On October 8, 2013, over 200 people gathered in the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in Annunciation Center to view the fall exhibition, Held Against Their Will. The exhibition, developed to coordinate with the annual Week of Holocaust Remembrance, November 11-15, 2013, organized by the Holocaust Education Resource Center at the College, reveals how people around the world have been improperly imprisoned because of their gender, national origin, political beliefs, race and/or religion.
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This important and timely exhibition includes the work of 13 artists whose images in paintings, drawings, mixed media sculptures, photographs, and lithographs address the horrors of illegal captivity during the Holocaust in Europe and in Cambodia, Columbia, Iraq, Russia and the United States at various times. The artists include Kiyomi Baird, Aileen Bassis, Daniel Heyman, Helen Kaar, Neal Korn, Diana Kurz, Len Merlo, Bob Ricciotti, Wayne Charles Roth, Hernando Rico Sanchez, Roger Shimomura, Lisa Westheimer and Sue Zwick.
As Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D., the director of the CSE Maloney Art Gallery and the curator of the exhibition notes, "Each artist uses different means and various incidents to reveal man's inhumanity to other men and women. The show was created to address prior discrimination, illegal restraint, kidnapping, torture, murder and genocide, events that still continue throughout the world today."
On November 11, 2013, Held Against Their Will was open for viewing from 5:30-7:30 pm, prior to the 7:30 program in honor of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This program was held in Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center and featured speakers, Steven D. Smith, Executive Director, USC Shoah Foundation and UNESCO Chair in Genocide Education, and Pinchas Gutter, Holocaust Survivor (Poland) who discussed, "New Dimensions in Survivor Testimony: The Hologram Project." On November 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Dr. Butera gave tours of the art exhibition in Maloney Art Gallery for the campus and the public as part of the Week of Holocaust Remembrance programming.
Held Against Their Will was on view through November 26, 2013.
For more information on the art exhibition, please contact Dr. Butera at email@example.com or 973-290-4314.
For more information on the Week of Holocaust Remembrance, visit www.cse.edu/holocaustcenter or please contact Dr. Harriet Sepinwall, Co-Director of the Holocaust Education Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-290-4351.