“Fragile Fragments” Examines Complex Relationship Between Art and Loss

HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 9, 2010) – Holocaust Museum Houston’s coming exhibit “Fragile Fragments: Expressions of Memory” raises an intriguing question: how is the Holocaust memorialized in the visual arts and how will it be remembered by future generations?

 Kalman grid painting

 Kalman grid painting,
by Roz Jacobs

The exhibit, opening Nov. 5, 2010 and running through June 5, 2011 in the Museum’s Mincberg Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., examines the complex relationship between art and loss as seen from the perspectives of several different female artists – Thea Weiss, Roz Jacobs, Ziva Eisenberg, Nancy Patz and author Susan L. Roth.

The public is invited to a free preview reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at which some of the artists will discuss their work. Advance registration is required for the reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

The exhibit shows the unique power in blending art and personal history, using both as a doorway to the past. Each of the artists worked directly with a Holocaust survivor to create their body of work highlighted in the exhibition.

Weiss is an Australian artist whose series of paintings entitled “2065 – A Healed Memory” recounts the life of her mother-in-law and Holocaust survivor, Lotte Weiss, the only survivor of a close-knit family of eight Czechoslovakian Jews who were decimated by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jacobs, is a New York City artist who has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in galleries and museums in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Israel and Japan since 1987. In “The Memory Project,” she focuses on her own family’s history to explore the convergence of memory, loss and the creative process. The subject is her mother’s brother, a young boy, Kalman, who was last seen in Poland during World War II.

For “18 Stones,” Patz created a series of drawings, each of which is accompanied by a prose poem by Roth. The works were inspired by 18 photographs from the Chaja Verveer collection at Holocaust Museum Houston. Patz and Roth offer what they call their small stones – 18 prose poems and 18 drawings, inspired by 18 photographs – to the people represented in the photographs, in an effort to pay tribute to those whose histories were involuntarily, abruptly, dramatically changed or stopped short.

Roth is a nationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator.

Eisenberg is an Israeli-born artist currently living in England. Her husband, Joe (Yossi) Eisenberg, is a Polish-born Holocaust survivor born in 1939. The inspiration for the “Holocaust Project” was sparked by listening to Houston Holocaust survivor and her husband Joe’s aunt, Celina Fein, speak of her personal experience during that time. Fein’s brother put his son Joe into hiding when he was three years old.

Eisenberg’s work is presented in five installations inspired by survivor Erika Blumgrundova’s poem “Thoughts.”

The exhibit is generously underwritten by Frost, H-E-B, the Morgan Family Foundation, Carol Desenberg, Beth Wolff Realtors, Ilene Allen, H. Fred and Velva G. Levine, and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stein, and is presented with special thanks to Continental Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

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