Featuring the work of accomplished printmakers Erwin Eisch, Mauricio Lasansky, and Zoya Cherkassky. Artists Remember explores the unique imagery artists use to confront the deplorable and murderous history of Nazi era oppression and genocide. Their works provide us with a safe place for thoughtful recognition and reflection on one of the worst chapters in human history.
This exhibition is being presented as part of Out of Darkness: Holocaust Messages for Today, a community-wide effort of cultural organizations, educators, libraries, and sponsors to help children and adults remember and learn from the Holocaust and work together to achieve four common goals:
- Provide a forum for collaboration within the community and region using Holocaust history to prompt dialogue on issues that are relevant today.
- Educate the next generation of community leaders on the lessons of history and how those apply today.
- Build a more vibrant, inclusive and tolerant community by giving context to the patterns of history around racism, exclusion and authoritarianism.
- Create social capital by bonding, bridging and linking partners to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts for greater community impact.
This initiative was inspired by the upcoming Quad City Symphony Orchestra performance of Two Remain (Out of Darkness), a chamber opera written in 2016 by Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer. Two Remain tells the true story of two Jewish Holocaust survivors, Krystyna Zywulska and Gad Beck.
Ballet Quad Cities
Black Box Theatre
Danville Station Museum
Figge Art Museum
German American Heritage Center
Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities
Iowa Jewish Historical Society
Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
Moline Public Library
National Czech and Slovak Museum
Putnam Museum and Science Center
Quad City Botanical Center
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Rock Island Public Library
St. Ambrose University
University of Iowa
Supporting sponsor: Susan Perry and Stan Goodyear
Contributing sponsors: Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities | Mark and Barbara Zimmerman