Every spring in Houston, public art blossoms in our city parks, but this year, a very special art project returns to the city with a key message for our turbulent times, Coexistence. Presented by the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), in partnership with educational, cultural, civic, religious, and corporate communities of greater Houston, the free outdoor exhibition of large-scale visual art can be viewed in Hermann Park along Fannin Street until May 30.
Coexistence features 45 panels of graphic art created by 42 acclaimed artists from 18 countries and four continents, including North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Featured artists include Yoko Ono, Sharon and Ralph Etgar, Nammala Galada, Jose Rementeria, Lex Drawinski, Shigeo Fukuda, and Letita Bouwer — among many others. Along with the visual art, look for panels of quotations in four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German) from philosophers, learned writers, and artists.
Since the Holocaust Museum first brought the touring exhibition to Houston in 2006, it has journeyed to cities across the globe and expanded its roster of artists creating their own interpretation on the coexistence theme.
Wander through the art on a fine spring day, but don’t forget to check out some of the ongoing activities and programs scheduled in celebration of the exhibition. HMH’s NextGen will hosting a free “Yoga and Art in the Park” at 9 am Saturday, May 18, at Hermann Park’s Molly Ann Smith Plaza, followed by a docent-led tour of the exhibition and a Post-it note “therapy” session with artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez. HMH will also offer special art programming and field trips for students.
“This exhibition has traveled the world spreading the word of peace and well, coexistence,” said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, CEO of Holocaust Museum Houston, in a statement. “As the nation’s most diverse city, we need this message reiterated as we continue to set the harmonious community example for the rest of the country.”
While Coexistence will have to travel on at the end of May, Houston can look forward to our own beacon of coexistence to bloom again as the Holocaust Museum Houston reopens their new Lester and Sue Smith Campus in later June.
Coexistence runs in Hermann Park (6001 Fannin St.) along Fannin Street through May 30.