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Not your ordinary dinner chitchat: Political artist drives hot topic conversation for Holocaust Museum

Not your ordinary dinner chitchat: Political artist drives hot topics

17 Heidi Gerger, from left, Debra Cohen, Kelly Zúñiga and Marcy Taub Wessel at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Heidi Gerger, from left, Debra Cohen, Kelly Zúñiga and Marcy Taub Wessel at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
1 Milton Klein, left, with Cheryl and Stephen Golubat the Art Circle launch October 2013
Milton Klein, left, with Cheryl and Stephen Golubat the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
21 Frank and Doreneat Herzog the Art Circle launch October 2013
Frank and Dorene Herzog at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
3 Kevin and Sabrina Lewis at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Kevin and Sabrina Lewis at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
8 David and Carol Neuberger at the Art Circle launch October 2013
David and Carol Neuberger at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
9 Mady and Ken Kades at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Mady and Ken Kades at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
11 Dean Putterman, left, with Anne Wilkes Tucker and Clint Willour at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Dean Putterman, left, with Anne Wilkes Tucker and Clint Willour at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
12 Judy and Mike Weingart at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Judy and Mike Weingart at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
19 Wendy Waitriss and Fred Baldwin at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Wendy Waitriss and Fred Baldwin at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
14 Nicole Longnecker, left, and Mae Levitanat the Art Circle launch October 2013
Nicole Longnecker, left, and Mae Levitanat the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
18 Johnathan Lack with artist Alfredo Jaar and Heather and Stephen Lack at the Art Circle launch October 2013
Johnathan Lack, from left, Alfredo Jaar and Heather and Stephen Lack at the Holocaust Museum Houston's Art Circle launch. Photo by © Dave Rossman
17 Heidi Gerger, from left, Debra Cohen, Kelly Zúñiga and Marcy Taub Wessel at the Art Circle launch October 2013
1 Milton Klein, left, with Cheryl and Stephen Golubat the Art Circle launch October 2013
21 Frank and Doreneat Herzog the Art Circle launch October 2013
3 Kevin and Sabrina Lewis at the Art Circle launch October 2013
8 David and Carol Neuberger at the Art Circle launch October 2013
9 Mady and Ken Kades at the Art Circle launch October 2013
11 Dean Putterman, left, with Anne Wilkes Tucker and Clint Willour at the Art Circle launch October 2013
12 Judy and Mike Weingart at the Art Circle launch October 2013
19 Wendy Waitriss and Fred Baldwin at the Art Circle launch October 2013
14 Nicole Longnecker, left, and Mae Levitanat the Art Circle launch October 2013
18 Johnathan Lack with artist Alfredo Jaar and Heather and Stephen Lack at the Art Circle launch October 2013

International political artist Alfredo Jaar drove conversation to an elevated level as guest of honor at a Holocaust Museum Houston Art Circle dinner, which followed his 90-minute lecture at the museum. The new Art Circle patronage group was created to connect museum members and the greater Houston community with artists and collectors who are engaged in social, political and human rights issues.

Jaar could not have been a better choice for the Art Circle launch.  The Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker lives and works in New York and is well known for his use of public art to reveal social injustice and inspire public action.

More than 40 art enthusiasts joined the dinner hosted by Heidi and David Gerger in their West University home. Heidi Gerger and noted art collector Frank Herzog chair the new Art Circle. which has already raised $18,000 for museum exhibitions.

Headliners included the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Anne Wilkes Tucker, FotoFest founders Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin and Clint Willour of the Galveston Arts Center, who were joined by Judy and Mike Weingart, Dorene Herzog, Debra and Steve Cohen, Holocaust Museum Houston chair Mark Mucasey, Milton Klein, Cheryl and Stephen Golub, Carol and David Neuberger, Nicole Longnecker and Mady and Ken Kades.

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