Holocaust Museum Houston presents "Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict" opening day
Holocaust Museum Houston will open its first juried exhibition in its expanded building, "Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict," which will explore themes of social justice and human rights through 100 artworks of Houston Latinx artists. The multi-media exhibition will be a platform that examines issues that impact the community, fosters dialogue on difficult questions, and ultimately empowers social change through art.
The art featured in the exhibition includes several themes of focus including border relations, gender roles, domestic violence, the immigrant experience and social and political turmoil. "Withstand" is curated by Gabriela Magana and Rosa Ana Orlando. Born and raised in Mexico, Magana is an artist and curator based in Houston. She holds a BA in Painting from the University of St. Thomas Houston, and is currently working on a MA in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston. From Venezuela, Orlando is a museum specialist with extensive knowledge of art history. She has more than 15 years of experience in art collection management, as well as a strong background in exhibition planning and design.
Guest juror Susana Monteverde, a Houston transplant from Mexico City and art activator specializing in contemporary art, will choose the three pieces to win cash rewards. Third place will be presented with $1,000, second place with $1,500 and the grand prize artist will receive $2,500.
Due to the 100-piece size of the multi-media exhibition, it will be one view in the Museum’s Mincberg Gallery and Spira Central Gallery, with sculptures located in the adjacent Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery. The exhibition will remain on display through October 17.