Holocaust Museum Houston Hosts Artist Alfredo Jaar
HOUSTON, TX (Sept. 30, 2013) – Alfredo Jaar – a Chilean-born artist, architect and filmmaker who lives and works in New York – talks about the power of art to reveal social injustice and inspire public action. He has a specific mission of engaging communities in dialogue.
Alfredo Jaar 
 Alfredo Jaar, "Lament of the Images," 2002

Jaar will take on that task once again in a special public presentation at Holocaust Museum Houston entitled “It Is Difficult,” set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Museum's Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston's Museum District.

Jaar combines imagery with performance art in the form of public interventions, which confront many terrible events happening around the world. His projects challenge critical issues that the international community neglects to acknowledge, such as genocide, displacement, poverty and violence. Jaar’s projects have taken him to locations all over the globe and his installations are the outcome of thorough research and interaction with the indigenous people of those regions.

His work has been shown extensively around the world. He recently completed two important permanent public commissions, “The Geometry of Conscience,” a memorial located next to the just opened Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago de Chile and “Park of the Laments,” a memorial park within a park sited next to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

Jaar's talk is presented as this year's Ruth Vinn Hendler Lack Lecture, in memory of the former executive director of the Museum.

Tickets are $5 for HMH members, students and seniors and $8 for nonmembers. Seating is limited, and advance registration is requested. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door.

After the Alfredo Jaar lecture, Art Circle members are invited to a private reception with the artist. The Art Circle is a group created to connect HMH members and the greater Houston community with artists and collectors engaged in social, political and/or human rights issues.  For more information about joining the Art Circle please contact Marci Dallas at mdallas@hmh.org.

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 othergenocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.

Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.
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