February 26, 2014

Mary Marshall

'The Auschwitz Etchings' Dedication Ceremony

Event Details: 3:00 p.m., March 02, Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Over the Wall, by Einar Hákonarson
Over the Wall, by Einar Hákonarson

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art will dedicate a new collection, "The Auschwitz Etchings," by noted Icelandic artist Einar Hákonarson, at a special ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the museum.

Due to the impending weather, call 314-977-2055 to check if this event is cancelled.

About 10 years ago, Hákonarson gifted the series of six etchings to his friends, St. Louisans Jordan and Lorraine Cherrick, who have donated the collection to SLUMA in order that the series might be experienced by the greater public. The collection is dedicated in honor of Fred Zeidman, chairman emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, in recognition of his lifelong efforts to help end all forms of intolerance. Zeidman will attend the ceremony.

"The Auschwitz Series of Etchings that Lorraine and I have donated to the Saint Louis University Museum of Art is a gift to humanity that will hopefully encourage those who see this great work of art never to forget the horrors of the Holocaust and never to allow such a heinous crime to occur again," Jordan Cherrick said.

"The Cherricks' donation is truly a gift of conscience," said Terrence Dempsey, S.J., director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, who has been in conversation with Jordan Cherrick for several years about this gift. "At the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, these etchings will be available not only to the University community, but to the larger public, as well. We are most grateful to the Cherricks for this important gift."

The dedication event is free and open to the public, however reservations are requested. Call 314-977-2055 to RSVP. Complimentary parking is available at the University's Canisius lot located on the northwest corner of Lindell and Spring. Additional information is available at sluma.slu.edu.

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