The Auschwitz Etchings
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Plans Dedication Ceremony for
"The Auschwitz Etchings" for Sunday, March 2
The etchings were donated by Jordan and Lorraine Cherrick
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) 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 located at 3663 Lindell Blvd.
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. Mr. Zeidman will attend the ceremony.
Jordan Cherrick stated, "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."
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 states, "The Cherricks' donation is truly a gift of conscience. 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.
About Einar Hákonarson
Over the course of a 40-year career, Hákonarson has become one of Iceland's most distinguished artists, with 30 exhibitions in multiple countries. Primarily a painter, he has also won numerous awards for his work in printmaking, and he reignited interest in the medium in Iceland. In 1965, he made an unforgettable trip to Auschwitz, resulting in time in the "Auschwitz Etchings." Combining abstraction and figuration, the series takes the viewer from the prisoners' journey to Auschwitz to the triumph of the human spirit.
About Fred Zeidman
Fred Zeidman, now Chairman Emeritus of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002 and served as chair until 2010. A prominent Houston-based business and civic leader, Zeidman is also the chairman emeritus of the University of Texas Health Sciences System and serves on the board of trustees of the Texas Heart Institute and the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. In addition, he also is vice chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition and served on the U.S. delegation to the Anti-Semitism Conference in Berlin.