U of M’s Nash gallery brings ‘voice to vision’


This month, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Arts Quarter presents artworks created in collaboration with survivors of genocides from all over the world, dating back to the Holocaust.

Voice to Vision

Sept. 2–Oct. 2

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art

405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

For the exhibit, called Voice to Vision, artist and U of M professor David Feinberg brought together artists and survivors of atrocities during the Holocaust and in Darfur, Rwanda, Laos and Tibet to create not only art reflecting their experiences, but films about the collaboration.

The artists worked alongside the survivors, who spoke about their memories as the artwork was created. “The resulting works of art, accomplished in unique collaboration, are a permanent testimony for future generations to understand what so many millions have suffered,” states a release about the project and exhibit.

The four films will be shown in conjunction with panel discussions with the survivors. Click on each “Voice to Vision” heading to link to the artworks and stories of what inspired each piece and how it was created.

Voice to Vision I
Holocaust Survivors Share Experiences Through Art
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7–9 p.m.
Holocaust survivors Murray Brandys and Joe Grosnecht and artist Emily Krikava. Moderated by Voice To Vision Director David Feinberg.

Voice to Vision III
Romania 1941/Rwanda 1994
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2–4:30 p.m.
Holocaust survivors Max and Edith Goodman and Rwandan survivors Floriane Robins Brown and Alice Tuza, moderated by Ellen Kennedy, interim director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Voice to Vision II
If Nothing Else They’ll Hear My Beating Heart
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7–9 p.m.
Panelists include Holocaust survivors Lucy Smith and Sabina Zimering and composer Midge McCloy. Moderated by Sheila O’Connor, professor of creative writing, Hamline University.

*Voice to Vision IV”:http://www.chgs.umn.edu/museum/exhibitions/voice/voiceFour.html
It Was Meant to Be — Germany, Tibet and Laos (world premiere)
Saturday, Sept. 27, 2–4:30 p.m.
Panelists include Holocaust survivor Margot De Wilde, Tibetan survivor Dorjay Sakya, and Laotian survivors Yer and Pa Lee. Moderated by Patricia Frazier, professor of psychology.

You can see images of the creation of the art, as well as educational videos, here.