In a continuation of their commitment to represent the community in Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston’s (HMH) first juried exhibition in its expanded building, Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict, will explore themes of social justice and human rights through 100 artworks of Houston Latinx artists.
The multi-media exhibition opens on April 30 and will be a platform that examines issues that impact the community, fosters dialogue on difficult questions, and ultimately empowers social change through art. The exhibit includes several themes of focus including border relations, gender roles, domestic violence, the immigrant experience, and social and political turmoil.
“When we put out the call to Latinx artists to join the conversation on art as a catalyst of change, we knew Houston’s vibrant art community would show up in force,” said HMH CEO Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga. “We were overwhelmed with submissions and are delighted to feature the artwork of such talented artists.”
Withstand is curated by Gabriela Magana and Rosa Ana Orlando. Born and raised in Mexico, Magana is an artist and curator based in 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, Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict will be on view from April 30 through October 17, 2021 in the Museum’s Mincberg Gallery and Spira Central Gallery, with sculptures located in the adjacent Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery.