Aug 31, 2011
Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through photographic portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. Humboldt State University’s Reese Bullen Gallery presents Multiply by Six Million from September 2 to October 8, 2011 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The exhibition showcases contemporary photographer Evvy Eisen’s 15-year-long project to create portraits of survivors living in California and to collect their personal histories. Critically lauded, the project’s works are included in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France.
By featuring individual survivor portraits and stories, Multiply by Six Million offers viewers a personal perspective on the Holocaust. Survivors tell their stories in hopes that the seeds of today’s intolerance and bigotry are recognized in time to prevent tomorrow’s genocides. The exhibition describes the horrors that the survivors experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then came to the United States to create meaningful lives and contribute to society in their adopted county. Survivor Frank Roubicek shares, “The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer.”
Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors includes 37 stunning black and white photographs and is accompanied by an album of additional survivor portraits. Interpretive text allows visitors to understand historical events in Europe leading up to the Holocaust and contemplate current concerns about intolerance and genocide. The exhibit was organized by Exhibit Envoy, with support from photographer Evvy Eisen. Exhibit Envoy provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums and galleries throughout California.
The exhibition will be on display at the Reese Bullen Gallery through October 8. The gallery, located in the HSU Art Building directly across from the Van Duzer Theater, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 12-5 p.m., Thursday 12-7 p.m. and Saturday 10-2 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is available at meters and day permits are available for $3.50 at parking kiosks.
For more information contact the gallery office at (707) 826-5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.