'Remembrance in Action Art Exhibition' is on display in the
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences through February 15.
Artwork created by Austin, Texas, community members who were outraged
after the 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Newspaper clippings from 'The Holocaust Unfolds: Reports From
Detroit, 1933-1961' exhibition are pictured.
The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is hosting the “Remembrance in
Action Art Exhibition,” which features two exhibitions at the
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences that focus on antisemitism in
the past and present.
Kyle Kooyers, associate director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute,
said he noticed strong emotional reactions from people viewing the exhibition.
“It is rare that I see a dry eye walking out of our space after
perusing those pieces, reading their descriptions and just taking a
moment to pause and sit with the context from which these pieces were
put together,” said Kooyers.
As a unit within the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the institute
promotes interfaith understanding on campus and in West Michigan
through events and initiatives. Kooyers said these exhibitions serve
as a response to the historical wrong-doings that were committed
against the Jewish community in the U.S. and overseas.
The first exhibit, “The Holocaust Unfolds: Reports From Detroit,
1933-1961,” features newspaper clippings from the Detroit Jewish News
and Detroit Jewish Chronicles that were written before, during and
after World War II. This exhibit takes the viewer through the war’s
progression, divulging more information with each newspaper feature.
The second exhibit, “From Darkness to Light: Mosaics Inspired by
Tragedy,” features artwork by Susan Ribnick of Austin, Texas, and
members of her community who were outraged after the 2018 shooting at
the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The mass shooting resulted
in 11 deaths and is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in
“The exhibit looks to not only highlight the tragic events but also
look towards all the light and togetherness that met that violence. It
seeks to not only pursue healing but also to combat the hate, bigotry
and antisemitism from this and other instances of violence,” Kooyers said.
in Action is the first art exhibition sponsored by the Kaufman
Interfaith Institute. The temporary gallery, which includes artwork
from an exhibit in Battle Creek, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from
10 a.m.-3 p.m. in CHS, room 290. It runs through February 15. Members
of the public can make scheduling arrangements online.
On Thursday, January 26, WGVU Public Media will host a screening of
“L’dor v’dor: An Eternal Tree,” a WGVU documentary on the Holocaust
Memorial at Frederik Meijer Gardens. The screening will be followed by
a panel discussion by GVSU and community members. Register
for the event online.