Holocaust Book Exhibit , Lecture, and Reception

May 5, 2006, 7:30 PM

Location: Libray second floor

There will be an exhibit of artist books about the Holocaust in the Library from May 1 – June 9. There will also be two lectures about Holocaust Art by Julia Alderson and Artists Books by Patricia Cheyne on May 5 at 7:30 followed by a reception.
Holocaust Book exhibit Pacific will showcase its unique collection of 10 artist books about the Holocaust for the first time from May 1 to June 9 in the Library. The books, donated to the University in 1999 by Min Zidell, were created by Dave Anderson. Two lectures will also be held in conjunction with the exhibit on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Art history Professor Julia Alderson will speak about Holocaust art and Cheyne will discuss these books and artist books in general. A reception will follow. Many of the books contain artwork and writing from the children and inmates from Terezin (Theresienstadt in German), a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. In addition, the books include historical information about the area. Created in 1993 and 1994, the books were commissioned at the request of Zidell’s daughter. They were displayed at the Oregon Jewish Museum in 1993. “These books capture the human aspects of the tragedy of the Holocaust,” said art Professor Patricia Cheyne, who is coordinating the exhibit. “They are made of materials that bring the viewer into a personal relation with the loss of the individuals. And by quoting different sources from camp literature, the artist has given voice to the actual people who experience this horror. These books show the best in the artist book tradition in that they document the Holocaust not only in a verbal but also visual way.” Anderson has created several books, including a book commissioned for Japanese Princess Masako Owada and Crown Prince Naruhito, and African Slavery Books, which were exhibited at California State University Fullerton. Anderson has worked in advertising and creative design management. He studied papermaking at Portland Community College and is affiliated with the Oregon Book Artist Guild. The exhibit will be in the reference book section of the Library and the University has received permission for limited audience participation, meaning the books can be opened with white cotton gloves for anyone who would like to turn pages and interact with the art.