Drawn to Action: The Life and Work of Arthur Szyk
October 25, 2014-January 31, 2015
When Hitler invaded Poland, caricaturist and activist Arthur Szyk was drawn to action. His pen became a weapon against hatred and injustice.
Szyk was a proud Polish-Jew and later, also a proud American. He was an incredibly talented artist who could create finely detailed and elegant “medieval” Jewish art as well as political and satirical caricatures—which he did the moment Nazi boots stepped onto Polish soil. He expressed his feelings with an energetic palette of dramatic color and the use of exaggerated features to humiliate the people he despised and glorify those he wanted to portray as heroic or powerful.
“Art is not my aim, it is my means,” Szyk proclaimed. His artwork became his way of participating in the war against the Nazis and the Axis powers. He was on a mission, literally “to alert and inform the Americans about the gravity of the situation in Europe.” Eleanor Roosevelt described him as “a one-man army” for the Allied cause.
Ever an activist, his later artwork allowed him to become a voice against Jim Crow, the KKK and lynching.
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Educator Preview Night: November 4, 2014, 4:30 -6:30 p.m.
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The 2014 Hope for Humanity Award Dinner honoring Stan Rabin will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at the Fairmont Hotel in the Regency Ballroom. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. It will be a night of recognition and celebration.
Funds raised at this event will support the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance which is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have a profound effect on people of all ages and reach at least 30,000 school children each year.