Jul 23,2014: Exhibition

Art League Houston is excited to present Sexual Selection, a site specific outdoor installation in the ALH Sculpture Garden by New York-born and Houston-based installation artist Jo Ann Fleischhauer. The project is inspired by the evolutionary process of the Birds-of-Paradise known as sexual selection, where females choose their mate based on the shape, color and display of the males’ plumage, and have ultimately determined the species’ diverse and exotic variations. The installation explores ideas of visual aesthetics, in particular the function of beauty and features over one hundred brightly colored parasols that are hung throughout the trees. 

Sexual Selection re-conceptualizes an aspect of The Parasol Project, a temporary installation by the artist completed in 2007 at the historic Foley House in downtown Houston. The house façade and window apertures bloomed with 120 handmade umbrellas digitally printed with colorful floral-like configurations derived from Black and White Magnetic Resonance Images (MRIs) of the brain.  

For Sexual Selection, the extravagantly colored and patterned parasols have been reshaped into three different silhouettes and hung upside down from tree branches in the ALH’s Sculpture Garden, as if they are Birds-of-Paradise in courting display. The viewers may be struck by exotic color, pattern and shape peeking through the dense spring foliage.

“I was inspired by the documentary film, Paradise Found, which chronicles the identification and photographing of all 39 species of Birds-of-Paradise in New Guinea” says the artist. “The evolution of the different species has been purely based on “sexual selection,” or the female’s preference and vantage point”. 

The plumage of the male birds is extraordinarily extreme in color, shape and structural design.  Some of the feathers have evolved without efficiency and efficacy of flight as the dominant trait. Instead, the feathers have transformed into “ornaments of seduction” for their exotic courting rituals. The males are not monogamous; the female raises her young alone, therefore she scrupulously critiques potential mates to reproduce the “best” offspring. 

During Victorian times, parasols were used to flirt, convey hidden feelings. Preferences. Love. Interest.  A secret dance of courtship. The brain scans on the surfaces suggest a contemporary way of tracking and visualizing possible emotions. As a conceptual evolution of Parasol Project, Sexual Selection explores ideas of visual aesthetics, not as superfluous decoration, but having a direct relationship to form, function and evolution.

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Jul 27,2014: Jeff and Brede’s Triathlon

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Manny Ohonmes Changes Lives With Shoes

Good samaritans are people who do good deeds or get involved to help others. We think of good samaritans as heroes, especially when their actions save lives. Good samaritans are around us all the time responding and reacting and inspiring others, like the simple act of offering a boy a pair of shoes that led to the creation of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization based on the belief that “A pair of shoes can change a life.”

Manny Ohonmes was the boy who received the shoes (he won them in a contest) and years later paid the act forward by starting Samaritan’s Feet

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Jun 19,2014: Exhibition

Since its opening in 1996, Holocaust Museum Houston has asked visitors to consider the roles taken by people during the Holocaust and other genocides with the goal of eliminating apathy as a response to hatred and prejudice. The Museum’s newest exhibition will explore these important choices when “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” opens March 28, 2014. In this exhibition, viewers will encounter images and stories of people who engaged in rescue activities during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. The Rescuers

“The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage” is based on the work of Leora Kahn, who researched and interviewed rescuers from the Holocaust and other genocides. Each person’s image and testimony that visitors encounter in this exceptional photographic exhibition reflect “ordinary” citizens, who, by choosing to rescue the “other,” became heroes in a time when their country was committing acts of genocide. They came from different countries and different times, and for many, this is the first time they have told their stories – some risking their lives again in the telling. More than 30 images, accompanied by text from interviews, will tell the stories of farmers, taxi drivers, nuns, mothers and fathers who risked everything to save neighbors, friends and strangers.

Malka Drucker writes in the introduction to “Rescuers:  Portraits of Moral Courage” that “Unlike the bystanders who chose to accept life’s unfairness, the rescuers adopted an activist, aggressive stance when confronted by Nazi oppression of Jews.  Whether his or her opposition stemmed from religious belief, a political ideology, a family tradition of social activism, or personal experience, almost every rescuer was unusually intolerant of human injustice.” When asked why she saved a person, Mina Jahi, who engaged in rescue during the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, replied: “I knew that the same fate could happen to my children, to my sons, and it was totally normal to help a man in trouble. I didn’t separate him from my own children.” Enoch Rwanburindi of Rwanda said of his choice to rescue, “… I considered all human beings as God’s creation and loved them the same way.”

The exhibit is designed to raise awareness for the need to stand up to the injustices that are still happening in the world around us, and to contribute to the understanding of peace. Holocaust historian Dr. Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University notes, “With the example of the rescuers, we are now a little better prepared to give aid to those in danger, wherever and whenever that might be.” It is hoped that after viewing the photographs and learning from the accompanying thought-provoking stories, visitors will think about the choices that can be made in their lives every day and choose to join the Museum’s efforts to Stop Hate.

Location – Mincberg Gallery

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Jun 18,2014: Exhibition

Since its opening in 1996, Holocaust Museum Houston has asked visitors to consider the roles taken by people during the Holocaust and other genocides with the goal of eliminating apathy as a response to hatred and prejudice. The Museum’s newest exhibition will explore these important choices when “The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage,” opens March 28, 2014. In this exhibition, viewers will encounter images and stories of people who engaged in rescue activities during the Holocaust and genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. The Rescuers

“The Rescuers: Picturing Moral Courage” is based on the work of Leora Kahn, who researched and interviewed rescuers from the Holocaust and other genocides. Each person’s image and testimony that visitors encounter in this exceptional photographic exhibition reflect “ordinary” citizens, who, by choosing to rescue the “other,” became heroes in a time when their country was committing acts of genocide. They came from different countries and different times, and for many, this is the first time they have told their stories – some risking their lives again in the telling. More than 30 images, accompanied by text from interviews, will tell the stories of farmers, taxi drivers, nuns, mothers and fathers who risked everything to save neighbors, friends and strangers.

Malka Drucker writes in the introduction to “Rescuers:  Portraits of Moral Courage” that “Unlike the bystanders who chose to accept life’s unfairness, the rescuers adopted an activist, aggressive stance when confronted by Nazi oppression of Jews.  Whether his or her opposition stemmed from religious belief, a political ideology, a family tradition of social activism, or personal experience, almost every rescuer was unusually intolerant of human injustice.” When asked why she saved a person, Mina Jahi, who engaged in rescue during the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, replied: “I knew that the same fate could happen to my children, to my sons, and it was totally normal to help a man in trouble. I didn’t separate him from my own children.” Enoch Rwanburindi of Rwanda said of his choice to rescue, “… I considered all human beings as God’s creation and loved them the same way.”

The exhibit is designed to raise awareness for the need to stand up to the injustices that are still happening in the world around us, and to contribute to the understanding of peace. Holocaust historian Dr. Debórah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University notes, “With the example of the rescuers, we are now a little better prepared to give aid to those in danger, wherever and whenever that might be.” It is hoped that after viewing the photographs and learning from the accompanying thought-provoking stories, visitors will think about the choices that can be made in their lives every day and choose to join the Museum’s efforts to Stop Hate.

Location – Mincberg Gallery

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Jun 17,2014: A Stroke Doesn’t Have to Happen

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