Houston: Jas. Mardis’ “The Return of the African Dodger” Has Landed

IMG_0768If you are in the Houston, Texas area please stop by the Holocaust Museum of Houston and check out the juried exhibition, Genocide: Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind, and my contribution, titled: “Am I Human to You Yet?: The Return of the African Dodger“.

Did you know that the Dunk Tank is a compromise to the Amusement Park human target game where baseballs and stones were thrown at African-American men’s heads…all across America…for years?

Did you know that the men were often maimed, blinded and even killed as a result of professional athletes and gangs of White youths ambushing the “African Dodger”?

Did you know that there is currently a shooting target being sold at Gun Shows called “The Running Nigger Target” and the scoring target is the penis, just like in lynchings where the penis was often removed as a souvenir?

Come by the exhibition and see multiple takes of the theme of Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind. At the Artist Reception the crowd was googling the subject matter out of disbelief. It is a grand show.

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September 30, 2016 through December 31, 2016
Holocaust Museum Houston’s first contemporary juried exhibit, “GENOCIDE:  Man’s Inhumanity to Humankind,” includes 65 selections representing 2D and 3D media. Works featured are from the more than 600 submissions by Texas area artists, with the exception of film and video. This contemporary art exhibition explores the suffering humans are capable of bestowing on one another. “GENOCIDE” is the brainchild of Holocaust Museum Houston’s changing exhibitions committee, including Gus Kopriva, owner of the Redbud Gallery in Houston, and Clint Willour, curator for the Galveston Arts Center. Willour also was the juror of the exhibition. He has served as juror for numerous commercial and non-profit organizations. The topic of genocide is part of HMH’s mission to teach the dangers against hatred, prejudice and apathy. Through the eyes of each artists’ work, these lessons are reflected vividly, hauntingly and provocatively with the understanding of the brutality and senselessness of such acts. Inviting artists with ties to Texas inspires collaboration with the museum and further promotes the programs and activities of HMH.  Privately donated cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place and a catalogue will be produced. HMH members are invited to a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, 2016, with opening remarks by Gus Kopriva and Clint Willour at 6:30 p.m.   Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

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