Two Anne Frank exhibitions to visit Windgate Gallery
Two moving and extraordinary exhibitions from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Anne Frank – A Private Photo Album, and Anne Frank: A History for Today, will be exhibited at Windgate Gallery and the CHARTS lobby May 17 – June 29, 2019, at The Center for Humanities and Arts (CHARTS) at University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College, 3000 W. Scenic Drive, in North Little Rock, Ark.
An opening night program and reception will be held on Friday, May 17, which will include a screening of the 28-minute film The Short Life of Anne Frank in the CHARTS theater at 5:30 p.m., a reception 6 - 8 p.m., with a speaker, Dieter “Dan” Lewin, Holocaust Survivor and United States Korean and Vietnam War Veteran, at 6:30 p.m. in the CHARTS lobby.
Music will be provided by Leanne Day-Simpson, violinist for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The reception and exhibit are both free and fully accessible to the public.
Windgate Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free and open to the public. Admission is free and open to the public.
In the Windgate Gallery
The last known dated picture of Anne Frank is from May of 1942, taken just weeks before her 13th birthday and two months before she went into hiding in the secret annex of her family’s home. After that, images of her life can only be found in her diary and – after her arrest – in official documents.
Her father Otto Frank survived the Holocaust. Back in Amsterdam, he discovered that albums with family photographs had been saved. We can hardly imagine his heartache when he saw these pictures again. Anne Frank: A Private Photo Album is an exhibit of these photographs, some rarely shown to the public.
Nothing we see in Otto Frank’s photos reveals the horrors that Anne and her family later endured. What we now know about the fate of Anne Frank has an effect on how the diary is perceived. Equally so, it is now impossible to view the photos that portray her life with an impartial eye.
In the CHARTS Lobby
The worldwide touring exhibit, Anne Frank: A History for Today, tells the story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War. The exhibit consists of large freestanding panels, with photographs and text in English and Spanish, illustrating the concrete consequences of National Socialism for one particular Jewish family.
By understanding the political decisions, historical facts, and events that governed their lives, we are better able to respect the human rights and dignity of those around us and to take action where necessary to defend others against discrimination and persecution.
This year marks what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday (born June 12, 1929), had she survived. It also marks the 75th anniversary of the Frank family’s arrest on August 4, 1944.
These exhibits are produced by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and distributed throughout the United States by the Anne Frank Center USA. Copyrighted photos used with permission: AFF/AFH – Basel/Amsterdam (Anne Frank Fonds - Basel / Anne Frank House - Amsterdam).
For more information, contact Windgate Gallery and CHARTS Theater Coordinator Debra Wood at (501) 812-2715 or [email protected].