Johannes Boekhoudt "Without a Face"
October 24 - March 2024
Johannes Boekhoudt was born in 1966 in Willemstad, Curaçao and raised in Costa Rica. He now calls Texas home. The abstract expressionist launched his art career in New York. Since then, Boekhoudt has had exhibitions at museums in galleries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Utilizing the canvas as a form of communication for social commentary, Johannes is continuously stirred by the world around him. He evaluates societal circumstances that he has experienced, some troubling or disturbing, some joyful or mysterious, and then interprets them through a series of large format paintings in oil, acrylic or mixed media on canvas.
In 2019, Boekhoudt created the series of canvases about the plight of children in war and the risk of other wars. Without a Face is a group of paintings that depict children from around the world who do not want to see any more atrocities. For the next Generation, we need to generate reflection on how to prevent this from happening again and again. Boekhoudt wants to raise awareness of the human right violations in war and create discussion of the personal devastation that it generates. Children deserve a better future. The self-taught artist has an exceptional ability to absorb and convey his feelings in his paintings. Boekhoudt considers himself a social activist artist. His paintings are social commentaries advocating change for good in the world.
Don Schol '59 "Vietnam Remembrances"
After his tour in Vietnam, Don and his teammates were sent to Hawaii to complete their works on paper, canvas, and in clay for the Army Office of Military History War Art Collection, housed in Washington, D.C. After completing this mission, Don returned to Fort Hood to train other young men to function and survive in the Vietnam War. The images represented in this suite are based on Schol’s personal experiences, while he served in Vietnam as Combat Artist. Some of the images literally depict what he actually witnessed and experienced. Others symbolize something he felt about a particular experience or collective. This more expressive approach to creating imagery was characteristic of those artists of the German Expressionist movement whose work Schol was attracted to and inspired by, such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Max Beckmann, who were themselves subjected to the horrors of war during World War I. He found a kinship with them and their style of expression.
The set of 18 lithographs prints, signed, titled, and numbered series 5/8 from the woodblocks were donated by John Mullen '59.
WPA Artists in the Jesuit Dallas Museum Collection
Outside of the Melsheimer Family Theater
To liaison with the Fine Arts Department and the production of John Steinbeck’s play Of Mice & Men, the Jesuit Dallas Museum created the exhibition, WPA (Works Progress Administration) Artists from the Jesuit Dallas Museum Collection. The exhibition brings together the work of artists who were part of the WPA program during the 1930’s – 1940’s. Artists included are: Will Barnet, Herbert Bayer, Edward Hagedorn, Riva Helfond, Chet LaMore, Russell Limbach, and Beatrice Mandelman. As part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression, the government-funded Federal Art Project (1935 -43) of the WPA(Works Progress Administration) hired as many as 10,000 artists to create murals, paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theatre scenic design, and arts and crafts.
The Builders, the Great Human Race, John L. Doyle (1939-2010)
Hall of Honors
The purpose of The Builders is to show how man’s ideas and concepts relate to the structures of The Great Human Race and this reflects his fascination with the human condition. The artist described himself as an “image maker,” a person devoted to producing visual conceptions. Many of his works have a historical or architectural perspective that derives from careful observation and research.