HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 2017 - A few days after the opening of TRUMP! The Art Show, co-curated by artist and civil right attorney Randall Kallinen and John Paul Hartman, something strange happened. They received a large number of art works from anonymous Texas elementary school children - paintings, cartoons, sketches, and even flyers. With over 70 works received to date, they decided to include a number of them in the show, making them part of the highlight of the show’s closing, which will take place on Saturday, May 13 from 7 to 10 pm at 511 Broadway Street in Houston. (If you haven’t seen the show, mark your calendar! The public is invited at no charge).
I went back to the Kallinen Contemporary to check out what the fuss was all about. Here’s a sampling of what I found which shows their concern, fear and hope:
The works reminds me of a time long ago, when Ruby Bridges sat with Robert Coles to explain her thoughts. I recall that she too drew her world on a fragile piece of paper.
What kind of nation are we to scare our children like this? We are failing the next generation. The terrorist, as another wise man said, is in the White House.