Cast from Life: George Segal’s "The Holocaust"
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John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Join us for a special lecture by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett as we explore and analyze the creation and reception of George Segal's The Holocaust and how it speaks to its time, what does it say about our current climate and its relation to other works of contemporary art. The lecture will be followed by a viewing of the sculpture and remarks about the restoration by Rowan Geiger of Preservation Arts,
"In retrospect, it seems inevitable that George Segal would create The Holocaust. The ghostly aura of his earlier white figures cast from life seems to prefigure the ensemble that stands today next to the Legion of Honor. Holocaust survivors on the jury for a memorial in San Francisco wanted a powerful statement. Segal won the competition by delivering just that. How did The Holocaust speak to its time and how does it speak to ours – to Holocaust denial, resurgent antisemitism, and “Never again.” " -Barbara Kirshenblatt
Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust is sponsored by ArtCare, Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. She is currently Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt), The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (with Jonathan Karp), and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler), among others.
She was honored for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, received the Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture, honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and University of Haifa, the 2015 Marshall Sklare Award for her contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry, and was decorated with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for her contribution to POLIN Museum. She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Jewish Museum Vienna, Jewish Museum Berlin, and the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. She also advises on museum and exhibition projects in Lithuania and Israel.
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