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Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust

Dr. Erica Lehrer - Professor, History and Sociology-Anthropology; Director, Curating and Public Scholarship Lab, Concordia University
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Can inanimate objects store and communicate traumatic memory that cannot be directly expressed? This talk examines 'folk art' made by non-professional Polish artists – many of them village laborers – documenting the German Nazi occupation of Poland and the Holocaust. Made largely in the 1960s and 70s, these objects are uncanny: at times deeply moving, at others grotesque, they can also be disturbing for the ways they impose Catholic idioms on Jewish suffering, or upend accepted roles of victim, perpetrator, and bystander.

Zoom webinar - please register here:
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Presentation
Tags: Culture, European, Graduate School, History, Jewish Studies, Museum, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Museum Studies Program, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies