University of Minnesota
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies


Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust

Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust

October 10-December 22, 2011
Reception: Sunday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Tychman Shapiro Gallery
Sabes JCC

This extraordinary exhibit showcases the work of five Holocaust survivors who use art as a means to approach all they witnessed. These artists created work during and following the Holocaust, and some still create art today. The colorful artwork created on the walls of the barracks and shreds of paper using coal and pieces of colored pencils are a testament to the human spirit, enduring against insurmountable odds.

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to view the art of Samuel Bak, Alfred Kantor, Dina Gottliebova Babbitt and Ela Weissberger on loan from the Gotthelf Art Gallery San Diego Center in La Jolla, California. Additionally, this exhibit includes work from local survivor Lucy Smith.

Artist Biographies (PDF) art-survives-bios.pdf

In loving memory of Stephen Feinstein by Susan Feinstein

Related Events:

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Remarks by Jodi Elowitz, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, U of M followed by a reception and gallery tour.

Seeing The World Through Art: Creating a Symbol from Your Childhood Memory
Workshop with David Feinberg
Sunday, October 30, 1-4:00 p.m.
Art is a way to investigate the world. During this workshop, create an artistic symbol from your childhood, using inspiration from the exhibit. Your symbol becomes your story and is expanded when shared and explored in a larger context. No artistic experience necessary, just an open mind!

For more information visit the Sabes JCC website.

For Artistic Responses to the Holocaust visit the CHGS Virtual Museum.

Art Survives Expressions from the Holocaust. Article