THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020
KU EDWARDS CAMPUS
REGNIER HALL AUDITORIUM 12600 QUIVIRA ROAD
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS
In Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day-
Dr. David Shneer will speak about the experience of Soviet liberators and the photography they produced. In the West, Auschwitz became the symbol of genocide, but in Soviet territory, the Holocaust was more mundane and integrated into daily life under Nazi occupation. Because of this, Dr. Shneer argues, the absence documented in Soviet Holocaust liberation photography better reflects the experience of genocide than the human drama of survival captured in American and British photography. In these haunting and sublime images, Soviet photographers have unwittingly captured the story of genocide—ghostly landscapes haunted by the dead, not the living. Dr. Shneer is the Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, and Professor of History, Religious Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Complimentary reservations are available by calling 913-327-8196 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is presented in partnership with KU Jewish Studies. and supported by donations to MCHE’s 25th Anniversary Fund the Future Campaign.
Rae Stern: In Fugue
September 26, 2019- January 4, 2020
Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
Rae Stern: In Fugue features new, groundbreaking works in porcelain and paper. The exhibition focuses on the elusive and ephemeral nature of memory as both a personal and universal phenomenon. Through the manipulation of translucent attributes of porcelain and paper, and with innovative use of digital technology, the works pose questions about the relationship between object, memory, and time.Stern conducted community outreach to locate pre-WWII images from the personal albums of local Kansas City Holocaust survivors and their family members. The images depicted in the porcelain lithophanes portray daily scenes from pre-war life in communities across Europe that were later annihilated.