Faces of Revival:
Postwar Russia in the Art of Felix Lembersky (1913-1970)
A Painting Exhibition
September 1 - December 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 6pm-8:30pm
with keynote speaker Ori Z. Soltes
Felix Lembersky's art touches on universal themes of surival, resilience, memory, and spirituality--themes that are especially relevant today when our world is facing multiple military engagements, international upheaval, and the confrontation of totalitarian regimes by their people. Lembersky was a witness to such events two generations ago. His is a story of courage and the unrelenting pursuit of freedom, told through paintings and drawings that offer a vision of vitality and hope prevailing over violence and despair. His panorama of people and places is communicated in a visual language that evolves from realistic description to symbolic evocation, achieving a heightened expression that reveals unspoken truths.
Thursday, September 22, 6pm-8:30pm:
Opening Reception and Keynote Talk by Ori Z. Soltes
Ori Z. Soltes is the Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University and former Director and Curator of the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington D.C.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 8:00 pm-9:30 pm:
Thursday, November 10, 6pm-9pm:
Academic Symposium: Revival in Art and Culture after World War II
Featuring a panel of distinguished speakers from around the world, this symposium will examine topics related to the exhibition, including the intersection of realism and modernism, Socialist Realism and non-conformism, Judaic and Christian symbols in modern Jewish art, and the revival of art after the trauma of war.
- Alison Hilton, Ph. D – the Wright Family Professor of Art History and director of M.A. Program in Art and Museum Studies at Georgetown University. Professor Hilton’s major area of research and publication is Russian and Soviet art with focus on nonconformist art, Impressionism, Russian folk art and women and gender issues.
- Irina Karasik, Ph. D – Art historian and senior research curator at the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Karasik published extensively on Russian and Soviet art.
- David Shneer, Ph. D. – Professor of History at University of Colorado. His work concentrates on modern Jewish society and culture, modern Russian and Jewish history, and the history of Jews and sexuality.
- Joe Troncale, Ph. D. – Associate professor of Russian Literature and Visual Culture. Dr. Troncale curated two exhibitions of contemporary Russian painting and non-conformist art. He published on literature, film, and painting.
Curator: Holland Dieringer, Gallery Director
Sponsored by The Jewish Cultural Endowment at Boston University, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston and The Boston University Hillel.
Monday through Friday: 9am-10pm