Nazism, the Arts, and the Pretense of Civilization with Ori Z. Soltes

Professor and author Ori Z. Soltes, as co-founding Director of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project, has spent 20 years focused on the issue of Nazi-plundered art. We are thrilled to have Ori join our team with a series of three lectures.

Nazism, the Arts, and the Pretense of Civilization Part 2

We will focus more on the contexts of Nazi acts of plundering and then turn to the issue of artists, revolving around their identity issues as immigrants and how this affected their art.

The second lecture concludes by raising the question of how we Americans understand ourselves to be champions of just and civilized expressions of human being.

Identity, Art, and Migration: Refugee Artists in America During the Nazi Period: Wednesday, March 16

 

Classi Lectures & Beth Tikvah Synagogue Toronto present Tour “Hare with the Amber Eyes” with Rena Tobey

Jewish Museum’s latest Exhibition “The Hare with the Amber Eyes”

The exhibition that tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection. The exhibition, on view at the Jewish Museum from November 19, 2021 through May 15, 2022, explores the family’s rise to prominence and splendor in the first half of the nineteenth century, followed by a focus on the prolific collector and historian of art, Charles Ephrussi, to the inter-war years, and finally World War II, when the family lost its fortune and collection to Nazi looting.

 

Note  START TIME 2pm

Les Nabis and Fauvism with Patrick Bade – Two Lectures

Fauvism

Fauvism, style of painting that flourished in France around the turn of the 20th century. Fauve artists used pure, brilliant colour aggressively applied straight from the paint tubes to create a sense of an explosion on the canvas.
The Fauves painted directly from nature, as the Impressionists had before them, but Fauvist works were invested with a strong expressive reaction to the subjects portrayed.

Also in the series:

Les Nabis – January 11 @ 4pm

Les Nabis and Fauvism with Patrick Bade – Two Lectures

Les Nabis

In Paris, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, and Édouard Vuillard were key in the Nabis- a group of young French artists active in Paris from 1888 until 1900, who played a large part in the transition from impressionism  to abstract art, symbolism and the other early movements of modernism

Interesting detail: The Nabis (a title taken from the Hebrew and Arabic term for “prophets”) were a Symbolist art group

Next in the series:

Fauvism – January 18 @ 4pm