Presentation Title

Regarding After: Art in a Post-Holocaust World

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Arts and Humanities

Discipline

Art

Mentor

Marin Sullivan

Date & Time

April 9th at 9 AM - 10 AM

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

Abstract

This presentation seeks to explore the relationship between Jewish and German art in a post-Holocaust world. It will examine the work of two contemporary artists - a Jewish survivor, Samuel Bak, and Anselm Kiefer, a German born in early 1945. Though each possesses a unique relationship to the Second World War and the Holocaust, both took inspiration from the work of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and more specifically his Melencolia series, as a lens through which to communicate their changed experiences with faith, guilt, and trauma in a post-genocidal world. Using the historical context of the Holocaust and postwar Germany as well as close formal analysis of specific artworks by these artists, this presentation seeks to understand why these artists turned to the theme of melancholy and how both seek to intertwine past and present in their works.

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Apr 9th, 9:00 AM

Regarding After: Art in a Post-Holocaust World

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 282

This presentation seeks to explore the relationship between Jewish and German art in a post-Holocaust world. It will examine the work of two contemporary artists - a Jewish survivor, Samuel Bak, and Anselm Kiefer, a German born in early 1945. Though each possesses a unique relationship to the Second World War and the Holocaust, both took inspiration from the work of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer and more specifically his Melencolia series, as a lens through which to communicate their changed experiences with faith, guilt, and trauma in a post-genocidal world. Using the historical context of the Holocaust and postwar Germany as well as close formal analysis of specific artworks by these artists, this presentation seeks to understand why these artists turned to the theme of melancholy and how both seek to intertwine past and present in their works.