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Exhibition Detail
Drawn from Memory: Holocaust and History in the Art of Samuel Bak
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

September 19th, 2008 - November 30th, 2008
Study for ApPEARing, Samuel BakSamuel Bak, Study for ApPEARing,
2007, mixed media on paper
© Courtesy of Pucker Gallery, Boston
Tu, Sa, & Su 10 am–5 pm We, Th, & Fri 10 am–8 pm

This exhibition highlights drawings by Samuel Bak, a contemporary artist whose work has continually addressed the tragedies of the Holocaust through personal metaphors. Reinterpreting iconic themes from Western traditions of art and combining it with recurrent iconography, Bak inflects artistic tropes with his own experience as a child who suffered the tragedies of loss and deprivation during World War II. Bak effectively engages in a dialogue with artists whose work represented the ideals of Western humanism, such as Michelangelo and Dürer, in order to visualize displacement and disruption experienced by millions as a result of the war.

Free guided tours of this exhibition and Magdalena Abakanowicz: Reality of Dreams will take place Sundays at 2 pm from September 28 to November 30. Jeffry Diefendorf, Pamela Shulman Professor in European and Holocaust Studies at the University of New Hampshire, will speak about Bak's work at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 2


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