Jewish Exponent March 19: Holocaust / Slavery Exhibit

Hillel to Display Slavery-Holocaust Art

A traveling art exhibit that examines slavery and the Holocaust opens this week at Temple University's Rosen Hillel. The project, "Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust," was organized by the Idea Coalition, a group founded in 2009 to unite the black and Jewish communities through dialogues, social networking and other events.

Broadway -- The Divide by Elke Reva Sudin    
After a broad-based art call late that year that drew 150 submissions from as far as Argentina and Montreal, a jury selected 40 paintings, watercolors, prints, sculptures and other mixed media for the exhibit. Since opening February 2010 at Vivant Art Collection in Old City, it has appeared at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture in Baltimore, the I.P. Stanback Museum at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and, most recently, at the Center City law offices of Blank Rome LLP.

About 25 of the pieces will be on display at Temple, including works by nationally-acclaimed artists David Wander, Susan Shulman, Ahron Weiner and Yona Verwer, as well as by local University of the Arts sophomore Kate O'Hara.

A public opening will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hillel building, 1441 Norris St. 

Hillel staff are also planning additional events and guest lectures in conjunction with the exhibit, which will remain on display through the end of April. So far, those include a March 29 talk on "God and the Problem of Evil: Black and Jewish Answers" by professor Elliot Ratzman, and an April 19 Holocaust remembrance event organized by the AEPi Jewish fraternity. 

Viewers can stop by to see the art  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. For additional hours, call 215-777-9797.

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