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Identity, Art and Migration: Artist Refugees in the Nazi Era and Today

Hosted By: Haberman Institute

How do artists, with their particular set of sensibilities respond in their work and life to migration and exile?

Human identity is largely informed by specific elements, such as our language, culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, and race. These are aspects of ourselves with which we are born or grow up. What, however, if by necessity or choice, we relocate–leaving behind many of these elements and trying to adopt and adapt to new ones in a new location? How are the emotional and psychological complications that may be part of that process particularly evident for visual artists, who must reconsider how to express their artistic identities in a new world?

Dr. Soltes will discuss artists including Anni Albers, Eva Hesse, Friedl Dzubas, Lily Renee, Arthur Szyk, and Rudi Lesser, framing the discussion of these artists with brief comments on Ben Shahn and Raphael Soyer, and Michael Iofin and David Stern.

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