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Nov
8
Thu
Evening for Educators: Memory Unearthed
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Evening for Educators: Memory Unearthed @ Miller Gallery, Mark Building

Two exhibitions this fall, Memory Unearthed at the Portland Art Museum and the Last Journey of the Jews of the Lodz Ghetto at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE), offer a rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross . During World War II, the Nazis confined over 160,000 people to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and forced Ross to serve as a bureaucratic photographer, making official photographs for Jewish identification cards and propaganda. At great risk, Ross also documented the brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, culminating in the deportation of tens of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz. With the hope of preserving a historical record, Ross buried more than 6,000 of his negatives in 1944. When he returned for them after Lodz’s liberation, Ross found that more than half of the negatives had survived, and he spent the rest of his life sharing the images. Some 125 of these photographs are included in Memory Unearthed; a visual and emotional meditation on a harrowing moment in history that demonstrates the power of the photograph. The companion exhibition, on view at OJMCHE, explores Ross’s efforts to design and publish The Last Journey of the Jews of Lodz; a multi-language book about life in the ghetto illustrated with his photographs. Join Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography at PAM, Judy Margles, Executive Director of OJMCHE, and Museum educators for a discussion of these important exhibitions and their significance for students today.

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Nov
13
Tue
Performance: The White Elephant Archive
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Performances will be held at The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, one-man production, Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive—which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps—to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. Reflecting on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, and larger questions about how to speak of a horror once its witnesses are gone or silent, this production provides a rare and important glimpse into the experience of the third generation living in Europe, and the impact of trauma across generations. This performance is made possible by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria and Federal Chancellery of Austria and is a partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.  

Tickets for Portland Art Museum Members are $10 and available on the Oregon Jewish Museum website.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Nov
14
Wed
Performance: The White Elephant Archive
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Performances will be held at The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

The White Elephant Archive, Setting No. 3 explores the legacy of the Holocaust from the perspective of the third generation living in Austria today. In this intensely personal, one-man production, Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive—which includes poems written by his grandfather while imprisoned in concentration camps—to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust, and his own attempt to understand the burden of this legacy through art. Reflecting on the politics of Holocaust commemoration in Austria, and larger questions about how to speak of a horror once its witnesses are gone or silent, this production provides a rare and important glimpse into the experience of the third generation living in Europe, and the impact of trauma across generations. This performance is made possible by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria and Federal Chancellery of Austria and is a partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.  

Tickets for Portland Art Museum Members are $10 and available on the Oregon Jewish Museum website.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Nov
15
Thu
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Nov
27
Tue
Film Screening: Chasing Portraits
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film Screening: Chasing Portraits

A film by Elizabeth Rynecki

Screening will be held at the Portland Art Museum.

Chasing Portraits documents Elizabeth Rynecki’s quest to find the paintings by her great-grandfather lost during the Holocaust. Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to 800 paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. Decades later, his great-granddaughter Elizabeth sought to rediscover his legacy, setting out on a journey to find what had been lost but never forgotten. A Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki will follow the screening. 

Organized in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the Northwest Film Center, and the Institute for Judaic Studies.

Tickets for Portland Art Museum members are $8 and available on the Northwest Film Center website.

Dec
16
Sun
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Dec
18
Tue
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Jan
15
Tue
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Jan
20
Sun
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.

Jan
26
Sat
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed
Jan 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Public Tour: Memory Unearthed

Explore the Museum with a docent skilled in bringing art to life.

Public tours depart from the Park Avenue entrance.

Tours are free for members or with Museum admission, and free for children age 17 and younger.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.

Please note that this exhibition contains difficult material. It may be helpful to preview the exhibition if you are considering bringing children.