Seton Hill's Harlan Gallery Hosts Holocaust Exhibits
Greensburg, PA - Harlan Gallery and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education have partnered to bring two outstanding Holocaust exhibits to Seton Hill University’s campus: "Clinging to Humanity: In Search of Hope," an exhibit of the paintings and drawings of Saul Balagura and "Triumph of Life—The Story of Jewish Resistance to Nazi Oppression," an archival display created by the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighter’s Museum. Opening on Sunday, October 10, 2004 both exhibits will remain on display in Harlan Gallery through November 19, 2004. An opening reception for both exhibits will be held October 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Balagura, a retired brain surgeon, uses abstract expressionism in "Clinging to Humanity" to lead the viewer to a better understanding of the Holocaust and the human condition. The accompanying poems composed by the artist aid in this understanding. According to Stephen M. Goldman, Museum Director of the Florida Holocaust Museum: “the artist, like the poet, the novelist and the playwright, brings a unique perspective to the Holocaust and through that perspective a new understanding of the human condition, which is, after all, the purpose of study of the Holocaust.” This thought-provoking art exhibit features eleven works from a larger exhibit shared with the United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh Holocaust Center and American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center.
The "Triumph of Life" archival exhibit includes 44 panels that incorporate photographs, quotes and historical texts to portray the many forms of resistance undertaken by Jews in the Holocaust as well as individual survivor’s stories. Created to mark the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the exhibit illustrates a topic not often explored as part of Holocaust study.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public. Harlan Gallery’s fall semester hours are: Monday & Tuesday 5 – 8 p.m., Wednesday 2 - 8 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.- Noon, Friday 12 - 3 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. For additional information, docent tours or special appointments, contact gallery director Carol Brode at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-830-1071.
This project was supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.
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