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In conversation with Dr. Carol Salus, art historian, we will mark Yom HaShoah through different visual responses from a variety of artists such as Chagall, the photographer Shimon Attie and his images of residents of a religious neighborhood in Berlin on the cusp of the Holocaust superimposed over modern images of the same sites today. Other tributes to the atrocities are wall-size sculptures by Louise Nevelson, architectural sculptures by Frank Stella, and Audrey Flack’s images of hope and devastation. Equally powerful are eye-witness drawings left behind by camp inmates. The saddest we will see are paintings and drawings children created of their homes as they hoped to be back in them. One of the crayon drawings shows a family walking with an armed SS guard behind them. Ahead of the family is a large rainbow. The innocence of these works are enduring.
Carol Salus, PhD, recently retired after an accomplished career as a Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art. She has published on multiple artists including Picasso, Degas, R. B. Kitaj, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein and she and has taught Art History and American Art and Architecture. Her work has been recognized by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.