Israel Bernbaum: Painting His Story. Art Exhibition and Lecture Series Spring 2013

Event Details
  Israel Bernbaum: Painting His Story. Art Exhibition and Lecture Series Spring 2013
  February 20, 2013
  April 26, 2013
  Lectures and film screenings will be in various locations across campus.  The Israel Bernbaum Art Exhibition will be in the George Segal Gallery.

Segal Gallery Launches "Israel Bernbaum Painting His Story"
Exhibit Commemorating 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising --
Openi February 26

Showcasing work by the celebrated Holocaust survivor and artist, exhibit is the centerpiece of campus-wide events featuring Holocaust scholars, artists and authors

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the award-winning George Segal Gallery will host an exhibit of paintings and drawings by celebrated Warsaw-born Holocaust survivor and artist, Israel Bernbaum, titled "Israel Bernbaum Painting His Story," from February 26 through April 21, 2013. 

The extensive collection -- which includes murals and drawings, as well as original copies of Bernbaum’s
correspondences with political figures and other historic and personal artifacts --
was a gift to the university from the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation
of Greater Clifton-Passaic (NJ), which Bernbaum designated as the recipient of his work
upon his death in 1993.

When the Center closed in 2011, Montclair State University became the new custodian
and undertook the significant, multi-year restoration and conservation project that will
preserve Bernbaum’s work for posterity.  

Guest curated by Dr. Batya Brutin, Director
of Holocaust Studies and the Israeli Society Program at Beit Berl Academic College,
Israel, the exhibit is the centerpiece of a multi-disciplinary campus-wide series of
commemorative events, and presents Bernbaum’s newly preserved work for the first
time. Dr. Brutin will give two public lectures about Bernbaum’s work and the art of
the Holocaust (complete listing below). 

“Israel Bernbaum’s detailed depictions of the harsh realities of life in the Warsaw
Ghetto serve as a reminder of those gruesome events and furthers the artist’s personal
commitment to educate humanity about this dark chapter of world history,” explained
Dr. Brutin. “With his naïve, almost cartoon-like style, Bernbaum’s remarkable ability
to intersperse symbolism with graphic images makes the presentation of unfathomable
and horrific themes accessible and palpable – even to young people, who were his
target audience. His legacy will continue to have a profound impact for generations
to come.”

The artist’s intricate and brightly colored murals were created between 1981
and 1992, after Bernbaum immigrated to the United States. The materials document
the destruction of the Ghetto based on his in-depth personal research, historical records,
first-hand accounts from witnesses and photographic images taken by the Nazis. 

work was used to illustrate several children’s books, including the award-winning I am a Star:
Child of the Holocaust by Inge Auerbacher (who will be a guest lecturer, see below for
details) and his own work, My Brother’s Keeper: The Holocaust Through the Eyes of an
Artist, which he dedicated to the memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who did not
survive the Holocaust. In addition to being well received in the United States, Bernbaum’s
book was published in Germany, where it received the 1990 Award for Young People’s
Literature, West German Republic. The book also became the focus of a German
traveling exhibition. Bernbaum’s ultimate message was – and continues to be – for
children and all people to understand the Holocaust and to never forget that they
are their “brother’s keepers.” In keeping with Bernbaum’s orientation towards
educating children about the Holocaust, there will be programs for school children. 

Director of the George Segal Gallery, M. Teresa Rodriguez, said she is delighted
by the tremendous interest and support that the exhibit and collaborative programs
are receiving from the Jewish community -- in New Jersey, across the U.S. and
the world. “While the subject matter is deeply disturbing, there is also incredible
beauty in Bernbaum’s art, which draws people together and reminds us of our
collective ability to heal,” she said. “Montclair State University is deeply honored
to be the new stewards of Bernbaum’s work and affects, and we’re committed to
carrying the torch for him, his family, and the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto.”

Schedule of Related Events

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday and Saturday: Closed*

*The George Segal Gallery, for the duration of this exhibition only, will be
closed Saturdays and open on Sundays to accommodate patrons who observe Saturday Sabbath.


Wednesday, February 20, 2:30p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Film screening:  A Film Unfinished

Introduction by Alexios Lykidis, English Department

Brantl Lecture Hall, Dickson Hall

Tuesday, February 26, 10 a.m. – noon

Lecture: The Aesthetics of Israel Bernbaum's Murals

Batya Brutin, Director of Holocaust Studies and the Israeli Society Program,
Beit Berl Academic College, Israel

George Segal Gallery
Free with Montclair State ID card; $30 for non-student, includes catalog

To register, call: George Segal Gallery at 973-655-6941

Wednesday, February 27, 10 am – noon

Lecture: In The Artist's Eyes: Art of the Holocaust

Batya Brutin, Director of Holocaust Studies and the Israeli Society Program,
Beit Berl Academic College, Israel

Free with Montclair State ID card; $30 for non-student, includes catalog

George Segal Gallery
To register, call: George Segal Gallery at 973-655-6941


Friday March 1, 10 a.m. - noon
Lecture: I am a Star: Child of the Holocaust
Inge Auerbacher, author; book illustrations by Israel Bernbaum

Free with Montclair State ID card; $30 for non-student, includes catalog

George Segal Gallery

To register, call: George Segal Gallery at 973-655-6941

Tuesday, March 19, 2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Lecture: Not Like Sheep to the Slaughter: The Range of Resistance to the Holocaust

Rabbi Norman Patz, Philosophy and Religion Department

Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall

Wednesday March 20, 2:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Film Screening: Chronicle of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising According to
Marek Edelman
Introduction by Ben Lapp, History Department
Brant Lecture Hall, Dickson Hall

Thursday March 21, 2013 6 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Lecture: We Knew…and Did Nothing: The American Press
Covers the Holocaust, 1941-1945
Ron Hollander, English and Journalism Department, Director, Jewish American Studies

George Segal Gallery



Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Holocaust Remembrance, Student Competition and Conference 

Lecture: The Warsaw Ghetto: History and Memory 70 years later 
Kassow, Trinity College, author Who Will Write Our History?: Emanuel Ringelblum,
the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Oyneg Shabes Archive 
University Hall Room 1060

Wednesday April 17, 2013 2:30pm – 5:15pm

Film screening: The Pianist
Introduction by Arthur Simon, English Department

Brantl Lecture Hall, Dickson Hall

Friday April 26, 2013 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Lecture: "I Never Saw Another Butterfly”: Music Out of the Holocaust
David Witten, Cali School of Music
Life Hall Room 123
Ongoing exhibit at the Harry N. Sprague Library
Presented by the George Segal Gallery, College of the Arts, College of Humanities
and Social Sciences, Global Education Center, Harry N. Sprague Library, and Jewish American Studies.

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, John McMullen family
Foundation, proceeds from the George Segal Gallery's Art Connections 8, Teddi
and Scott Dolph, and the Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest.

Some events made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State
Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National
Endowment for the Arts.