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“Generations” Art Reception and Exhibit on September 17/2017 at the JCC in Whippany, NJ

On September 17, 2017, just before the Jewish New Year, the Holocaust Council of Greater Metro West will open “Generations”, an art exhibit consisting of paintings, sculpture, conceptual art, and photographs created by artists Hanna Keselman, Milton Ohring, Joanie Schwarz and Lev Gal Wartman. The exhibit will be open from September 17 through the end of November.

As part of the Opening Reception, I will present a lecture entitled “Memory in Art”. The lecture will start at 3:30 pm on September 17.

“Generations” is an aptly chosen title for this exhibit, which references the multi-generational effects of the Holocaust on survivors, their children, and further descendant generations. The pain surrounding the broken generational links, and the loss of generations of family members that would have been here had they not been murdered, is one of the profoundly tragic aspects of the Holocaust for survivors and their descendants. This loss has impacted those who directly experienced traumatic separations from their loved ones, as well as the children of survivors, and even those who were living in safety during WW II but have lost many extended family members in Europe. The artists Kesselman and Ohring are both child survivors of the Holocaust; Wertman is a son of a survivor who lost dozens of family members during the Shoa; Schwarz lost many extended family members in Theresienstadt, Treblinka and Auschwitz.

More information about the exhibition can be found in this flyer. The exhibit is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Please join us at the Gaelen Gallery West, at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 East in Whippany, NJ 07981.

               Irit Felsen

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