Griselda Pollock (University of Leeds, UK) will be in conversation with Kerry Wallach (Gettysburg College, PA) about the work and life of the German Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon. Gross Center Director, Dr. Michael A. Riff will act as moderator. The program will be delivered virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. It will be presented under the joint auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies the Leo Baeck Institute, New York. It will be part of the 2021 Carnegie Hall Festival, Voices of Hope, on the resilience of artists and the life-affirming power of music and the arts during times of oppression and tyranny. The program is free and open to the public. Registration to attend via Zoom is at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-on-artist-charlotte-salomon-tickets-132447779875?aff=ebdssbe
Although her life was cut short when she was murdered while pregnant on arrival at Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 26, Salomon left behind a legacy that is as beguiling as it is perplexing. It is exemplified by the 784 paintings in a variety of modes that comprise the collection, Leben? Oder Theater,? (Life? Or Theater?) that she produced between 1941 and 1943 in the South of France while hoping to elude deportation.