This talk, illustrated with a range of paintings drawn from his both dark and yet often hopeful career—they draw the beauty of survival out of scarred emotional and intellectual depths—will explore Bak’s haunting imagery, at once insightful and inciteful, as it transcends the border between past and future, subsuming time and space into an eternal present.
Ori Z Soltes, PhD, teaches at Georgetown University across a range of disciplines, from art history and theology to philosophy and political history. He is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and has curated more than 90 exhibitions across the country and overseas. He has authored or edited 25 books and several hundred articles and essays. Recent volumes include Our Sacred Signs: How Jewish, Christian and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; The Ashen Rainbow: Essays on the Arts and the Holocaust; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture; and Growing Up Jewish in India: Synagogues, Ceremonies, and Customs from the Bene Israel to the art of Siona Benjamin.
Introduced by Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of the Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art.