Ori Z. Soltes

May 20, 2020

OTHERNESS AND HIDING.
Jewish Life in Nazi Germany.
with Celebration of Competition Winners.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marion Kaplan, NYU

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Jewish Life in Nazi Germany.
with Celebration of Competition Winners.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marion Kaplan, NYU

May 20, 2020 5:00-6:00pm WATCH THE EVENT HERE Otherness and Hiding. Jewish Life in Nazi Germany. with Celebration of the Competition Winners The University of Richmond Museums and the Fritz Ascher Society present Otherness and Hiding: Jewish Life in Nazi Germany, celebrating the closing of the exhibition Fritz Ascher: Expressionist, on view at the Harnett Museum of Art.  Keynote speaker is Professor Marion A. Kaplan, NYU. There will also be a celebration of the student winners of the Fritz Ascher competition in prose, poetry, or images on paper based on the theme of “Otherness.” The event will be opened by Rachel Stern, Executive Director of the Fritz Ascher Society of Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art, Inc., New York. In her keynote, Marion [...]

Mar 26, 2020

ZOOM CONVERSATION with
EVA FOGELMAN, ORI SOLTES, RACHEL STERN
“Housebound and Hiding.
From Fritz Ascher in 1942
to Ourselves Today in 2020″

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EVA FOGELMAN, ORI SOLTES, RACHEL STERN
“Housebound and Hiding.
From Fritz Ascher in 1942
to Ourselves Today in 2020″

March 26, 2020 8:00-9:00pm WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE CONVERSATION HERE. COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF FRITZ ASCHER'S DEATH Conversation featuring Dr. Eva Fogelman, Dr. Ori Z. Soltes and Rachel Stern "Housebound and Hiding. From Fritz Ascher in 1942 to Ourselves Today in 2020" Join us as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Fritz Ascher's death by discussing the psychological repercussions of having to go into hiding for a long stretch of time--especially for someone who was almost stereotypically a "sensitive artist." This topic seems particularly relevant to conditions right now, when so many of us are in hiding. Dr. Eva Fogelman is a social psychologist, psychotherapist, author and filmmaker. She is in private practice in New York City and was co-founder and [...]

Mar 26, 2020

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #31, March 2020

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Dear Friends, How much has our life changed over the past few days! “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia is closed. Until our online exhibition is up, you can see photos of the installation here. “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia We also invite you to be part of our free online conversations, which we will announce on our website, on Facebook, and on Twitter. “Housebound and Hiding. From Fritz Ascher in 1942 to Ourselves Today in 2020” is the first conversation on Thursday, on March 26th, at 8:00pm EDT, commemorating the 50th anniversary of [...]

Mar 23, 2020

ZOOM EVENT
Ori Z. Soltes
Symbols of Faith:
Art in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions

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Ori Z. Soltes
Symbols of Faith:
Art in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions

March 23, 2020 12:00-1:30pm ZOOM EVENT ACCESS INFO AFTER TICKET PURCHASE T 212.415.5500 Ori Z. Soltes Symbols of Faith: Art in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Traditions This lavishly illustrated talk will explore how symbols—numbers, colors, geometric forms, gestures, and figures—are used in convergent and divergent ways in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim visual art; how so many of them derive from earlier imagery in pagan antiquity; and how they continue to be useful and relevant in the art of the modern secular world.

Feb 12, 2020

Panel Discussion
Expressionisms: Germany and the United States
Camp Concert Hall
Modlin Center for the Arts
Richmond, VA

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Expressionisms: Germany and the United States
Camp Concert Hall
Modlin Center for the Arts
Richmond, VA

February 12, 2020 6:00-8:00pm Camp Concert Hall Modlin Center for the Arts 453 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA 23173 Information: 804-289-8276 Panel Discussion Expressionisms: Germany and the United States Among the diverse descriptive labels attached to the art of Fritz Ascher, perhaps none is more evocative and distinct than "expressionist." In the context of visual art, that term has, over the past century and a half, connoted the articulation of strong emotion--through color, brush work, and the aggressive representation of figures and the elements of nature. This discussion will consider ways in which these features, particularly in painting, can explore and have explored embodying emotion and provoking it in the viewer. Also discussed will be the relationships of political identity, the workings of [...]

Feb 6, 2020

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #30, February 2020

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Dear Friends, “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” is now on view at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia, until May 24 (link). You can listen to my opening lecture here. “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, Virginia In every venue, different hanging bring out new aspects of single artworks, and unexpected connections between artworks provide new insights. The Harnett Museum of Art is no exception. For the first time, “The Tortured” (“Der Gequälte”) takes up center stage. It is a monumental painting measuring 59 x 79.4 inches. Fritz Ascher created it in the 1920s, as social and racial tensions in [...]

Dec 10, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #29, December 2019

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Dear Friends, Today I have exciting news: on November 13, the Fritz Ascher Stiftung (Fritz Ascher Foundation) was founded at Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin (City Museum Berlin) (link). The foundation's board of trustees consists of Paul Spies, director of Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Eckhart Gillen, art historian and curator, and Rachel Stern, director of the Fritz Ascher Society. from left: Paul Spies, Peter-Stephan Prause, Eva Bünte, Rachel Stern, Martina Weinland, Peter Bünte Ephraim Palais, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin, Berlin (Germany) The foundation was initiated by private collectors of the artistic work of Fritz Ascher, to give his work a publicly accessible home and to present it in the context of his artistic contemporaries in [...]

Sep 23, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #28, September 2019

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Dear Friends, Fall is finally upon us. Fritz Ascher’s “Landscape with a Cloudy Sky” from c. 1960 captures the rich colors and dramatic light of late afternoon, brought forth with spontaneous, dynamic brushstrokes that characterize the artist’s late work. Fritz Ascher, Landscape with a Cloudy Sky, 1960s. Oil on canvas, 39.4 x 37.4 in. While he was hiding from the Nazis 1942-1945, the artist wrote: I have spent the summer re-reading the poems I have access to, marveling at their rich verbal imagery and thinking about a publication of this powerful manifestation of the artist’s creativity, which translates so easily into disciplines other than the visual [...]

Jun 7, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #27, June 2019

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Dear Friends, I hope you all were able to see “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery that closed on April 6. Thanks to director Lynn Gumpert and her fabulous team, the exhibition looked great and was complemented by an engaging program. The show was well received, both by visitors and critics. In the meantime, most reviews are translated into German here. If you were not able to visit in person, you can see photos on our website here. The exhibition was part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Goethe-Institut, with the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).  “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at Grey [...]

Feb 12, 2019

FRITZ ASCHER SOCIETY Newsletter #25, February 2019

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Dear Friends, What was it like to be a Jew in Nazi Germany? Come join the discussion tomorrow, February 12, at 6:30 pm, when I speak with Marion Kaplan, Skirball Professor of Modern Jewish History, NYU, about those who went underground, including Fritz Ascher, and endured the terrors of nightly bombings, hunger and cold, and the even greater fear of being discovered by the Nazis. At King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South. This program accompanies the exhibition “Fritz Ascher, Expressionist” at the Grey Art Gallery of New York University here in New York - please check out the other stimulating programs here. And do not forget to see the exhibition, which is on view [...]

Mar 5, 2017