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Exhibition Examines the Role of Artist as Witness

The original exhibition Enduring Images, on view at the David Filderman Gallery, through January 31, 2016, focuses on the lasting, powerful record created by artists’ visual responses to critical moments. Works by internationally recognized Long Island-based artists Yonia Fain, a Holocaust survivor, and George Grosz are highlighted. Other major featured artists include Käthe Kollwitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Danny Lyon. All the works in the exhibition are from the Hofstra University Museum’s (HUM) permanent collections.

Curated by Hofstra University Museum Collections Manager Kristy Caratzola, Enduring Images contains imagery reflecting the impact of World War I and II, the Civil Rights Movement, the African American diaspora, and other international conflicts as seen and interpreted by artists and photojournalists.  Works include a variety of media, such as photography, sculpture, painting, and works on paper. An illustrated catalog, Enduring Images, accompanies the exhibit.  An interactive touch screen kiosk in the gallery provides deeper insights as to what makes an image “enduring.”

Luis Cruz Azaceta  N.O. HEAD (Post Katrina), 2008 Permanent ink and Band-Aid on paper, 50 x 37.5 in. Hofstra University Museum Collections, Gift of Sharon Jacques, HU2012.44 © Luis Cruz Azaceta, George Adams Gallery, New York, 2008

Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum Beth E. Levinthal says, “Artists, through their visual voices, reflect the turmoil and consequential events of their time.  This exhibition provides a view into the lasting power and influence that artistic imagery has on our collective understanding and perception of some key historic eras and events.  We thank the New York State Council on the Arts and Astoria Bank for their support in bringing this exhibition to fruition.”

On Friday, May 15, there will be two exhibition-related events. From 2-3 p.m. the popular lecture series Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorations for Adults, led by exhibition curator Kristy Caratzola, will offer a close examination of the exhibition. The fee for Global Explorations is $5 for general audiences and $3 for seniors.

Following Global Explorations at 3 p.m. will be an opening reception that is free and open to the public.

For more information about this exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University website at The David Filderman Gallery is located on the ninth floor of the Axinn Library on Hofstra’s South Campus.

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

Top image:

Yonia Fain
Uprising, 2008
Mixed media, 24 x 36 in.
Hofstra University Museum Collections, Gift of the artist, HU2012.23
© Yonia Fain


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