[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Art exhibition in Minneapolis on the theme of texts by Sutzkever
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Nov. 22, 2009
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*SURVIVAL: WHEN TRUTH AND FICTION INTERSECT*
Letterpress prints, photographs, and installation by Robyn Stoller Awend
Thursday, December 3, 2009 =96 Saturday, January 9, 2010
Gallery hours: Thursday =96 Saturday, 12:00 =96 6:00 pm and by appointment
Saturday, December 5, 2009 from 7 =96 9 pm
*Closing Reception *
Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 7 - 9 pm
Poetry and writings inspired by the literary works of Abraham Sutzkever
and the themes of survival explored in the exhibition. Introduced by
Daniel Ettedgui and read by Alison Morse, Paulette Myers-Rich and Margie
All events are at Form+Content Gallery and are free and open to the
Form + Content Gallery
Whitney Square Building
210 North 2nd Street, Suite 104, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Between 2nd Avenue N. and 3rd Avenue N.
formandcontent at gmail.com
Gallery: 612/436-1151 or Howard Oransky: 651/592-1841
We dreamers now have to become soldiers and fight
And melt into bullets the soul of the lead.
Abraham Sutzkever, *The Lead Plates of the Romm Printers, *1943
A haunting poem written in the Vilna Ghetto of Lithuania by Abraham
Sutzkever in September 1943 has inspired Minneapolis artist Robyn Stoller
Awend to create the exhibition *Survival: When Truth and Fiction
This is an ambitious installation that includes new letterpress
prints,photographs, and hand-crafted bullets. Stoller Awend began with the
poet's story of doomed Lithuanian Jews melting down lead printing type to
make bullets as a last resort for survival against the Nazis. The
exhibition includes an antique type drawer that once housed lead printing
type, now weighted with bullets and suspended open from the gallery wall.
Photographs taken by the artist while visiting the site of Vilna's former
Jewish ghetto capture the remnants of Jewish life striving to remain
present. Her letterpress prints contain imagery formed through the use of
text. Stoller Awend'work references and reinvigorates the centuries-long
history of the letterpress printing process.
Sutzkever's poem of survival is layered with mystery and
controversy,causing decades of debates regarding the accuracy of the
events and questioning its truth or fiction. Before the war, Vilna was
once a major center of Jewish learning and publishing. 95% of
Lithuania'Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, the highest rate of
genocide of any country in Europe. Of the many Romm Press buildings that
were once in operation in Vilna beginning in 1805, only the outside of one
structure remains today.
The Romm Press famous for printing some of the most important Judaic
scholarly texts in Eastern Europe, including the Babylonian Talmud
hassince been converted into businesses and residential living areas.
This exhibition has been funded in part through a grant from the Howard
B.Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a designated endowment of the Jewish
Community Foundation of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
*Robyn Stoller Awend Biography*
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Robyn Stoller Awend has a BFA from the
University of Arizona, Tucson and an MFA from the university of Dallas,
Texas. She primarily works in the letterpress tradition; using actual
lead type letters of the Hebrew alphabet in her compositions which are
printed at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Her work has been included
in over forty exhibitions nationally. Stoller Awend is a founding member
of Form+Content Gallery.
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