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Through Soviet Jewish Eyes

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes

Written by in News on Sep 9, 2011 3:43 / comments

An ancient fountain of children dancing in a circle stands amid rubble and debris during the aftermath of World War II.

Emmaunel Evzerikhin’s photograph, Memories of a Peaceful Time, is one of more than 60 photographs on display at the CU Art Museum for the Through Soviet Jewish Eyes exhibit.  The exhibit is based off of the book “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes,” by CU professor of history, David Shneer. The photographs were loaned and gifted to the museum from the Harbaugh Family from Englewood, Colorado.

Emmanuel Evzerikhin (1911-1984) Memories of a Peaceful Time, Stalingrad, 1943 (Courtesy CU Art Museum)

Emmanuel Evzerikhin (1911-1984)Memories of a Peaceful Time, Stalingrad, 1943gelatin silver print9 ¾ x 15 ½ inchesLoan from Teresa and Paul Harbaugh(Courtesy of CU Art Museum,© Emmanuel Evzerikhin / PhotoSoyuz)

Lauren Jones, an 18-year-old freshmen integrative physiology major, visited the exhibit the morning it opened.“Some of the photos are so up close. I can’t help but think of the photographer being so close to the action,”Jones said.

 

Jones was one of many students in a Jewish studies course who visited the exhibit. Ann Holley, the visitors services liaison of the CU Art Museum, said the museum has drawn new interests all over campus. The exhibit appeals to those interested in World War II, photography and art. The Wednesday-night opening was attended by 392 people.

Lisa Becker, the director and exhibit co-curator of the CU Art Museum, said this number is large for a CU art exhibit opening.  The exhibit is organized chronologically and topically. It begins by displaying the photographers’ work prior to World War II, then during the war, then during the liberation and then it finishes by showing the war’s aftermath. The exhibit chronologically shows the soviet influence on the photographers.

“Photos are seen as a complete, truthful reality,” Becker said. Some of the photos were altered. One photographer added black smoke to make the photograph more dramatic.”

The photographs are displayed in their alteration-free form as well as with the alterations.

The CU Art Museum has been in existence since the 1930’s. The museum moved to the Visual Arts Complex one year ago.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.  The ‘Through Soviet Jewish Eyes’ exhibit opened last Wednesday and will remain open until October 22.

Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Mahala Proch at Mahala.proch@colorado.edu.

Article available at: CUIndependent.com

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art challenges expectations

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art challenges expectations

Written by in Features, News on Sep 2, 2011 0:10 / comments

A 2007 Boulder city poll showed that Boulder is concerned it’s becoming an elitist community.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is addressing this concern in the art exhibit Biodome: An Experiment in Diversity. Artists Laleh Mehran, Chris Coleman, Gustavo Artigas and Seth Wulsin combined forces to create the three-part exhibit featuring interactive, multimedia and physical artwork.

Wulsin’s ‘Wishing Well’ at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. (CU Independent/Mahala Proch)

Biodome is an exhibit designed to promote diversity in Boulder. Over 200 people have filled the museum during the farmer’s market.

Bianca Betta, an 18-year-old freshman international affairs major, visited the exhibit with the Communications Residential Academic Program in her residence hall, Buckingham Hall.

“It wasn’t what I expected, it wasn’t what I expect of art,” Betta said.

Artigas turned the project into a community wide sporting event. His part of the exhibit is called “Relay (Endless).” Participants carry a baton through a circuit track inside the museum or take it outside of the museum. The baton can be kept overnight, but has to be returned by 11 a.m. the next morning. Participants answer a diversity questionnaire after they have the baton. Artigas created the relay as a metaphor of collective effort.

“Let’s run together, not from each other,” Artigas said.

Mehran and Coleman took a technologic approach to diversity in the “W3fi” section of the exhibit. “W3fi” features different effects of technology on individuals.

Dmitri Obergtell, the visitor services representative of the museum, said the technology aspect could be a double-edged sword or an open platform for people.

“Technology connects everyone to each other regardless of where they are,” Obergtell said.

Jordan Robbins, the manager of museum marketing, said he didn’t anticipate the outcome of Biodome. The artists had never collaborated for an exhibit before.

“Technology and diversity are something people haven’t thought about. The social responsibility about technology can be positive,” Robbins said.

Wulsin’s section of the exhibit, named “Wishing Well,” consists of two spheres made from twenty identical mirror triangles. Wulsin’s piece invites viewers to consider differences rather than aspects that can be measured by statistics.

Kathryn Longnecker, a 19-year-old sophomore advertising major, toured the exhibit during Wednesday’s farmer’s market.

“I don’t feel like it promoted diversity as much as it analyzed what was already going on,” Longnecker said. “There’s a lot of money in Boulder, with expensive homes and college students. I don’t think of it as elitist though. I picture Boulder as being diverse and welcoming with the mindset of people here.”

The Biodome exhibit ends Sept. 11. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is free to the public from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and every Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Contact CU Independent Writer Mahala Proch at Mahala.proch@colorado.edu

Article available at: CUIndependent.com

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