Upcoming Special Exhibitions

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes:  Photography, War, and the Holocaust

February 22 – September 7, 2015

Main Special Exhibition Gallery


Dmitrii Baltermants (1912-1990) | CU Art Museum

Although World War II is one of the most documented conflicts of the 20th century, western audiences know very little about the Soviet Jewish photojournalists who captured some of the most riveting and powerful images of the war. These wartime photographers were the first liberators to bear witness with cameras to Nazi atrocities, three years before Americans arrived at Buchenwald and Dachau. Photographers including, Evgenii Khaldei, Georgii Zelma, and Dmitrii Baltermants, merged documentary photography with avant-garde sensibilities to create works that had a profound influence on 20th century art and beyond.

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust is curated by David Shneer and Lisa Tamiris Becker, and is organized by the CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder. The presenting sponsor of this exhibition is the Michael Polsky Family. Generous support is also provided by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Community Partners for this exhibition and associated programming include: Chicago Connect; Holocaust Community Services, a collaborative effort of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish Child and Family Services, and CJE SeniorLife; the Russian Jewish Division of the Jewish United Fund; and HIAS Chicago.

Media Sponsorship provided by: Reklama Media, Chicago Ethnic Media, and Svet Russian Media Group.

Exhibition Opening Event and Book Signing

Sunday, February 22 | 2:00-4:00 pm

Curator and author Dr. David Shneer, Director, Program in Jewish Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder.




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