Esther Nisenthal Krinitz Traveling Exhibition Educates Audiences on the Holocaust and Tolerance
Esther Nisenthal Krinitz (1927-2007) used fabric arts to tell her story of surviving the Holocaust in Poland. Her nationally touring exhibition, THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE- FABRIC OF SURVIVAL will be presented in the Old Gallery from September 7 – November 30, 2014. In 1942, 15-year-old Krinitz and her 13-year-old sister left their family and ran away when the Jews of their village were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station. The sisters evaded the Gestapo for two years by pretending to be a part of a Catholic farm family. In 1977 at the age of 50, Esther began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a dressmaker but with no training in art, she created 36 remarkable fabric pictures with strong, vivid images and folk art realism. She meticulously stitched the narrative of her story beneath each picture. The textiles reveal an incongruity between the beauty of the pastoral landscape and the violence, terror and betrayal experienced by the sisters on their journey. Although Krinitz created her art for her family, her daughters Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade believed her art deserved to be seen by a wider audience. They established a non-profit educational organization to create a traveling exhibition of their mother’s art. Working with Evansville’s Committee to Promote Respect in Schools (CYPRESS), community partners from Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Public Education Foundation, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Temple Adath B’nai Israel, University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana have joined the Museum in developing educational and cultural programming focusing on World War II and the Holocaust.
Jean-Jacques du Plessis - Sky Blue Wall
October 5 – November 30
Presented in partnership with the EVANSVILLE MUSEUM CONTEMPORARIES, JOANN SCHWENTKER, LISA & MARTY IMBLER, and CARRIE & PETE MOGAVERO
From October 5 – November 30, the Main Gallery will be the setting for the paintings of Jean-Jacques du Plessis. Born in 1984 in Cape Town, South Africa, du Plessis earned his Master of Fine Arts at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He received a post-baccalaureate degree from Brandeis University and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2012, du Plessis attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He has had solo exhibitions in Rome, Italy and Philadelphia and has participated in group exhibitions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Rome. This fall du Plessis will exhibit a body of recent work that continues to explore his interest in painting, and also addresses ideas about the ways in which paintings function within space and in terms of signage, personal expression and traditional notions of place.
Les Miley Ceramics Featured in John Streetman Alcove
September 14 – December 28
Presented in partnership with STEVE & SUSAN WORTHINGTON
A ceramics professor and chairman of the art department at the University of Evansville for more than 40 years, Les Miley is now professor emeritus and continues to teach part time and organize summer workshops in New Harmony. Miley’s ceramic works have been exhibited in more than 300 competitive and invitational art exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. The September 14 – December 28 exhibition in the John Streetman Alcove will be a retrospective of this esteemed artist’s work. His ceramics are included in numerous corporate, private and museum collections, and have been featured in national ceramics magazines and professional journals, as well as several books. In addition, Miley has been honored for his teaching, receiving Teacher of the Year from the Evansville Alumni Association, the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award from the University of Evansville, and the Art Educator Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.