All This Has Come Upon Us by Mark Podwal
On Thursday, April 27, 4:10 p.m., in Lehigh University’s Williams Hall, the university will present a free art exhibit and presentation of All This Has Come Upon Us by artist and illustrator Mark Podwal. The event will include a lecture with Podwal and Professor Marc Michael Epstein, chair of religion and visual culture at Vassar College. The exhibit of Podwal’s 42 drawings and paintings of historical incidents of antisemitism will premiere with five prints in Williams Hall and will be on display with rotating artwork until the 42 prints have been exhibited.
The exhibit All This Has Come Upon Us features Podwal’s drawings and paintings of historical incidents of antisemitism, combined with verses from the Book of Psalms that recall a tragedy or injustice in Jewish history, from slavery in Egypt through the Holocaust. Podwal has noted that “the paintings and drawings in this series are a disturbing reminder of how Europe’s extensive history of ‘Jew-hatred’ laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz.”
Co-presenter Marc Michael Epstein is the Mattie M. Paschall (1899) & Norman Davis chair in Religion and Visual Culture at Vassar College and was the university’s first director of Jewish studies. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, earned a Ph.D. from Yale University, and conducted much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
For more information, directions and to register for this event visit: mylehigh.lehigh.edu/
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