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Exhibit from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum shows at WSU 9/6-28...
The South End, 9/26
"Holocaust art exhibit enlightens WSU students"
by Shardonay Frierson
Forbidden Art is a collection of 20 large photographs of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while being interred during World War II. The photos are on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland and are on display in St. Andrew’s Hall until Sept. 28. Wayne State is the exhibit’s American university debut.
WDET-FM 101.9, 9/13
Who owns art? The Holocaust, ethics and cultural patrimony
On Thursday, Sept. 13, Wayne State University hosts a panel discussion about the ownership of stolen, looted or confiscated art. The discussion is in conjunction with the Forbidden Art exhibition, which showcases art made by concentration camp prisoners during World War II. WDET's Martina Guzman spoke with two members of the panel, Dora Apel, associate professor of art history at Wayne State University, and Graham Beal, director, president and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts, about art ownership and the ethics behind the return of contested cultural property.
Not even the horrors of the Holocaust could completely subdue the human spirit. There is proof of that in Forbidden Art, an exhibition at Wayne State featuring images of artwork by prisoners of Nazi concentration camps.
The Oakland Press, 8/24
"U.S. exhibit of secret concentration camp artworks premieres in Orchard Lake"
by Diana Dillaber-Murray
Photographs of secret artworks done in Nazi concentration camps will be exhibited in the show “Forbidden Art” at Wayne State University’s St. Andrews Hall Sept. 7-28. “Forbidden Art” includes historical details and excerpts from archival accounts which will accompany each of the 20 photos. The powerful exhibit originated at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in late 2011 and is now traveling to four U.S. locations. “While imprisoned in horrible conditions by the brutal Nazi regime, artists continued to produce the works of art that are represented in this exhibit,” says Mike Smith, Jewish community archivist at Wayne State’s Walter P. Reuther Library. “It is an honor that Wayne State was selected as one of the chosen venues in the United States.”
Royal Oak Patch, 8/24
"Wayne State exhibit features art made in secret by inmates of concentration camps"
Forbidden Art, an exhibit coming to Wayne State University September 7-28, includes 20 photographs of artwork created in secret by prisoners of Nazi concentration camps. The powerful exhibit originated at Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in 2011 and is traveling to four U.S. locations including Wayne State. "While imprisoned in horrible conditions by the brutal Nazi regime, artists continued to produce the works of art that are represented in this exhibit," said Mike Smith, Jewish community archivist at Wayne State's Walter P. Reuther Library. "It is an honor that Wayne State was selected as one of the chosen venues in the United States." Matthew Seeger, dean of Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, said Forbidden Art is a unique opportunity to make important images accessible to students and the community at large. Event sponsors from WSU include the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Students Office, the Department of History, the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, the Walter P. Reuther Library and the Wayne State University Press.
Detroit Jewish News, 8/16
"Escapes from horror: An exhibit of art by inmates of Auschwitz comes to Wayne State"
by Rebecca Kavanagh
Forbidden Art, a traveling display of photographic images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners, provides evidence of the human spirit rising above the most horrific of conditions. The exhibition, maintained by Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, will be on view at St. Andrew's on the campus of Wayne State University, where there will be a public opening reception 7:00-8:30pm Thursday Sep. 6.
The Detroit News, 8/16; WXYZ-TV 7, 8/15; Tygodnik Polski (Detroit's Polish weekly), 8/15
"Polish Mission's 'Forbidden' displays art from Auschwitz camp"
by Michael H. Hodges
One of the ways Nazis tried to dehumanize inmates at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was to criminalize making art. Anything created had to be carefully hidden away in that nightmare world where breaking any rule, however minor, could result in death. Twenty of these clandestine artworks, including drawings and carvings, will be the subject of a show called "Forbidden Art," opening Friday and running through Sept. 1 at the Polish Mission gallery in Orchard Lake. The next stops for the exhibit will be at Wayne State University's St. Andrew's Hall, Sept. 7-28, and institutions in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
The Detroit News, 8/13
"'Forbidden Art' liberating"
by Neal Rubin
An exhibit called Forbidden Art comes to the Orchard Lake Schools campus Friday from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. Shown for the first time outside Auschwitz, it's 20 large panels of photographs of art created by prisoners whose only daily hope was to survive. They'll be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the end of the month at 3535 Indian Trail. The Polish Mission, dedicated to the study and preservation of Polish culture, art, history and genealogy, will then oversee a national tour starting at Wayne State University.
Detroit Jewish News, 8/9
"Forbidden Art: Concentration camp exhibit travels to Michigan"
by Suzanne Chessler
Photographic images of works of art completed by concentration camp prisoners at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Ravensbruck will be seen in free displays planned for Orchard Lake and Detroit. The display, introducing photographs of artwork made 1940-45 and maintained by Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, will be on view Aug. 17-Sep. 1 at the Polish Mission in Orchard Lake and Sep. 7-28 at St. Andrew's on the campus of Wayne State University, where there will be a public opening reception 7:00-8:30pm Thursday Sep. 6.