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September 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm
"Inventing Odessa: Jewish Culture on the Edge of the Russian Empire"
Presented by Prof. Olga Litvak, Clark University
Guided tours of art exhibit Odessa's Second Avant-Garde: City and Myth
2 pm (prior to lecture) and 4:15 pm (following lecture)

Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick
The Toby and Herbert Stolzer Endowed Lecture
Cosponsored by the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
 Volodymyr Naumets Untitled, 1983 Oil, watercolor, and ink on photocopy Volodymyr Naumets Untitled, 1983
Oil, watercolor, and ink on photocopy
Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art
Photo Peter Jacobs

"Seven fires of hell burn around Odessa"  So decreed the stern collective conscience of nineteenth-century Russian Jews.  The historical verdict on this most unruly and dangerous place poised on the edge of the Black Sea has rehabilitated Odessa: we know it better now as a Jewish mother-city, the incubator, of Jewish nationalism.  But how could secular Russian-speaking Jewish Odessa, more famous for its residents' regular attendance at the opera than at the synagogue, have produced a Hebrew renaissance and a political movement dedicated not to the love of pleasure but to the love of Zion?  In this lecture, Litvak explores the powerful connection between the city air of Odessa and the Jewish revival which it inspired.  Through the eyes of some of its most famous Jewish residents -- both its admirers and its detractors -- we will see how the temptations of Odessa changed the course of Russian-Jewish life.

Olga Litvak is a leading scholar of Jewish Eastern Europe.  Educated at Columbia University, Litvak currently holds the Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History at Clark University, where she teaches courses in Russian and Jewish history.  Litvak's recent books include Conscription and the Search for Modern Russian Jewry, Indiana University Press, 2006, and Haskalah: The Romantic Movement in Judaism,  published by Rutgers University Press in 2012.  She is currently working on a study of Russian Zionism.

Sergei Anufriev
Sergei Anufriev
No. 6 in Untitled Series, 1986
Gouache on paper
Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection
of Soviet Nonconformist Art
Photo Peter Jacobs
Lucien Dulfan
Lucien Dulfan
Reflection of the City, 1978
Oil on cardboard Collection
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection
of Soviet Nonconformist Art
Photo Peter Jacobs
Liudmila Yastreb Untitled, 1978 Tempera and ink on paper
Liudmila Yastreb
Untitled, 1978
Tempera and ink on paper
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection
of Soviet Nonconformist Art
Photo Peter Jacobs
Alexander Freidin At the Window, 1978 Oil on canvas
Alexander Freidin
At the Window, 1978
Oil on canvas
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection
of Soviet Nonconformist Art
Photo Peter Jacobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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