Art Exhibit Gives Generational View of Holocaust

A powerful art exhibit entitled Generations, presented by our Holocaust Council, will display works of art, including paintings, sculpture, conceptual art, and photographs by Hanna Keselman, Milton Ohring, Joanie Schwarz, and Lev Gal Wertman. The exhibit is open to the public and will be on view from September 17 through November 17 at the Gaelen Gallery West at the Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Route 10 in Whippany.

All are welcome to join us at an opening reception on September 17 at 2 p.m. and have a chance to meet the artists. Many of the works will be available for purchase. Dr. Irit Felsen, a Yale trained psychologist and artist, will speak on the topic of Art in Memory at the reception. Her talk, followed by a question-and-answer session, will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Hanna Keselman, a Springfield resident, and Milton Ohring, a Teaneck resident, are both child survivors of the Holocaust. Lev Gal Wertman, a Randolph resident, is the son of a Holocaust survivor. Dozens of his family were murdered during the Holocaust. Joanie Schwarz, a resident of Westfield, lost much family during the Holocaust. She was inspired to commemorate the Holocaust through photographs and encaustic photos after a recent visit to death camps.

“This exhibit is designed to reflect how different generations perceive and reflect the atrocities of the Holocaust through artistic expression. Each of these artists beautifully captures haunting elements in their work and provides us with reminders of the past and beautiful reminders of life, courage and resilience,” says Holocaust Council Director Barbara Wind.

To rsvp to the reception or for more information about scheduling a free docent-led tour of the exhibit, contact the Holocaust Council at holocaustcouncil@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3194. 

Still Life by Hanna Keselman

Rocking an Empty Cradle by Milton Ohring

Sacred Ground by Joanie Schwarz

Young Woman by Lev Gal Wertman