Janusz Skowron on Exhibit at PIASA
The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences will feature and exhibition by artist Janusz Skowron entitled Faces – Sketches from Dreams on January 31 through February 28 at 208 E. 30th St. (near 3rd Ave.) in Manhattan. The exhibit will feature new, never-before-seen artwork, mostly graphic arts and painting, that explore the theme of “the face.”
Born in Poland, Janusz Skowron studied Fine Arts at the University of UMCS in Lublin. Since 1989 Janusz has been living and working in New York City and is a member of the international multimedia art group “Emotionalism.” Since 2001 his illustrations have been published by the New York magazine “Kurier Plus”. Janusz was the curator of several exhibitions and is a promoter of Polish Art in America. Since 2007 he organized over 70 exhibits at the Starbucks Gallery in Greenpoint-Brooklyn.
The Opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 31 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. The exhibition will be on view, with music by saxophonist Krzysztof Medyna. Refreshments will be served. RSVP: email@example.com; 212 686 4164. For information: www.piasa.org.
Pola Negri Film on Tour
The 1918 Polish film, The Yellow Ticket, featuring Polish silent film star Pola Negri launched in New York, kicking off a five-city North American tour. Live music by klezmer revivalist, Alicia Svigals, and Canadian Jazz pianist, Marilyn Lerner will be played at each of the screenings of this Silent Era classic. A wide array of public programs including performance workshops, master classes, a film scoring lecture-demonstration, as well as panel discussions and talks will help contextualize the film.
The film not only explores the issue of Jewish discrimination in the Russian Empire, but also, in an impressively forward-thinking way for its time, examines such issues as human trafficking, poverty and suicide.
The tour is sponsored by The Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, with dates including: Vancouver, Canada, February 17; Miami, FL, March 3; Boston, MA, April 29; Philadelphia, PA, May 9; and Houston, TX, Nov 2013.
Polish Films at the New York Jewish Film Festival
The 22nd annual New York Jewish Film Festival will host an international selection of documentaries, features, and shorts – presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The presentation of the Polish films is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Zuzanna Solakiewicz’s tale of one man’s dedication to maintain the grave of a rabbi buried in a ruined cemetery in Gorlice, Yorzeit (Jorcajt), will have its official US premiere. Slawomir Grunberg’s newest short documentary, Castaways (Wyrzutki) about children desperately thrown from trains by their parents en route to Treblinka during WWII, will have its world premiere. A special program with Bruce Checefsky of the Reinberger Galleries, Cleveland Institute of Art will showcase early avantgarde films by Stefan and Franciszka Themerson.
The New York Jewish Film Festival is presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The presentation of the Polish films is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W 65th St. New York, NY: Yorzeit – Jan. 16, 3:30 pm, Jan. 17, 6:30 pm; The Films of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson – Jan. 20, 6 pm; Castaways – Jan. 21, 6 pm, Jan. 22, 4 pm.
Call for scholarships
The deadline to apply for the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown annual scholarships is January 31st. The winners of the varied scholarships will be announced at the group’s Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North on Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 pm Information: 330-549-0124, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographic Exhibition of “Chim” Dawid Szymin
The International Center of Photography with the support from the Polish Cultural Institute presents We Went Back: Photographs From Europe 1933 – 1956 on January 18 -May 5 at the International Center of Photography – 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
The retrospective exhibition is the first in depth survey of one of the most respected documentary photojournalists of twentieth-century Europe, Chim, a Polish-born photojournalist and a co-founder of the legendary Magnum Photos agency. It features over 150 vintage prints, mainly black and white and never before seen color prints, publications.
Born Dawid Szymin in 1911, to an affluent Hebrew and Yiddish publishing family in Warsaw, Chim started his career by chance in 1930s in Paris. While studying chemistry and physics at the Sorbonne a family friend, David Rappaport, lent Chim a camera. Even though Chim was an untrained photographer, he soon began publishing in Paris-Soir and was appointed staff photographer for the French leftist weekly Regards. In 1939 he boarded a Loyalist Spanish refugee boat headed to Mexico, escaping France, which was becoming increasingly dangerous for Jewish foreigners.
Chim joined friends in New York when World War II broke out. In 1940 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in Europe as a photo interpreter during the war and was naturalized in 1942, taking on a new name, David Seymour. In 1947 for This Week magazine’s story entitled “We Went Back,” Chim photographed many of the most famous sites of World War II.
In 1948 on assignment for UNESCO, he documented the impact of war on children across Europe, traveling through Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Hungary, and Poland. These photographs became the core of his famous “Chim’s Children” portfolio.
Cooking Class full of warmth
Only a mother’s love is warmer than a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter’s day. Polska Kuchnia in Youngstown, OH will be teaching three classic Polish soups on January 20. There’s Bigos (hunter’s stew) and two versions of Barszcz: beet and the regional white barszcz . Preregistration and information: t 330-427- 2752.
The Book Lovers
The Book Lovers will take place on January 25 – March 9 at the EFA Project Space – 323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY. This systematic examination of the growing phenomenon of visual artists working in the medium of the novel is researched and curated by artist David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska, head curator at Kraków’s Cricoteka – the Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor. The Twentieth Century has given us a few examples of artists using literary fiction as an artistic medium, but in the last two decades an increasing number of artists have chosen this form of practice. Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 2013 6:00-8:00 pm. The project is made possible with support from EFA Project Space an the Polish Cultural Institute New York.