ArtCare Presents “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust”

ArtCare, the Friends of the San Francisco Arts Commission, will host a lecture at the Palace of the Legion of Honor on February 22, 2020 to coincide with its recent fundraising efforts for the restoration of the George Segal sculpture The Holocaust.

The free to the public event will feature renowned scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett in conversation about “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust“, as well as a viewing of the restored sculpture.

What: Lecture: “Cast from Life: George Segal’s The Holocaust” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, followed by viewing of the sculpture and remarks about the restoration by Rowan Geiger of Preservation Arts

Where:  Florence Gould Theatre at the Palace of the Legion of Honor

When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

In retrospect, it seems inevitable that George Segal would create The Holocaust. The ghostly aura of his earlier white figures cast from life seems to prefigure the ensemble that stands today next to the Legion of Honor. Holocaust survivors on the jury for a memorial in San Francisco wanted a powerful statement. Segal won the competition by delivering just that. How did The Holocaust speak to its time and and how does it speak to ours – to Holocaust denial, resurgent antisemitism, and “Never again.” This lecture explores the creation and reception of The Holocaust in relation to these questions and to other works of contemporary art.

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, and University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); and They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt). She received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for Jewish museums in Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow. 

To donate to the restoration efforts, go here and reference George Segal’s The Holocaust in the notes section.