On view March 5, 2020 – April 11, 2020.
This exhibit examines experiences of World War II, the Holocaust, and their aftermath through depictions by Lithuanian artist David Labkovski (b. White Russia, 1906-1991). Labkovski was a narrative artist who documented his life in a series of autobiographical drawings and paintings in subsequent years following WWII.
Working from memory, Labkovski’s work offers a genuine glimpse of the thriving Jewish community from his childhood in Vilnius (or Vilna), Lithuania, his endurance surviving a forced-labor amp in the Soviet Union, the results of looting and destruction in Vilnius, and his search for peace and renewal. What unfolds is a visual diary in oil, gouache, charcoal, and pen drawings, and a story of desolation and of resilience.
Works were generously loaned from private collections. Curated by Leora Raikin and Stephanie Wolfson of the David Labkovski Project.
Image credit: David Labkovski, Strashun Library to the Synagogue. 1964. Oil on canvas, 31.75 x 38.625 inches, framed. Courtesy of the Barishman.