and Paul Peter Porges: Style and Humor
An exhibition of fashion design, cartoons, and survival during the
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan
September 11, 2001-June 28, 2002
Lucie and Paul Peter Porges: Style and Humor will be on view at
the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum from
September 11, 2001-June 28, 2002.
Lucie and Paul Peter Porges were both born in Sanatorium Lucina
in the Favoriten district of Vienna. In 1938, these two 12-year-old
Jewish children's lives were changed forever: Lucie Eisenstab fled
with her parents and sister from Vienna through Belgium and France;
Paul Peter Porges was evacuated from Vienna with other children
to La Guette (a children's home established by Baron Eduard de Rothschild
on the grounds of his estate at Ferrières, near Paris), and made
his own way across France. On the run from perpetual persecution
and the threat of deportation to the death camps, both reached safety
in Switzerland, where they ultimately met at the École des Beaux
Arts in Geneva in 1945. They later settled in New York, where they
married in 1951.
They embarked on extraordinary careers: Lucie as the associate
fashion designer at Pauline Trigère for decades; PPP as the popular
cartoonist whose work appeared regularly in The Saturday Evening
Post, Mad Magazine, and The New Yorker. This exhibition presents
works by both of these remarkable individuals. It also tells the
story of two cosmopolitan spirits -- refugees from Nazi-Europe whose
journey to freedom ultimately settled them on New York's Upper West
Side. Lucie stated: "Growing up during World War II, in terrible
places, ‘on the run,' I had this deep need for ‘beauty'...which
led me into a world of style and design, reaching for harmony that
became part of my life...."
From the high style of fashion to the irreverent humor of cartooning,
their lives and careers affirm the essence of Jewish creativity
and vitality. PPP remarked: "I consider myself a graphic raconteur,
a New York Upper West Side Jew, and a very lucky one at that."
Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Exhibitions Director, noted: "Their unique
accomplishments challenge us to ponder the infinite potential of
the 1.5 million Jewish children of the Porges's generation who did
not survive the Holocaust."
Admission the HUC-JIR Museum is free.
Museum Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm; Friday, 9 am - 3 pm;
Selected Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm.
For information/group tours, please call 212-824-2205.
Exhibition catalog available, with illustrations.
This exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Jewish Museum
Vienna and with the support of the Museum Advisory Committee, HUC-JIR/New