ABRAHAM FOXMAN OF ADL TO SPEAK AT OPENING OF EXHIBITION ARBIT BLATAS: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT HUC-JIR:SPECIAL EVENT MARKS ADL'S DONATION OF BLATAS'S MONUMENT OF THE HOLOCAUST

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A program and reception to celebrate the exhibition Arbit Blatas: A Centennial Celebration, recognize the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for their generous gift to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) of Blatas’s Monument of the Holocaust, and posthumously honor the artist, will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2008, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the HUC-JIR Museum at One West 4th Street in Manhattan.

Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the ADL, will be the keynote speaker at the reception, introduced by Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR. The ADL’s gift of Blatas’ Monument of the Holocaust, which consists of seven bronze bas-relief sculptures depicting scenes from the Holocaust, was previously exhibited on the façade of the former ADL headquarters facing the United Nations.

Also speaking at the program will be Marjorie Tiven, the New York City Commissioner to the United Nations, and representatives from the French, Italian, and Lithuanian diplomatic corps who will present a posthumous award to Blatas. Four others casts of Blatas’s Monument of the Holocaust are publicly displayed as the permanent, public Holocaust memorials in Paris, Venice, and Kaunas, Lithuania.

Arbit Blatas: A CentennialCelebration is a major exhibition of the works of this powerful, sensual 20th century artist, the first New York retrospective since the artist’s death ten years ago. Blatas’s vivid palate communicated itself in Holocaust works, opera and theater stage set designs, landscapes and portraits -- all of which are represented in this centenary exhibition.


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