Thursday, March 26, 2009

Special Announcement - Series of Articles by Lisa Thaler

We are pleased to announce that author and family historian Lisa Thaler will be contributing a series of articles to the JewishGen blog entitled "Framing History: Sacha Kolin in The Rose Art Museum's Permanent Collections."

Lisa spent ten years uncovering the life story and oeuvre of the Jewish émigré artist Sacha Kolin (1911 Paris-1981 New York). Her groundbreaking research methods are demonstrated in her biography Look Up: The Life and Art of Sacha Kolin (New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2008).

From the mid-1960s, campus museums acquired hundreds of Kolins, including 32 artworks at Brandeis University's The Rose Art Museum. The University's announcement on January 26, 2009, later modified, to deaccession its art collection generated fervent commentary.

In this three-part series "Framing History," Lisa places the academic museum in historical context, explaining the economic policies and social factors that fueled the explosive growth of campus museums in this era, and highlighting the archival records generated by the museum community. Family historians may apply these strategies to any occupation and to conduct cross-disciplinary studies.

You can visit the project website by clicking here. To purchase a copy of Look Up (available through Amazon) click here.

The "framing history" articles will be posted beginning Friday, March 27th.

Enjoy!

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