Aspen Jewish center to host live drawing, discussion with Holocaust survivor

Aspen Jewish center to host live drawing, discussion with Holocaust survivor

Staff report

August 7, 2018

Courtesy of David Kassan

This live-sized, oil-on-panel painting of Holocaust survivor Hanna Davidson Pankowsky will be unveiled Tuesday at an event with the artist and survivor at the Aspen Jewish Community Center.

The Aspen Jewish Community Center will host Holocaust survivor and author Hanna Pankowsky, painter David Hassan and representatives of the Shoah Foundation for a free event titled “Stronger Than Hate: Storytelling Through Testimony & Art” on Tuesday.

The event will feature a live drawing demonstration from 3 to 5 p.m. as Kassan draws Pankowsky during her testimony; he will unveil a life-sized oil portrait of Pankowsky at the event. The artist will showcase the techniques used for his paintings and how survivor testimony inspires the process. Pankowsky, while sitting for the live sketch, will share her story and discuss the meaning of art in the wake of war and in the aftermath of genocide.

It will be followed by a conversation with Pankowsky about how her testimony and portrait will be used to counter anti-Semitism and intolerance. The four-person panel will include Stephen D. Smith, director of the USC Shoah Foundation, and Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum and professor of art history.

The Shoah Foundation was established by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve the video testimonies of suvivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. It has since collected some 55,000 interviews conducted in 63 countries and 42 languages.

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