Gallery Tour: “In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Artist and Soldier for Human Rights”
October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall, 200 Barlow Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824 United States
Irvin Ungar, Curator emeritus, The Arthur Szyk Society, will be in-person in our Bellarmine Hall Galleries to discuss the landmark exhibition, “In Real Times. Arthur Szyk: Artist and Soldier for Human Rights.”
Don’t miss “Szyk: The Interactive Experience” in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts.
Please note: This event is in-person only and will not be recorded. Space is very limited – register soon!
Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gallery-talk-in-real-times-arthur-szyk-artistsoldier-for-human-rights-tickets-625604218057
About the exhibition:
This special exhibition, organized around the theme of human rights features more than 50 works by acclaimed Polish Jewish miniaturist and political cartoonist Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), including political cartoons, and images that honor the power and importance of democratic ideals. A witness to the rise of totalitarianism in Europe, Szyk emigrated from London to America at the beginning of World War II. He lived and worked in Connecticut, and passed away in New Canaan in 1951. His powerful political cartoons animated the covers of magazines such as Time and Collier’s, raising awareness of the plight of European Jews and helping sway public opinion toward support for American participation in the Second World War. As a self-described “soldier in art,” Szyk’s work was acclaimed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as a potent weapon “against Hitlerism.” He advocated for religious tolerance, racial equality, and human dignity. Active in the years leading up to World War II and during the Holocaust, Szyk became one of America’s most celebrated political artists for his powerful artistic and social contributions against Nazism and fascism. As our communities continue to confront issues of structural racism and social upheaval — including the sharp rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence across the United States— this exhibition provides a platform for conversations on the urgent topics of human rights and social justice.
Image: Arthur Szyk, detail of “Pacte de la Société des Nations avec Annexe (Covenant of the League of Nations, with Annex),” 1931, watercolor, gouache, ink and gold illumination on paper, Taube Family Arthur Szyk Collection, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley.