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From the Contemporary Posters collection

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Opening Talk & Reception: Thu., Nov. 16, 6-8:30 PM

The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave (at W. 76th Street), New York, NY
Admission: free, Subway: 1, 2, 3, 9 to 72nd St., Bus: M7, M11 to W. 75th St.  

The vibrant Jewish culture that existed in Poland for 1000 years prior to WW II was effectively destroyed by the Holocaust. Nonetheless, during the Communist era, the Polish government sponsored Jewish cultural events and commissioned artists to create art posters to publicize these events. Some posters were for Jewish film, others were for operas and exhibitions, and many were designed to accompany productions of the E.R. Kaminski National Jewish Theater. The posters, as well as the art, are significant. These posters, from the golden era of the Polish School of Posters (1946-1989), are recognized as the best in contemporary poster art, comparable to the posters of La Belle Epoque.

Talk and Opening Reception: Thu., Nov. 16; Talk: 6-7 PM; Reception: 7-8:30 PM, Admission Free

Hear more about the history and art of Polish Jewish cultural posters from Donald and Ylain Mayer of Contemporary Posters, a poster gallery specializing in Polish art posters, as well as remarks by a representative of the Consulate General of Poland.

This event is part of the JCC's series, "Visions of Jewish Life in Poland: Theater, Film and Posters', co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute, which also includes:

Wroclaw Puppet Theatre, The Last Escape, based on writings of Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), Sat, Nov. 18, 8:00 PM; Sun, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM

"Korczak", film by Andrzej Wajda (115 min, Poland, 1990) Mon, Nov. 27, 7:30 PM

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