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HGS 504/714 - Holocaust Art

Due to its enormity and unprecedented nature, the Holocaust has attracted artistic interpretation, private and public, trained and untrained, both from within and beyond the Jewish community. To better understand the response to the Holocaust in the visual arts, this class begins by considering the general history of art in the Jewish tradition, Western art traditions in the Inter-War Period, and visual political propaganda. We will then study art by victims and perpetrators and post-Holocaust efforts to interpret the Holocaust visually by survivors and by generations of artists who did not directly experience the horrors of the Holocaust themselves. Dozens of Holocaust works of art will be considered from artistic and historical viewpoints. Students will also have an opportunity to do individual research projects. No previous experience with art history required.