March 14, 2013 - 3:40pm
Art and the Holocaust: Understanding Aesthetic Experience as Empowerment
Professor Heather Mathews, Lecturer
Location: Lagerquist Concert Hall, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
What role can the experience of art play in our understanding of the Holocaust? In this session, we examine artworks as tools of empowerment, from the point of view of both the victim and the descendants of the perpetrators. We look first at paintings and objects made post-war to address the issue of German guilt, and end with a performance of Olivier Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" by PLU faculty members - Cameron Bennett, piano, Svend Rønning, violin, Craig Rine, clarinet, and Richard Treat, cello. This work was premiered during World War II in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany, outdoors and in the rain, on January 15, 1941 to an audience of fellow prisoners and guards. Messiaen performed on piano with musicians he met on the journey to the camp. This event is held in conjunction with the 2013 Holocaust Conference.
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