If you want to find me this fall, just come to Emory University! ‘ve been to Atlanta multiple times this fall, under the auspices of the Center for Ethics, to mount my photo exhibition as it has never been mounted before (Instead of one venue, we have it simultaneously mounted in five!!!), with many programs and initiatives underway.
And for this event, I re-wrote the whole exhibition to reflect new research and new discoveries. In mid-September, this newly organized photo exhibition was premiered at Emory’s Center for Ethics, the Medical School, the Interfaith Cannon Chapel, and the performance space of the Upper Lobby and Main Lobby of the beautiful Schwartz Center, with simultaneous exhibition openings throughout campus from 4-7 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., I did a special gallery talk at the Visual Arts Gallery, with an audience that lined the whole length of the exhibition. Then I stopped just in time to begin an hour-long National Public Radio interview, which stopped at 7:15 because the next audience had been patiently waiting at the Center for Ethics for the premier and presentation, which was to have started at 7. Paul Root Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics, introduced me and gave background on my work before we began my talk and a multi-media presentation.
The second trip to Emory featured a world premiere – combining my photos with music composed in the concentration camps – titled Creativity in Captivity – The music which was researched by musicologist, Francesco Lotoro, who arrived from Italy to share the stage with me, and members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who performed. The musical pieces were accompanied by archival photos from my Eyes from the Ashes collection, and excitement was so great that tickets were completely gone several weeks in advance of the program. I’ve heard of “sold out” for rock concerts, but not often for Holocaust programs.
There are a host of other appearances as well, including classes I will teach at Emory’s medical school and arts and sciences, as well as two filmed interviews, in the style of James Lipton and Inside the Actor’s Studio. The first will have Jason Francisco, head of the Art Department and photographer himself, as the interlocutor; the second filmed discussion will have questions posed by Professors Deborah Lipstadt and Agelika Bammer, as well as their well-informed students of Holocaust Memory. These filmed discussions will be available nationally on itunes u for anyone to download and watch.
The third trip to Emory will take place in October, to coincide with the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, with presentations by the Dalai Lama on Happiness and Creativity on October 17-19. He will be joined by Richard Gere, Alice Walker and London’s (former) Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. In conjunction with the Dalai Lama’s visit, I will be doing a special program on October 17th at Emory’s Visual Arts Gallery, emphasizing elements of compassion and generosity exhibited in these precious photos.
On a personal note, one of my favorite people in the world, a man who became like a second father to me, died very suddenly a few weeks ago, Henry Skorr. In his memory and in his honor, I dedicate all the work I am doing at Emory.