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Masha Bruskina

Nancy Spero (American, 1926-2009)

Masha Bruskina, 1995

  • Acrylic on linen
  • 122 1/4 x 146 1/2 in. (310.5 x 372.1 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Fine Arts Acquisitions Committee Fund, Blanche and Romie Shapiro Fund, Kristie A. Jayne Fund, Sara Schlesinger Bequest, and Miki Denhof Bequest, 2002-12a-c

Not on view



Masha Bruskina


Masha Bruskina

In Masha Bruskina, Nancy Spero uses text and photographic images to highlight the identity of a formerly little-known Jewish participant in the resistance movement during the Holocaust. Have students compare Masha Bruskina with Boltanski's installation:

  • What do these two works have in common in terms of subject matter, formal elements, and media?

  • Why do you think one artist chose to present his subjects anonymously while the other artist does not? How do these choices serve each artist's goals? What do you think are the goals of each work?

  • What is the overall impact of each work? How does each artist's choice of materials and media contribute to this?

Click here to learn more about Spero's work.