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THE JEWISH MUSEUM explores the scope and diversity of Jewish culture by presenting art that educates, inspires and informs people of all cultures.

Encounters with Evil: An Artists’ Roundtable

Four artists whose work is included in the exhibition will discuss their art and their influences.

Christine Borland,
Scotland, L’Homme Double (1997)
Mischa Kuball, Germany, Hitler’s Cabinet (1990)
Zbigniew Libera, Poland, LEGO Concentration Camp Set (1996)
Roee Rosen, Israel, Live and Die as Eva Braun (1995)
Karen Michel,
Freelance Cultural Correspondent, National Public Radio

Tickets: $11 general public; $10 students/over 65; $9 members
Note: The exhibition will be open for viewing at 5:00 pm for program ticket holders.

The Root of All Evil

How does the study of evil in art deepen our understanding of the human condition? A distinguished panel from the fields of history, psychology and political science will address how visual culture enables us to look critically at the causes of transgression.

Melvin Bukiet- author of Sandman's Dust, Stories of an Imaginary Childhood, While the Messiah Tarries, After, Signs and Wonders, and Strange Fire. He is winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award and other prizes. His stories have been published in Antaeus, Paris Review, and other magazines. His essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers.

Burton Visotzky-Professor and Nathan and Janet Appleman Chair in Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. His books include The Genesis of Ethics: How the Tormented Family of Genesis leads us to Moral Development (1996). With Bill Moyers, he developed the 1996 PBS television series, "Genesis: A Living Conversation.".

James Young-Professor of English and Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (1998); The Texture of Memory (1993) and At Memory's Edge (2000). He is author of the Foreword to the exhibition catalogue for Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/ Recent Art.

Karen Michel,
Freelance Cultural Correspondent, National
Public Radio

Tickets: $11 general public; $10 students/over 65; $9 members

A Postmodern Hitler? Reflections on Hans Jürgen Syberberg’s Hitler: A Film from Germany

Syberberg’s controversial six-hour essay film Hitler – Ein Film aus Deutschland (1977) challenges the representability of a figure like Hitler by staging an enactment of Hitler's life with puppets and actors rather than using documentary film footage. This lecture will analyze Syberberg's aesthetics and politics with clips from Hitler and related films.

Anton Kaes,
Chancellor’s Professor of German and Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and author of From Hitler to Heimat: The Return of History as Film.

Tickets: $11 general public; $10 students/over 65; $9 members

To order tickets to the above programs by phone with Visa, Mastercard or American Express: call 212.423.3337. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Museum’s admission desk. Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Visitors are invited to share their responses and thoughts about specific topics related to Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art through facilitated public dialogues.

Understanding the Tension: Emotional Subject Matter in Conceptual Art

Reesa Greenberg, Adjunct Professor of Art History at Concordia University, Montreal and at York University, Toronto
Eleanor Heartney, Contributing Editor, Art in America

Who Can Speak for the Holocaust?

Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard, Director of Organizational Development at CLAL – The National Center for Learning and Leadership
James Young, Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Nechama Tec, Author and Professor of Sociology at the
University of Connecticut

Moral Ambiguity in Representations of Evil

Ellen Handler Spitz, Professor of Visual Arts, The Honors College and Graduate Faculty, University of Maryland/Baltimore County
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York

All three public dialogue programs are free with Museum admission. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No telephone reservations.

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66 West 12th Street
ROOM 510

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is the University’s vehicle for debate, discussion, research and reflection on the complex and vital relationship between politics and the arts. Committed to ensuring the future of democratic culture, the Center serves as a forum for those seeking an open analysis of relevant issues. Toward this end, the Center develops public lectures, courses, symposia, publications, research activities and focused study groups.

The Banalities of Evil

Hannah Arendt‘s Eichmann in Jerusalem, as well as her Origins of Totalitarianism, provide the background for our re-examination of some of her controversial speculations on the nature of radical evil and “the banality of evil.”

To be announced

Tickets: $5 general public; free admission for students with ID

Evil in Our Time:
The Oppression of Vasily Grossman

Tzvetan Todorov is an internationally renowned writer. His books include The Fragility of Goodness, The Morals of History and Facing the Extreme: Moral Life in the Concentration Camps.

Tickets: $5 general public; free admission for students with ID

For further information, call 212.229.5353 or visit

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The Damned

Directed by Luchino Visconti, Italy/Germany, 1969,164 min.

An epic allegory of the rise of Nazism as seen through the decadent Krupp family. A baroque film starring
Ingrid Thulin and Helmut Berger, which explores the
dark cycles of violence and evil in human history.

Laura Frost, Assistant Professor of English, Yale University, and author of Sex Drives: Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism.

Tickets: $5 general public; free admission for students with ID

The Night Porter

Directed by Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1973,118 min.

A controversial film about the perverse relationship between a former SS officer from a Nazi concentration camp (played by Dirk Bogarde) and a former inmate at the camp (Charlotte Rampling).

Susannah Heschel,
Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College and author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus.

Tickets: $5 general public; free admission for students with ID

For further information, call 212.229.5353 or visit

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The Humanities and Social Sciences Library of The New York Public Library offers an ongoing series of public programs that include lectures, interviews and discussions with writers, scholars, artists and people in public life.

Anti-Semitism in Music:
Wagner and the Origins of the Holocaust

Can the 19th-century composer and anti-Semite Richard Wagner be blamed for Hitler and the Holocaust more than fifty years after his death in 1883? Are his musical scores imbued with a violent anti-Semitism? This illustrated lecture suggests new ways of approaching the historical and artistic problems of the Wagner-Hitler connection.

Paul Lawrence Rose, Mitrani Professor of Jewish Studies and European History at The Pennsylvania State University and author of German Question/Jewish Question and Wagner: Race and Revolution.

This program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Dorot Foundation.

Tickets: $10 general public; $7 Friends of the Library;
free with student ID
Tickets can be purchased at the Library Shops, by mail or at For general information, call 212.930.0855 (1:30 – 4:30 pm weekdays), or log on to (click on “Events and Exhibitions”). The 24-hour recorded information line
is 212.930.0571.

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CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership was founded in 1974. A think tank, leadership training institute and resource center, CLAL's activities are dedicated to building a Jewish life that is spiritually vibrant and engaged with the intellectual and ethical challenges of the wider world. Its Jewish Public Forum network of leading thinkers and opinion-makers generates fresh ideas about the technological, political and cultural trends affecting ethnic and religious identity and community building.

Is Nothing Sacred in a Consumer Culture? Images of the Holocaust in the Age of Advertising

Who owns the images of the Holocaust? Who has the right to tamper with them? Has living in a world of logos and billboards fundamentally changed the way we interact with images, even the most horrific ones?
These questions will be discussed in open conversation. Selected artwork from The Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, will serve as the starting point for the discussion.

Rabbi Irwin Kula, President of CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
Norman L. Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts, The Jewish Museum

Some of New York’s leading social and cultural critics will lead small group discussions.

Free admission
Reservations required as space is limited.
To make a reservation, call CLAL at 212.779.3300.

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