From March 17 through June 30, 2002, The Jewish Museum will present Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, a contemporary art exhibtion accompanied by extensive education programs, forums for discussion, and a major publication. At the core of this initiative is a selection of recent works by thirteen internationally recognized artists, all of whom make new and daring use of imagery taken from the Nazi era. Employing the challenging language of conceptual art, the artists bring the highly charged imagery of the Third Reich out of the past and into the present, leading us to question how images shape our perception of evil today. Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art has been conceived and organized by Norman L. Kleeblatt, the Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts at The Jewish Museum.

In conjunction with Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art, The Jewish Museum and Rutgers University Press have published a catalogue of the same title, edited by Norman L. Kleeblatt, the Susan and Elihu Rose Curator of Fine Arts at The Jewish Museum and the curator of the exhibition. The 164-page book, featuring 79 illustrations (26 in color), includes essays exploring the history of Nazi imagery in the fine arts, film and literature; issues of representing the Holocaust; the responsibilities of institutions that exhibit controversial works of art; considerations of childhood, art and evil; and the ramifications of “impersonating” evil. The book also provides an in-depth entry on each artwork in the exhibition. Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art is available in the Museum’s Cooper Shop and at bookstores nationwide. Click here to purchase a catalogue.

During the presentation of Mirroring Evil, The Jewish Museum will offer programs for adults, school groups and educators organized in partnership with other institutions throughout New York City. Programming partners include The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School University; The New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library; CLAL – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Columbia University, Seminars in Innovative Education; and Facing History and Ourselves.

The Jewish Museum will offer seminars specially designed for educators and student programs, in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves. For more information, please call 212.423.3225.


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This project was supported, in part, by the Animating Democracy Initiative, a program of Americans for the Arts, funded by The Ford Foundation.

Major gifts have also been provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Ellen Flamm Philanthropic Fund, Peter Norton and The Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Schnurmacher Foundations, the Joseph Alexander Foundation, Inc., Goldie and David Blanksteen, The Dorsky Foundation, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, and other generous donors.




This project is one of 32 supported by the Animating Democracy Lab, a component of the Animating Democracy Initiative (ADI). ADI is a four-year programmatic initiative of Americans for the Arts, funded by The Ford Foundation. The Initiative fosters artistic activity that stimulates civic dialogue on important contemporary issues. The ADI Lab supports projects seeking to revitalize democracy through an engaged citizenry stimulated by artistic events. Other ADI efforts include publications, national convenings and an interactive web site. For more information, visit the web site at www.artsusa.org/AnimatingDemocracy.


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