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|Admission:||Free with Museum admission|
About the ProgramArthur Szyk fused his two passions—art and history—into a visual commentary on the dangerous parallel between the Exodus narrative of Egyptian oppression and the alarming developments unfolding in Nazi Germany. Scholar Irvin Ungar lays the groundwork for appreciating and understanding Szyk’s Haggadahmasterwork through evaluating its historical development and its carefully constructed illustrations.
Irvin Ungar is the foremost expert and leading dealer of the artwork of Arthur Szyk. A former pulpit rabbi fluent in Jewish history and tradition, Ungar entered the world of historic Judaica by founding the firm Historicana, where he has served as CEO since 1987. Irvin first specialized in Szyk’s remarkable illustrated books and quickly expanded his repertoire to include original art, fine art prints, and other important Szyk works. Ungar’s authority on Szyk’s life and work is internationally recognized. He has curated and consulted for numerous Szyk exhibitions at major institutions worldwide, including the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco; the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC; the Library of Congress; and the Spertus Museum in Chicago.
Ungar is the author of Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk, and the co-producer of the documentary film, Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, and the publisher of the luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah (2008)
Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert.