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November Issue 2010

I.P. Stanback Museum in Orangeburg, SC, Offers Major Exhibit Focused on Social Justice

Ellen Zisnoltz ------------- Hale Woodruff ---------------- Aylinde Green

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC, will present several exhibitions including: Partnership in Social Justice featuring Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges, created and circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust; and Transcending the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust an art exhibition organized by the Idea Coalition. Several other exhibits will be offered in conjunction with these exhibitions, on view from Nov. 12, 2010, through Jan. 4, 2011.

By the time World War II began, Germany had purged itself of its Jewish professors, scientists and scholars. Some of these refuge academics found refuge in the United States. Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges is an exhibition which tells the story of some of these recent escapees from persecution in Nazi Germany, who, facing discrimination and an uncertain future, were welcomed by Black Colleges in the American South. There they came face to face with the absurdities of a rigidly segregated Jim Crow society. In their new positions, they taught, mentored and marched for civil rights with students who had grown up in and struggled with this racist environment. This exhibition explores the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they navigate the challenges of life in the segregated South.

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges contains photographs, artifacts, and documents loaned by the refugees and their families, students who were at the Black colleges, and the colleges' archives. This exhibition was made possible in part by the Helen Bader Foundation; the Lupin Foundation; the Blanch and Irving Laurie Foundation; public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Alpern Family Foundation; and the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation.

Transcending History: Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust was organized by the Idea Coalition, based in Philadelphia, PA. It features the artwork of Black and Jewish artists from around the country, reflecting Slavery and the Holocaust and the effects on the collective psyches of the two communities.

Images of the Unimaginable: Art, features images by artists who share their visual interpretation of Jim Crow, Civil Rights and the Holocaust including works by: Camille Billops, Sandra Brett, Schroeder Cherry, Stephen Crall, Tololupe Filani, Tyrone Geter, Vanessa German, Jesse Guinyard, Damond Howard, Doris Kennedy, Janet Kozachek, Kimberly LeDee, Rank Martin, Wendell Simons, Leo Twiggs, Colin Quashie, Jonathan Walsh, and Ellen Zisholtz.

Images of the Unimaginable: History, explores the horrific history and experiences of the Holocaust and Jim Crow. (This section not open to guests under the age of 12.)

Images of the Unimaginable: Science, presented on the dome of the Stanback's State of the Art Planetarium, showcases the scientific contributions of Jewish scientists who escaped the Holocaust and their influence on African American scientists.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call 803/536-7174.


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