Polish Jewish Cultural Posters

New York, The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan,

November 16, 2006 - January 17, 2007

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Contemporary Posters, and The Polish Cultural Institute present the exhibition POLISH JEWISH CULTURAL POSTERS from the Contemporary Posters collection.

The vibrant Jewish culture that existed in Poland for 1000 years prior to WW II
was effectively destroyed by the Holocaust. Nonetheless, during the Communist era, the Polish government sponsored Jewish cultural events and commissioned artists to create art posters to publicize these events. Some posters were for Jewish film, others were for operas and exhibitions, and many were designed to accompany productions of the E.R. Kaminski National Jewish Theater. The posters, as well as the art, are significant. These posters, from the golden era of the Polish School of Posters (1946-1989), are recognized as the best in contemporary poster art, comparable to the posters of La Belle Epoque.
Hear more about the history and art of Polish Jewish cultural posters from Donald and Ylain Mayer of Contemporary Posters, a poster gallery specializing in Polish art posters, as well as remarks by a representative of the Consulate General of Poland.

This event is part of the JCC's series, "Visions of Jewish Life in Poland: Theater, Film and Posters", co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute, which also includes:

Wroclaw Puppet Theatre, "The Last Escape", based on writings of Bruno Schulz, Sat, Nov. 18, 8:00 pm; Sun, Nov. 19, 3:00 pm

"Korczak"(1878-1942), , film by Andrzej Wajda (115 min, Poland, 1990) Mon, Nov. 27, 7:30 pm
Opening Talk & Reception: Thu., Nov. 16, 6-8:30 PM, Admission free

The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave (at W. 76th Street)
New York, NY 10023