The Swope Art Museum will present the exhibit Auerbach to Zorach: Jewish Artists in the Swope Permanent Collection. The exhibit, which opens December 20 and will run through February 1, 2004, will feature works by nearly twenty nationally renowned Jewish artists Paintings, prints, and sculptures by Jack Levine, William Zorach, Eva Hesse, Raphael Soyer, Larry Rivers, and others will be on view.
The centerpiece work of Auerbach to Zorach is a lithograph print titled Protected by Raphael Soyer Protected illustrates the artist's expert ability at capturing the special bond between a parent and child. The image depicts a startled youngster peering over the shoulders of his mother who is comforting the wide-eyed child During the early 20th century, Soyer helped dismantle negative stereotypes about Eastern European immigrants by depicting them as the hardworking individuals they were who valued both piety and family.
Auerbach to Zorach is a special exhibit organized by the Swope Art Museum in conjunction with the Cultural Alliance of Terre Haute in support of the C.A.N.D.LE.S. Holocaust Museum. The C A.N.D.l E S museum, whose mission is to promote education and tolerance towards people of all faiths and nationalities, was the target of a malicious hate crime. On November 18, C A.N.D.LE.S. was burned by arsonists and its entire collection of Holocaust papers, documents, and artifacts were completely destroyed.