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Hispanic Art and Americas Lecture Series Presents: Identity and Diversity in Artist's Books: A Fusion of Latin American Jewish Literature and Art.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 4:30pm

Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall Cardinal Cushing Library, Emmanuel College, 400 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115, USA

Hispanic Art and Americas Lecture Series Presents: Identity and Diversity in Artist's Books: A Fusion of Latin American Jewish Literature and Art. Prof. Steve Sadow will deliver Identity and Diversity in Artist’s Books: A Fusion of Latin
American Jewish Literature and Art.

This lecture combines a presentation and discussion of a new collection of fourteen “artist’s books,” examples of the rich culture of the Jewish communities in Latin America. The books contain a confluence of the poetry and art of that culture. Each book contains a poem by a Latin American Jewish poet, the translation of that poem into English, and an original work by a Latin American Jewish artist, a unique piece of art inspired by the poem. The art is done in a wide spectrum of techniques, from watercolor to digital images. The poems and artworks deal with Jewish identity, mysticism, Old Testament themes, the Holocaust and the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina, and other related topics.

Stephen A. Sadow is professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at Northeastern University. He specializes in Jewish Latin American literature and art. Among his books are King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers, winner of the 1999 National Jewish Book Award and his translations of Mestizo, a novel by Argentine writer Ricardo Feierstein (2000), and Unbroken: From Auschwitz to Buenos Aires (2004,) the autobiography of Charles Papiernik. Since 2007, Sadow has produced “Open Source” online publications, such as, his website of Jewish Latin American art: www.jewishlatinart.neu.edu, a bilingual collection of Jewish Latin American poetry, done in conjunction with the American poet J. Kates, iris.lib.neu.edu/books/1/ and “Identity and Diversity,” a catalog of 14 artist’s books which bring together Jewish Latin American poetry and art iris.lib.neu.edu/books/2/.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact José I. Alvarez Fernández at
alvarjo@emmanuel.edu, or at the phone #617-264-772.

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