"Marc Chagall and Shtetl Life: Interactive Public Seminar on Jewish Diaspora Paintings"
Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 5:45-7:00 p.m.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Room 1102
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BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University's High Country Humanities—with support from North Carolina Humanities—is pleased to present "Marc Chagall and Shtetl Life: Interactive Public Seminar on Jewish Diaspora Paintings" on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 5:45-7:00 p.m. The seminar will take place in Room 1102 of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at 423 West King Street in Boone.
Appalachian State faculty members will offer a brief introduction to the work of Marc Chagall (1887-1985), a Russian-born artist who spent most of his career in France (except when exiled to New York during the Holocaust). Chagall is best known for his paintings of Paris and for stained glass windows that adorn cathedrals around the world. This event will focus on his representations of shtetl (“little town”) life and the Jewish diaspora.
The speakers will include Dr. Lorraine Affourtit (Art History and Visual Culture and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies), Dr. Michael Behrent (European and Modern French History), Dr. Darci Gardner (French and Francophone Studies and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies), and Dr. Chris Patti (Communication Studies and Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies). Participants will enjoy a thematically-relevant snack while learning interpretive strategies that will enhance their appreciation of famous artworks and lesser-known artists alike.
The event kicks off High Country Humanities' series "Connecting Local and Global Rural Cultures." This series of talks, workshops, demonstrations, and film screenings is supported by a grant from North Carolina Humanities. Each event is designed for general audiences and will help the campus and broader public learn about the stories, histories, and traditions of rural communities from our state and around the world.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees may park in the College Street Parking Deck, located at 162 College Street, for free from 5:30 p.m. to the end of the event. For a disability accommodation, visit odr.appstate.edu.
About High Country Humanities
High Country Humanities at Appalachian State University aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanities across the High Country region of North Carolina. The program supports faculty in their scholarly activities, promotes their collaborations with community partners and organizes events that help their expertise reach the wider public. High Country Humanities is an initiative of App State’s College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Division of Academic Affairs. Learn more at hchumanities.appstate.edu.
About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts
Located on 423 W. King St. at the crossroads of campus and community, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors in dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Learn more at tcva.appstate.edu/about/visit.
By Dr. Darci Gardner and Lauren Andersen
December 7, 2023