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All This Has Come Upon Us Lecture and Exhibit: Mark Podwal, Artist and Marc Epstein, Vassar College

Apr 27, 2017
4:10 PM - 6:00 PM


University Events

Lehigh University invites you to attend an exhibit and lecture on the history of incidents of anti-Semitism, based on Mark Podwal's portfolio All This Has Come Upon Us. 

All This Has Come Upon Us is Mark Podwal's portfolio of 42 archival pigment prints illustrating historical incidents of anti-Semitism. Each print resembles a book's page and features a drawing and a painting, combined with a verse from the Book of Psalms, depicting a tragedy or injustice in Jewish history from slavery in Egypt through the Holocaust. Podwal notes, "the paintings and drawings in this series are a disturbing reminder of how Europe's extensive history of 'Jew-hatred' laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz."

Lehigh University will host an installation of this work in Williams Hall, showcasing five different prints each academic semester.

4:10 p.m. ~ Lecture and Exhibit Presentation
Herbert A. Roemmele '53 Global Commons, Williams Hall

5:30 p.m. ~ Reception
Torcivia Greenhouse, Williams Hall

The All This Has Come Upon Us exhibit is made possible thanks to the generosity of Amy and Joseph Perella '64 '06H who donated the artwork to the permanent collection of Lehigh University.

About the Presenters:
Mark Podwal is a physician, a filmmaker, a professor at New York University School of Medicine, and an author of more than thirteen books. But foremost, Podwal is a Jewish historian, a storyteller, and a custodian of the past. Most of his work focuses on Jewish legend, history, and tradition. His art is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum, the Vatican, among many others.

Marc Epstein is Professor of Religion on the Mattie M. Paschall Davis & Norman H. Davis Chair at Vassar College. Formerly, he was director of the Hebrew books and manuscripts division of Sotheby's Judaica department. Widely published, Epstein has written on various topics in the Jewish culture, and his 2015 book Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Manuscript Illumination is a National Jewish Book Award Winner.


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For further information, please contact University Events at (610) 758-2746.