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TODAY | SUNDAY 14 APRIL 2013 | 2:00PM
A Celebration of the Life and Works of Bronx Native Author, Chaim Grade Various YIVO JEWISH CULTURE SERIES

This event takes place at: RIVERDALE TEMPLE
4545 Independence Avenue (at 246th Street)
Bronx, NY 10471

Admission: Free

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research celebrates the acquisition of Chaim Grade’s estate, including his personal papers and library, literary manuscripts, and publication rights. These materials will be permanently housed at YIVO at our world headquarters in New York City and shared with the National Library of Israel.

This program features speaker Curt Leviant (Grade translator and personal friend) and a reading from Grade’s My Mother’s Sabbath Days in Yiddish and English by Hy Wolfe (Artistic Director, National Yiddish Theatre) and Jonathan Brent (YIVO Executive Director), as well as remarks by New York City Councilman Oliver Koppell.

Reception to follow.

TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2013 | 3:00PM
American Yiddish Literature: A Tubercular Perspective
Sunny Yudkoff (Harvard University)

Admission: Free
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Sunny Yudkoff, a doctoral candidate in Yiddish Literature at Harvard University, presents the literary case histories of three tubercular Yiddish poets who were affiliated with the Jewish Consumptives’ Relief Society, a sanatorium in Denver, CO. These poets include the canonical figures, Yehoash and H. Leivick, and the forgotten figure, Lune Mattes.

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2013 | 3:00PM
The Taste of Ashes
Marci Shore (Yale University)

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Oskar has just killed himself. After waiting a quarter century, he returned to Prague only to find it was no longer his home. With his memorial service, Yale historian and prize-winning author Marci Shore leads us gently into the post-totalitarian world. The Taste of Ashes extends from Berlin to Moscow, moving from Vienna in Europe’s west through Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw and Bucharest to Vilnius and Kiev in the post-communist east. Professor Shore (Yale University) builds her history around people she came to know over the course of the two decades since communism’s fall: her colleagues and friends, Jews and non-Jews, the once-communists and once-dissidents, the accusers and the accused, the interrogators and the interrogated, Zionists and Stalinists and their children and grandchildren. As the author reads pages in the lives of others, she reveals the intertwining of the personal and the political, of love and cruelty, of intimacy and betrayal. The result is a lyrical, touching, and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of how history moves and what history means.

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SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2013 | 3:00PM
Floating Worlds and Future Cities: The Genius of Lazar Khidekel, Suprematism, and the Russian Avant-Garde
Constantin Boym, Jonathan Brent, Ginés Garrido, Benjamin Harshav, Mark Khidekel, Regina Khidekel, Maria Kokkori

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IMAGE: Lazar Khidekel Suprematist World, 1922 Colored pencil, India ink and crayon, 6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in Mark, Regina and Roman Khidekel Collection

“Floating Worlds and Future Cities” will present the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of the work of the great Russian-Jewish artist, architect, designer and theoretician, Lazar Khidekel. Khidekel worked closely with both Marc Chagall and Kazimir Malevich in Vitebsk in the years 1918-1922, where he became an important proponent and theoretician of the avant-garde movement known as Suprematism and a founding member of Unovis group (Affirmers of New Art), which included other notable Russian and Jewish artists such as Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitsky, Nina Kogan and Ilya Chashnik. This exhibition and accompanying symposium will explore Khidekel’s biography and work, the Jewish contribution to the Russian avant-garde, and the glory of Vitebsk, the Paris of the East, as it was known during this period.

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In This Issue
A Celebration of Chaim Grade
American Yiddish Literature
The Taste of Ashes
Floating Worlds and Future Cities

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