A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés:
Calligraphic Paintings “in Memory of the Children”
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Lecture at 6:00)
The National Arts Club, Marquis Gallery
15 Gramercy Park South (between Park Avenue and Irving Place)
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Initiated in 2010, Eleanor’s calligraphic painting project, entitled A la Memoire des Enfants Déportés (In Memory of the Deported Children) comprises more than 200 works commemorating 6000 Jewish children who were deported from Paris between 1941 and 1944, and died in the death camps at Auschwitz. Based on the texts from commemorative plaques installed by the French government on the facades of Parisian school buildings, Eleanor has “taken the words off the walls” and created artworks with the purpose of honoring the memory of these young victims of the Holocaust through the use of calligraphy, color, texture and design, in order that contemporary viewers never forget this tragic chapter in our shared history.
Many of these works have been exhibited in New York at the Anne Frank Center in 2014 and at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit in 2016. Eleanor will talk about the inspiration for the paintings as well as the artistic evolution of the project from simple symmetrical pen-and-ink calligraphy to multi-layered, sometimes semi-legible works using a variety of media, letterforms and techniques.
We will also introduce our inaugural class of Society of Scribes Scholarship recipients.
(Artwork by Eleanor Winters)