Linda Stein is an artist, activist, lecturer, and performer who explores gender roles and inspires compassion, empathy and bravery. In her new Holocaust Heroes: Fierce Females tapestry and sculpture series, Stein highlights 10 female heroes of the Holocaust who stood up to violence and oppression. Although many people failed to help the Jews and eleven million individuals who perished during the Holocaust, some stood up to the brutality. Through the use of fabric, metal, text and mixed media, Stein communicates the stories of heroic women, honoring positive female role models who are traditionally neglected in heroic narratives. The tapestries tell the amazing stories of such women as Ruth Gruber, an American correspondent who traveled throughout post-liberation Europe to interview and photograph displaced Holocaust survivor refugees, conveying their treatment to the world; Noor Inayat Khan, a Special Operations Executive agent, who was the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain to aid the French resistance; Vitka Kempner, a leader of the United Partisan Organization’s armed resistance in the Vilna ghetto; Gertrud Luckner, who led Freiburg Catholics in smuggling Jews over the Swiss border and delivered messages from the beleaguered Jewish community; plus six fascinating others.
Also on exhibit, Stein’s 20 Spoon to Shell box sculptures combine the shell and spoon, metaphors for nourishment and protection in the context of women in the Holocaust, within an amalgam of mixed materials, words and associations. Also showing: Two Holocaust remembrance books by Tatiana Kellner, generously donated by Gail and Stewart Appelrouth. View an artistic rendering of remarkable recorded reminiscences by the daughter of two Holocaust survivors.
The exhibit runs from October 10th to November 29th, 2015 at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, 11155 SW 112th Ave, Miami, FL 33176. Exhibits in the Futernick Family Art Gallery at the Alper JCC are opened on Sundays and during all Jewish Book Festival events beginning in October in the Cultural Arts Center or by appointment. For more information visit www.alperjcc.org or call 305.271.9000 x265