Please join us for the first lecture in the 2019-2020 Department of Art History Speaker Series.
Ed Linenthal, Professor at Indiana Univeristy, presents the lecture Working on a Razor's Edge: The Creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
From the vision of the President's Commission on the Holocaust in 1978 to the celebrated opening of the USHMM in 1993, immense challenges confronted those tasked with the creation of this influential insitution. How should Holocaust memory be situated in the United States? Can a "hybrid" institution - a memorial and a museum - honor both the commemorative and historical voice? Where should such an institution be located? Should the architecture be neutral or expressive of the event? How can a museum exhibition - through text, artifact, visual evidence, oral history - convey the reality of the Holocaust? This presentation will offer a biography of the making of this significant institution.