Friday, March 23, 2012
From Paris to New York By Way of Hollywood
You may have wondered why we haven’t blogged this week. It’s not that we haven’t had anything to say, it’s just been a very busy week, as we have been preparing for our exhibit, Filming the Camps: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, and George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg, to open.
From adjusting lights and installing artifacts, to working with reporters, placing advertisements, hanging new signs, and welcoming visiting dignitaries, there is a lot that happens leading up to opening a new exhibit. In fact it is almost hard to find time to be nervous.
Filming the Camps is on loan to us from the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, which created and designed the exhibit, curated by historian/professor/filmmaker Christian Delage. It’s actually our third collaboration with the Mémorial. In his remarks at the opening, our director, Dr. David G. Marwell, commented on the fact that we are presenting their exhibit on American filmmakers, while they presented ours on a French writer, Irène Némirovsky. As our colleagues in France would say: C’est la vie!
We’re happy to report that the early buzz from reporters and visitors has been incredibly positive. Visitors have said that they are glad to learn about this relatively unknown story and have talked about the power of the footage shown in the exhibit. You can read the press reaction in the Wall Street Journal and Time Out New York, but, of course, we recommend that you come see it for yourself.
Image: Celebrating the opening of Filming the Camps (L to R): Jacques Fredj, Director of the Mémorial de la Shoah, Museum of Jewish Heritage Director, Dr. David G. Marwell, Eric de Rothschild, president of the Mémorial de la Shoah, curator Christian Delage, Sophie Nagiscarde, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Mémorial de la Shoah.
Photo by Melanie Einzig.