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FABRIC OF SURVIVAL: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

FABRIC OF SURVIVAL: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

June 14, 2009 until October 25, 2009 // Oceanside Museum of Art // Oceanside, CA

Oceanside Museum of Art is embarking on a series of special programs inspired by the art in the coming exhibition, FABRIC OF SURVIVAL: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, that opened on June 14, 2009 and runs through October 25, 2009. Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was a teenager in rural Poland when the Nazis invaded her quiet village changing her life forever. Separated from their family, young Esther and her sister survived the Holocaust pretending to be Polish Catholics, eventually coming to America after the war. Several programs are planned throughout the exhibition that celebrate Jewish culture and honor Holocaust memories.

In New York, Esther began her life as Mrs. Max Krinitz, and continued the sewing and embroidery she learned as a child. She was an avid storyteller and throughout their lives, shared with her daughters the story of her harrowing days as a youth in Nazi occupied Poland. A gifted seamstress, Esther decided, at age 50, to tell her story in cloth, stitching thirty-six beautiful and poignant appliqué and embroidered panels which comprise the exhibition, FABRIC OF SURVIVAL: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.

On June 28, 2009 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Mrs. Krinitz’ daughters, Bernice Steinhardt and Helene McQuade will present a slide lecture at the museum as co-founders of the nonprofit organization Art and Remembrance. The purpose of Art and Remembrance is to use the power of storytelling and art to illuminate the effects of war, intolerance, and social injustice. The exhibition also features a 13-minute video with Mrs. Krinitz by award-winning director, Lawrence Kasdan.

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