Facing Survival: David Kassan

Art Exhibit

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 4:00pm

USC Fisher Museum of Art

823 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

The USC Fisher Museum of Art and USC Shoah Foundation will open their joint exhibition “Facing Survival: David Kassan” at USC Fisher Museum.

Kassan is an internationally recognized contemporary American painter who brings “Facing Survival” to USC Fisher Museum of Art following his residency with the museum and USC Shoah Foundation.  

To extend the exploration of testimony and its multiple forms, the exhibition from Sept. 18 to Dec. 7 will also feature USC Shoah Foundation’s interactive biography “Dimensions in Testimony.” Through this cutting-edge interactive display, visitors to the exhibition will be able to ask questions of some of the subjects in the paintings and hear their pre-recorded responses, giving firsthand accounts of their experiences.

In preparation for painting their portraits, Kassan filmed his subjects’ testimonies, getting to know them deeply. His intimate understanding of his subjects and of their unique histories enables him to convey a sense of their experiences during the Holocaust as much as it does their individual appearances now in testimony.

The collaboration advances USC Shoah Foundation’s Stronger Than Hate initiative to build a proactive, effective, actionable response to the growth and proliferation of antisemitism, racism and other forms of identity-based hatred worldwide.

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