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Samuel Bak in Conversation
Contact Strauss Performing Arts Center (402) 554-3427

Renowned artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this September in tandem with a showing of seventy of his creations. Thanks to the UNO's Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy and The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, the showing and a series of related public events will be free and open to the public.

A conversation featuring Samuel Bak is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 P.M. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, preceded by a reception beginning at 6 P.M. Both events are free and open to the public, no tickets or registration required. A book signing will follow.

“This will be an evening of rich discussion and discovery,” said Mark Celinscak, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and executive director of UNO’s Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy. “Samuel Bak creates deeply symbolic and evocative worlds and invites us all to confront, interrogate and repair.”

Learn more here: https://www.unomaha.edu/news/events/2019/08/artist-samuel-bak-and-collection-coming-to-uno.php

THE EXHIBITION

“Witness: The Art of Samuel Bak,” opens Tuesday, Sept. 3 in the UNO School of the Arts’ Art Gallery, housed in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The collection spans five decades of Bak’s artistic journey, featuring pieces that have been shown in major museums and galleries in cities such as Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Rome. The art will be on display through Thursday, Nov. 14. 

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Bak’s art visualizes his Holocaust experience and Jewish life through the ages. His art melds different styles, often featuring surreal imagery.

“Most of my paintings, seemingly realistic, attempt to intrigue and interrogate their beholders. What do all those icons and symbols mean? What is the story behind this strange universe? I am looking forward to the encounter with the public of my forthcoming exhibition at UNO,” Bak said. “My art is anchored in my personal story of survival, in which the specific events point to the universal premises of the human condition.” 

BAK IN CONVERSATION

Community members have an opportunity to hear from the artist himself. Bak will visit campus in late September to headline an event and participate in related human rights programming.

A conversation featuring Bak is set for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 P.M. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center, preceded by a reception beginning at 6 P.M. Both events are free and open to the public, no tickets or registration required.

“This will be an evening of rich discussion and discovery,” said Mark Celinscak, Louis and Frances Blumkin Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and executive director of UNO’s Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy. “Samuel Bak creates deeply symbolic and evocative worlds and invites us all to confront, interrogate and repair.

Location Strauss Performing Arts Center 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, Nebraska 68182