(New York, NY)—The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will explore the work and legacy of internally-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind on Tuesday, March 2 at 7 PM ET. In this virtual program, architecture critic Paul Goldberger will join Libeskind to discuss how his background and experience as the son of Polish Holocaust survivors inform his work.
Mr. Libeskind is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. In 1989, he won an international competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin; he devoted more than a decade to completing the project. He has since built several influential museums, including the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen. His master plan to rebuild the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan won an international competition and is being realized today.
He was born in 1946 in Łódź, Poland. His parents were Holocaust survivors. When he was a teenager, his family emigrated to the United States and settled in the Bronx. Mr. Libeskind received the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and pursued a career in music before leaving the field to pursue architecture. His work is informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, literature, and poetry, as well as his identity.
Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will join Libeskind to talk about his life, legacy, and Polish-Jewish heritage.
“Legacies: Daniel Libeskind” is a part of the Museum’s “Legacies” series which highlights notable figures with a connection to Jewish heritage, identity, and the Holocaust. In February, “Legacies” will feature the life and work of Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla. The event will stream live on Zoom and is free with a suggested $10 donation. To view the event, register here.
“Legacies: Daniel Libeskind” is co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, whose award-winning building in the heart of downtown San Francisco was designed by Libeskind.
About the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
Currently on view is the acclaimed exhibition Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. This is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America, bringing together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from over 20 institutions and museums around the world.
Also on view are Ordinary Treasures: Highlights from the Museum of Jewish Heritage Collection and Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony.
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.