The Anne Frank Center USA is pleased to present "Artifacts and Memory: The Drawings of Nancy Patz"

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Running from March 11-April 30, 2015, the exhibition is part of the "Helpers, Heroes, and Liberators" season commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

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"Who was the woman who wore the hat I saw in the Jewish Museum? What was she like? Did she lie awake in the morning and watch, the way I did today, as dawn brushed light through the sky?"

Inspired by a hat she saw on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, author and illustrator Nancy Patz began a larger exploration of the power of artifacts and memory. The result is a beautiful, moving series of pencil drawings from 2003 titled "Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?" Using subdued watercolors and old photographs, the drawings bring the reality of the Holocaust into sharp focus by trying to recreate the story of the woman - faceless, nameless - behind this hat.

"Artifacts move us," explains Patz. "Even when they tell us only mere fragments of the full history." On display with a selection of "The Artifacts Drawings," her 2014 series exploring Holocaust artifacts and memory, The Anne Frank Center USA is proud to welcome this breakthrough exploration of history and everyday life.

The exhibition is part of The Anne Frank Center USA's "Helpers, Heroes, and Liberators" season, which marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank, and the end of the Second World War in Europe, by focusing on personal stories of Holocaust survivors and the righteous rescuers who helped so many.

The exhibition opening will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at our gallery at 44 Park Place, New York, NY. The opening is free and open to the public. The public may also visit the exhibition during our normal hours Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Adults $8; Students and Seniors $5

A family workshop and lecture will also accompany the exhibition:

Framing Memories
A Family Program with artist Nancy Patz
Saturday March 14 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Adults $8; Students and Seniors $5
$20 for a family ticket (consisting of 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)

As part of her current exhibit, "Artifacts and Memory," artist Nancy Patz will lead a collage workshop for young people, honoring a special object or treasure which they will bring with them that day. Participants will create a framed and matted collage with the use of mixed media and craft materials, which they can take home, celebrating the importance of their artifact. All materials are provided.
Suggested age: 8 and up
Funding provided by the Puffin Foundation West

The Poetry of Artifacts
A lecture and workshop with Dr. Karen Shawn
Wednesday March 18 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Adults $8; Students and Seniors $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Join Dr. Karen Shawn, visiting associate professor of Jewish education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University, for a special workshop in conjunction with the current exhibition Artifacts and Memory: The Drawings of Nancy Patz. The workshop integrates a lecture and film screening, and offers participants the opportunity to read, reflect on, and respond to Holocaust poetry and survivor testimony written about specific artifacts that sustained survivors during and after the Holocaust.
Funding provided by the Puffin Foundation West

Space at both events are limited. Please RSVP at info(at)annefrank(dot)com or at 212-431-7993

Nancy Patz is a Baltimore-born artist, teacher, lecturer, author, and illustrator, who has dedicated her professional life to writing, entertaining, inspiring, and educating young minds. A former resident scholar at the Smithsonian Institute, she is the recipient of many awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award of the Association of Jewish Libraries for "Who Was the Woman Who Wore the Hat?," the Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book Award from the Center for Children's Books, the Gold Star Award from the Fund for Educational Excellence, and several Parents' Choice Awards.

About The Anne Frank Center USA
The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner organization of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance, racism, and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect. http://www.annefrank.com

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