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ECHOES - European Anti-semitism Then and Now

Art exhibition, incorporating augmented reality, addresses past and current acts of assault in Amsterdam.

Yeshiva University Museum - Education Showcase (Main floor)

15 West 16 Street, New York, NY

Digital images, acrylic painting and augmented reality on canvas, by Katarzina Kozera and Yona Verwer.

Sound and performance by Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor of Oboe, University of Oklahoma.

Opening reception “Echoes” exhibition

Monday November 19, 6:30-8pm

Guided tour of the “Lost & Found” exhibition, 6-6:30 PM

Free and open to the public.

Are Europe’s Jews the canaries in the coal mine?

The triptych exhibited in the education department display case at the  museum portrays past and current anti-Semitism in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

During World War II, the city’s center experienced the roundup of 80% of its Jewish population, in the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a predominantly Jewish theater, where the Nazis gathered Jews to be deported to the death camps.

At the present time, the Dutch Jewish community is experiencing anti-Semitic vandalism and attacks on individuals, especially those wearing Star of David jewelry or kippot (skullcaps). The most recent event, early November, featured an action promoting a boycott of Israel that anti-Israel activists stage weekly at Amsterdam’s Dam Square monument dedicated to Nazi victims. Organizers played from loudspeakers a song by the rapper Ismo, who has featured anti-Semitic and homophobic content in his songs. In a 2014 song, he said “I hate Jews more than the Nazis.” Titled “Free Palestine,” the lyrics celebrate the actions of a female suicide bomber who blows herself up in Tel Aviv.

The displayed triptych addresses this resurgence of anti-Semitism. Its outer panels depict Dutch Jews being rounded up for deportation in the 1940s. The patterns of colored triangles refer to the Nazi camps markings of Jews, gypsies, political prisoners, etc. The center panel features a row of yarmulkes, “forbidden” items.

The artwork presents additional embedded images and sounds for an immersive experience.  An iPad will be provided at the opening for the viewer to trigger the videos and photos hidden in the work: focusing on certain areas in the canvasses, images will appear that depict the former Jewish life in Amsterdam and the current situation in the red light district.

Sounds are provided by Dan Schwartz who composed an oboe concert mixed with recorded street sounds at three major Jewish spots: the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the Portuguese synagogue, and the statue of a dock worker, a symbol of Dutch Resistance in World War II.

RSVP here

November 18 - December 26, 2018

Hours: Sunday: 11 am. - 5pm, Monday & Wednesday: 11 am – 8 pm, Tuesday & Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm, Friday: 11 am - 3 pm.


Viewing an embedded augmented reality video on a smart phone.

Artwork and video: detail of the triptych “Echoes” by Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer, with assistance by Dan Schwartz, 2018.


“Art and Augmented Reality with artist Yona Verwer”

Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Y.U. Museum, 15 West 16 Street, New York, NY 10011.

Explore the creative potential of augmented reality (AR).

First we will create a photo album page or artwork, using paints, pastels, or markers. In addition we will learn the technology of embedding images, or even videos or slide shows, in the page you just made. Looking at the physical art or photo page through the app you can explore these added images, which are visible only when focusing on an area in your work with your smartphone or tablet.

If you choose, you may also incorporate photographic images from Yeshiva University Museum's newest exhibition, Lost & Found A Family Photo Album.

NO art or tech experience necessary!

MUST BRING your own smartphone or tablet, and copies of photographs, videos, or texts.

(You may also bring a laptop for additional ease of using AR.)

Yona’s interest in using AR grew from her collaborative work with new media artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Katarzyna Kozera.

Some of her recent artworks, collaborations with Katarzyna Kozera, and featuring augmented reality, will be on view at the museum’s education showcase until December 26.

Tickets: $12 general; $8 Y.U. Museum members and Y.U. students, faculty and staff. Tickets here.



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