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Exhibition Opening: Conspiracy of Goodness
October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Part of the Drs. Bebe and Owen Bernstein Lecture Series
The KHC unveils of our newest original exhibition that tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in the Haute-Loire region, saved 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Villagers of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and the surrounding villages, joined together to conceal, rescue, and provide false documentation for Jews and French Resistance fighters at great risk to their own lives. They offered sanctuary and kindness to refugees, while they, the Huguenots (French Calvinists), had lived under oppression themselves and were targets of religious persecution for hundreds of years. The unwavering willingness of the villagers of Le Chambon to help those in need, is a testament to the power of the human spirit and will serve as an outstanding model to students and other visitors about our responsibility to respond to global events.
This exhibit is curated by Cary Lane, Ph.D., the KHC 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence and assistant professor of English at Queensborough Community College. Join us for the official public opening as Dr. Lane discusses the process of research and discovery that led to the development of this new exhibition.
Dr. Cary Lane has curated and contributed to multiple professional art exhibits, including the 2009 exhibit, “Visualizing the Unknown: Forensic Art” in the President’s Art Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and as artist-in-residence for the 2010, exhibit, “Rivane Neuenschwander: True Love” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. His most recent curatorial duties were for the highly-received KHC exhibition, The Jacket from Dachau: One Survivor’s Search for Justice, Identity, and Home, about a donation of a rare concentration camp jacket that was found at an estate sale in Bellmore, NY. This project was made possible through an international collaboration with the Lieu de Mémoire au Chambon (Place of Remembrance at Chambon) Museum, the Village of Le Chambon, and the French Ambassador to the United Nations.
This event is FREE, but registration is requested. Visit: https://conspiracyofgoodness.eventbrite.com