Exhibition Opening for Harbin, China|PAST/PRESENT
April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Like the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a grand synagogue stands in Harbin, China that serves as a museum and a relic of a time when it was the center of a flourishing Jewish community. And much like the Lower East Side, many of Harbin’s Jews eventually left the home they had created there. In this exhibition, Harbin’s Jewish past is presented in historic photographs and personal stories. In the 1890s, the Trans-Siberian Railway turned the small fishing village in northeastern China into a thriving city, shaped by the interaction of Jews, Russians, Chinese and others. But by the early 1960s, the last Jewish families had left Harbin, leaving behind synagogues, schools, a hospital and more as they immigrated to the United States, Israel and elsewhere. Today, a new appreciation for this history has spurred restoration and commemoration of the Jewish history of Harbin.
Steven Lane, a New York artist has been making art in Harbin for various periods of time since 1985, often uses the former Harbin synagogues as temporary studio spaces.Lane’s art in this exhibition focuses on painting over and re-using Chinese newspapers, posters, and books from the era of the Cultural Revolution, which he purchases from markets in Harbin. His works are presented as contemplations on Harbin’s present and its unique place in Jewish history.
This evening reception will mark the opening of the exhibition, and include remarks from Steven Lane and the exhibition curator.