This independent study is an anthropological and art historical analysis of a series of portraits by Franciszek Jaźwiecki and Felix Nussbaum, two artists who created during the Holocaust, and the display of their artworks, and others from that time period, in museums. I explore these topics through an array of methods, including ethnographic interviews of museum staff at various relevant institutions (i.e., the Yad Vashem), as well as formal analysis and social history. Utilizing Lila Abu-Lughod’s (1991) ethnographies of the particular, Saba Mahmood’s (2006) theory of agency, Jane K. Nielsen’s (2017) writings on museum communication, and Susan A. Crane’s (2006) framework on museums and memory, my independent study interrogates how art and museums act as purveyors of stories. While the portraits by Jaźwiecki and Nussbaum, and the museums that display them, occupy two different sections of Holocaust studies, I unite them in this independent study through the articulation of key themes that play out in both spheres. I seek to bring together discussions on museums and portraiture of the Holocaust through intersecting themes of agency, identity, and commemoration/permanence.
Art and Art History; Sociology and Anthropology
Krabbe, Marloes, "Adding to the Narrative: Stories of the Holocaust through Portraiture and the Museum" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9386.
European History | Holocaust and Genocide Studies | Modern Art and Architecture | Other Anthropology | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Social History
Holocaust, art, portraits, museums, museum anthropology, anthropology, art history, Felix Nussbaum, Holocaust museums, art museums, Franciszek Jaźwiecki, exile, concentration camps, Nazis, SS, testimonies, witness
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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