Panel Discussion Identity, Art and Migration. Artist Refugees from Nazi Germany and Today

Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm at the School of Visual Arts New York: panel discussion “Identity, Art and Migration. Artist Refugees from Nazi Germany and Today”.


In honor of The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracized and Banned Art’s virtual exhibition “Identity, Art and Migration,” this panel discussion probes historical and all-too contemporary fault lines of persecution, migration, intolerance, cultural complexity and art. Historians, curators and artists come together to discuss the life and work of artists who were persecuted by the German Nazi regime and came to the US during the first half of the 20th century, while also hearing from living artists who are facing the challenge of relocation to the United States and its transformative effect on individual identity today. How do artists, with their particular set of sensibilities respond in their work and life to migration and exile? 

Yasi Alipour, Iranian Artist, Writer, and Teacher in New York
Rebecca Erbelding, PhD, Historian and Author in Washington DC
Ori Z Soltes, PhD, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and Jewish Art Salon Advisor
David Stern, German-born American Artist in New York, NY

Jeremy Cohan, PhD, Sociologist and Director of SVA Honors Program in New York
Rachel Stern, Director and CEO of The Fritz Ascher Society in New York