“Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery”

Sept. 14, 2012 through April 14, 2013
Central Gallery

“Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery” is a selection of still-life montages of Boston-area artist and photographer Leslie Starobin composed from the personal belongings salvaged by families under unimaginable distress and often in flight during the Holocaust. The show highlights the bravery and hope of six families through a series of individual photomontages, each depicting their experiences during the Holocaust.

Starobin's notable past photographic series include "Dancers' Feet," "The Dead Sea: Mirror of Time" and "Shadows Across the Promised Land."  Starobin’s photographic and montage work is in the permanent collection of many academic museums, including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Smith College Museum of Art. Her work is also in the collection of numerous public museums in America, including the Jewish Museum and  Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Starobin has had solo exhibitions at the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA, Duke University Museum of Art in Durham, NC, the National Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Oregon Jewish Museum in Portland.

In 2010, Yad Vashem in Israel selected Starobin's photomontages for inclusion in their upcoming, international database of artists, who have explored the Holocaust in their artwork.

For this project, as well as others, Starobin has traveled extensively. She has photographed in Belarus, Israel, Japan, Russia and Western Europe.

Her montage work has been featured in Pakn Tragen Magazine published by the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. Her photographic work has been included in numerous publications, including American Photographer, Business Week, Dance Magazine and Photo Art Magazine in Hong Kong. Starobin's feature story, "The Ancient Healer" with photographs of bathers at the Dead Sea was published in The Boston Globe Travel Magazine.

Starobin is the recipient of numerous grants, including one from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation of the Arts/Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Most recently, she received two Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Grants for her series, "The Last Address."

Starobin is a professor of communication arts at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, where she specializes in photography, visual communications and the history of photography. She has a master's degree in fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and a bachelor's degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

This exhibition is generously underwritten by Susan and James A. Baker, III; FamilyTreeDNA.com; Velva G. and H. Fred Levine; and Holocaust Museum Houston’s Corporate Chairman Members: Baker Botts LLP, Frost, The Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, H-E-B, the Morgan Family Foundation and Marathon Oil Corporation, with special thanks to United Airlines, official airline of Holocaust Museum Houston.

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