Boris Fishman is participating in the first conversation related to Letters to Afar on October 30 (a conversation between artists and scholars discussing their approaches to working on the past) at the YIVO institute.
In Letters to Afar, a new installation at the Museum of the City of New York, personal home videos once taken for family and friends are re-presented to us as windows to the past. What can art reveal about history? How does Letters, or any artistic work, mediate the past? How does scholarship? Artist Péter Forgács (filmmaker, Letters to Afar), author Boris Fishman, and scholars Marci Shore (Yale), Steven Zipperstein (Stanford), and Amelia Glaser, moderator (UC San Diego) present their work and discuss how art and scholarship shape our understanding of the past. How do artists’ and scholars’ views differ from our understanding of our own histories? How do we engage with what is no longer here?
Presented by YIVO and the Museum of the City of New York and supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This event is presented in connection with Letters to Afar, an immersive video art installation co-presented by YIVO and the Museum of the City of New York (October 22, 2014-March 22, 2015). To learn more visit here. This program is also part of the YIVO Artists and Scholars Series Fall 2014, which brings together some of the most innovative thinkers and artists working on East European Jewish life today for conversation and collaboration. Other Artists and Scholars programs take place on November 20 and December 11.
Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union, in 1979, and emigrated to the United States in 1988. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, Harper’s, Vogue, The London Review of Books,The Wall Street Journal and other publications. His first novel, A Replacement Life (HarperCollins, 2014) was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and received a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review.