Current projects that make use of my production and writing skills as well as of my scholarly training include:


  1.      a multi-media project about the Polish-Jewish painter and poet Izrael Lejzerowicz, who was active as an artist and as a cultural force in the ghetto of Łódź, Poland until his murder at the hands of the Nazis in August 1944. More at www.lejzerowicz.org. This project grew out of my interest and work on Hilda Stern Cohen (Lejzerowicz saved her life several times). Thanks to a Fulbright Research Scholarship, I spent four months in Fall 2013 in Poland. I have been working on organizing an exhibition and writing a book about the artist and his work.


  1.     a long-term film project begun at the University of Maryland College Park in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution and the Georgia and Maryland Humanities Councils about the artist Harriett Powers. Her groundbreaking work in an unconventional form - quilts - reveal her to be, in my opinion, the most important African-American woman artist of the 19th century. More at www.HarriettPowers.net

 

What’s perking now?

Above left: Gail Rosen with a self-portrait of Izrael Lejzerowicz, 1928, Muzeum Sztuki w Łódzi. Above top, Lejzerowicz in his studio, courtesy Łódź State Archives; “Bible Quilt” by Harriett Powers on display at the Cotton States Exposition (Atlanta), 1895. Courtesy Kyra Hicks.