November 04, 2016

Dedication and Installation of “Warsaw (1943)” by Artist Robert Weingarten

LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2016 — The UCLA Anderson School of Management today dedicated a new work of art, “Warsaw (1943),” a powerful photographic composition by the accomplished Los Angeles artist Robert I. Weingarten.

The 2011 work, which was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Weingarten, is on loan to Anderson by the Malibu-based artist. The installation was initiated by David Pollock, a Los Angeles-based financial advisor, and his wife Lynn. The Pollocks currently have on loan to UCLA Anderson more than 20 of Weingarten’s works. They have also agreed to lend the school two additional pieces, which will be installed at a later date.

“Warsaw (1943)” is part of Weingarten’s Pentimento series, in which the artist overlays historic photographs with his own photos of the same locations in present day, a technique that allows the viewer to look through the images of the present to those of the past.

Through this translucent layering of recent and vintage images, “Warsaw (1943)” contrasts historic scenes from the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II and the city as it is today, a modern urban area where there are few, if any, visible reminders of the horrifying events that occurred there. In April and May 1943, an estimated 300,000 Jewish residents of the ghetto were deported and killed after German SS troops and police entered the area. Thousands of other residents remained in the ghetto and resisted the German advance, in the largest single Jewish uprising of World War II.

The composition is being displayed at UCLA Anderson at this time in an effort to remind those who visit, work or study at the school of the vital importance of creating a welcoming environment for all members of our community, at a time when political and religious polarization and tensions are high, on our campus and throughout the U.S. and the world.

“UCLA is home to people of all backgrounds, experiences and beliefs,” Dean Judy Olian said. “We cherish human life and must protect the most vulnerable. We are especially grateful to David and Lynn Pollock for sharing stark reminders, through art, of the risks to that precious principle.”

“This wonderful image is being installed today in celebration of how UCLA Anderson is addressing inclusivity and diversity,” David Pollock said.

The photo composition is the latest addition to the extensive art collection on display throughout Anderson’s campus, which features works by numerous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Dale Chihuly, alumna Jane Gottlieb and many others.

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