Elizabeth Rynecki "Chasing Portraits: a Great-Granddaughter’s Search for her Lost Art Legacy"

Moshe Rynecki (18811943) painted the Polish-Jewish community in the 1920s and 1930s. Although he perished in the Holocaust, many of his 800 works survived, and the Rynecki family has about 100. The artist’s great‐granddaughter will speak about her great-grandfather, her quest to find the missing pieces, and where the family’s story rests within the larger story of Holocaust art restitution.

Elizabeth is Moshe Rynecki's great-granddaughter. She attended Bates College ('91) where she studied Rhetoric. She received a Master's degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communication at U.C. Davis ('94) where her graduate work focused on children of Holocaust survivors and the voice and role of the second generation within Holocaust discourse. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her great-grandfather’s paintings with others and searching for the lost and missing pieces from the original collection. To this end she is working on the Chasing Portraits documentary film as well as a book about her family’s efforts to preserve her great-grandfather’s story and oeuvre of work. You can learn more about her great-grandfather online. The project can be followed on Twitter: @erynecki and on Facebook: Moshe Rynecki: Portrait of a Life in Art.

Date & Time
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street