In Place of a Missing Place

Curated by Noam Segal
January 29 – April 8, 2022

Pinchas Cohen Gan, Untitled, 2012

Pinchas Cohen Gan (Israel, b. 1942), Untitled, 1973. Sheets of newsprint, folded, torn and stained, 11 ½ x 16 ¾ in. The Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, 2012.1.12.

Pinchas Cohen Gan, Untitled

Pinchas Cohen Gan (Israel, b. 1942), Untitled, 1973. Sheets of newsprint, folded, torn and stained, 11 ½ x 16 ¾ in. The Donald Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art, 2012.1.21.

This exhibition of Israeli art from the AU Museum’s permanent collection will unpack landscape depictions in various media. It offers a historicized consideration of myth-making, forced migration, displacement, erasure, and trauma as showcased in the works of artists whose singular nationality envelops the entirety of land encompassing two nations—Palestine and Israel.

The works in the exhibition apply the formal language of western modernism to the localized politics and narratives that also enacted a historical process of erasure.

Works include gifts of Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch and those drawn from the Rothfeld Collection of Contemporary Israeli Art.