Image Credit: And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, Came and Smote the Angel of Death,Frank Stella,Illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya,lithography, etching, screen printing, woodcut, and linocuts, 50 3/4 x 41 1/8 in.,ed. 47/60,1984, collection of Elissa Oshinsky. © 2023 Frank Stella/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Submitted by The Skirball Museum 

In conjunction with its exhibition, “Frank Stella: Had Gadya, Illustrations after El Lissitzky”, the Skirball Museum is offering an illustrated lecture by co-curator Anne Hromadka Greenwald. Greenwald collaborated with Jean Bloch Rosensaft, Director of the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at HUC-JIR in New York and Skirball Museum curatorial consultant Abby Schwartz to bring this exhibition to HUC-JIR’s three North American campuses. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 4:30 pm in Mayerson Hall on the historic Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. The program will also be delivered via Livestream.

Hromadka Greenwald, HUC-JIR, Los Angeles curator and Southern California-based arts professional, will bring together her love of storytelling and expertise in Jewish contemporary art to explore the exhibition’s deeper themes. She will take a close look at Stella’s captivating prints through the light of traditional and modern re-readings of the popular Seder folksong, Had Gadya. The title of her talk comes from the haunting lyrics of a Chava Alberstein’s reimagined Had Gadya, written during the First Intifada and recorded only a few years after Stella completed his series. In Alberstein’s interpretation, she ponders: “What has changed? I have changed this year.” Like Alberstein and Stella, we live through uncertain times. Together we will use poetry, music, and art to inspire hope and help us break free of the repetitive cycles of trauma that lurk beneath the surface of this extraordinary work.

As the founding principal of AMH Art Advisory, Hromadka Greenwald has consulted with a select group of artists, non-profits, museums, and commercial galleries to develop their goals and increase their exposure in the public sphere and marketplace. As a result, she brings a solid foundation of over seventeen years of professional arts management experience. Following her double Masters in Non-Profit Management from HUC -JIR and Public Art from University of Southern Californa, Hromadka Greenwald has established herself in the fine arts world and Jewish cultural landscape. She has directed commercially successful galleries, curated exhibitions, and designed large-scale events domestically and internationally. Her curatorial practice is rooted in a love for storytelling– bringing together communities to explore their narratives in the public sphere through interactive design. As a creator and organizer, Hromadka Greenwald has consistently contributed to building the Jewish arts and culture field in Southern California and beyond.

To register for the lecture or to learn more about public programs, please contact the Skirball Museum, Autumn Wheeler at HUC or visit the Skirball Exhibitions page to register online. 

“Frank Stella: Had Gadya: Illustrations after El LIssitzky is on view at the Skirball Museum through July 2, 2023.