New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

“Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York/The Photographs of Fred Stein,” at NYU Open House, Sept. 29-Nov. 30

September 29, 2010
53

“Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York/The Photographs of Fred Stein,” a photographic portrait of the many famed artists and intellectuals who escaped Germany for the United States in the 1930s, will be on exhibit at NYU Open House (528 LaGuardia, between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets) from September 29 through November 30. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F (West 4th Street).

Taken by the noted photographer Fred Stein—himself a German-Jewish émigré who escaped Nazi oppression for the freedom of New York—the exhibit’s 24 images document a stunning migration of talent, one that would change the contours of America’s intellectual landscape and help propel New York, in particular, to an unparalleled position of cultural pre-eminence in the middle of the 20th century. 

Archivally printed from original black-and white 35mm negatives preserved for more than half a century by Fred Stein’s son, Peter Stein—head of production in the graduate film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Kanbar Institute of Film & Television—the photographs offer a broad “cross-section” of the extraordinary firmament of world-changing individuals who came through New York in these years. The exhibition includes such intellectuals, scholars, and scientists as Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, and Martin Buber; the writers Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Hermann Hesse; the artists, architects, and composers Max Ernst, Walter Gropius, and Arnold Schoenberg; and the directors and performers Josef von Sternberg, Erwin Piscator and Marlene Dietrich. Each portrait is accompanied by a biographical text panel exploring the significance of the subject’s accomplishments and the circumstances of their exile from their native land.

“Escape to Life” is the first rotating exhibit in the newly opened NYU Open House, a civic and cultural commons where the life of the university engages that of the larger city. Running through the end of October 2011 and open to the public six days a week, free of charge, NYU Open House will offer ongoing and rotating exhibits and a wide array of public events, including film screenings, talks, conferences, and panels. NYU Open House was designed and programmed by James Sanders + Associates, a New York-based architecture studio noted for its multidisciplinary projects, mixing urbanism, history, and cultural interpretation. 

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Humanities Initiative at NYU, Deutsches Haus at NYU, the NYU German Department, and the Center for Urban Experience.

 


 

 

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
NYUToday-feature, Arts and Science, Around the Square, Events, Events and Traditions

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

“Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York/The Photographs of Fred Stein,” at NYU Open House, Sept. 29-Nov. 30

“Escape to Life: German Intellectuals in New York/The Photographs of Fred Stein,” a photographic portrait of the many famed artists and intellectuals who escaped Germany for the United States in the 1930s, will be on exhibit at NYU Open House (528 LaGuardia, between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets) from September 29 through November 30. Pictured above is author Hannah Arendt, photographed by Stein in New York City in 1944.


Search News



NYU In the News

NYU Offers Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

The Wall Street Journal reported that NYU will begin offering scholarship aid to undocumented students for the school year beginning next September.

NYU Adopts Lean LaunchPad Program to Teach Entrepreneurship

Startup guru Steve Blank, in a Huffington Post blog, described how NYU adopted the Lean LaunchPad model to teach entrepreneurship to students and faculty at NYU.

Biology Professor Jane Carlton Examines Wastewater for the City’s Microbiome

The New York Times’ Science Times column “Well” profiled Biology Professor Jane Carlton and her research project to sequence microbiome of New York City by examining wastewater samples.

Steinhardt Professors Use a Play as Therapy

The New York Times wrote about a play written by Steinhardt Music Professor Robert Landy about the relationship between Adjunct Professor Cecilia Dintino, a clinical psychologist in the Drama Therapy Program, and a patient, former Broadway actress Jill Powell.

NYU Public Health Experts Urge Strengthening Local Health Systems to Combat Ebola

Dean Cheryl Healton of the Global Institute of Public Health and Public Health Professor Christopher Dickey wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post saying international health agencies need to strengthen their presence in countries at the local level to prevent future ebola outbreaks.

NYU Footer