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18 Jun 2015

American Folk Art Museum Celebrates KulturfestNYC

Join the museum in celebrating KulturfestNYC, an international festival of Jewish performing arts and a historic event celebrating the extraordinary contribution and impact of Jewish culture on the world.

Families with children ages 4–12 are invited to participate in a special and free family event. Participants will study the work of collection artist Harry Lieberman and consider his themes and stylistic choices. Then, families will create their own Lieberman-inspired narrative works of art.

Lieberman was born in the small Polish shtetl, or Jewish village, of Gniewoszów, in the area of eastern Europe known as the Pale of Settlement. In 1906 Lieberman immigrated to the United States, one of the many thousands of Jews fleeing the hardships and violence of Jewish life in Russian Poland. In New York City he adopted a largely secular lifestyle, working first in the textile trade and then operating a candy store on the Lower East Side with his wife, Sophie, until they retired in 1950. In 1956, after a revelation while visiting Machpela, Lieberman started to paint vivid and dynamic narratives drawn primarily from Jewish history, religion, lore, and literature, although some works express his views on contemporary issues. The artist wrote texts in Yiddish and attached them to the backs of his paintings.

Space is limited; registration required. To register or for more information, please contact 212. 265. 0605 or


Image: Two Dreamers, Harry Lieberman (1880–1983), Great Neck, New York, c. 1966, oil on canvas, 24 x 30″, American Folk Art Museum, gift of David L. Davies, 2008.4.15. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

4:00 pm–5:00 pm