Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try
Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try
Boris Lurie: Nothing To Do But To Try is a first-of-its-kind exhibition on the 20th-century artist and Holocaust survivor Boris Lurie.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
October 22, 2021 to November 06, 2022
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Exhibition details

Centered around Boris Lurie's earliest work, the so-called War Series, as well as never-before-exhibited objects and ephemera from Lurie’s personal archive, the exhibition presents a portrait of an artist reckoning with devastating trauma, haunting memories, and an elusive, lifelong quest for freedom.

Artist details

Boris Lurie (1924–2008) was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1924, and grew up in a cosmopolitan Jewish family in Riga, Latvia. Six weeks after imprisoning the family in a ghetto, the Nazis and auxiliary Latvian officers massacred the artist’s grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend with approximately 25,000 other Jews in the Rumbula forest. Lurie and his father survived the rest of the war in a series of labor and concentration camps. In 1946, Lurie immigrated to New York


The Museum of Jewish Heritage
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New York, NY

Image: Boris Lurie, Liberation of Magdeburg, 1946 / courtesy of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation