Saturday, February 4, 2017

Esther’s Jewish quilts tell a startling, uncomfortable story

By Amy Waldman
“Prelude to The Final Solution” by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, 1992. There are traveling exhibits of both photographic works and the original fabric art. Milwaukee is to house the original fabric art, starting Feb. 17, 2016. The original fabric art exhibit next travels to metro Detroit. Courtesy of Art & Remembrance.
WISCONSIN---Prior to 1977, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz used words to tell the story of how she and her sister Mania survived Nazi-occupied Poland. At 50, Krinitz began working in a new medium – textiles. Between then and her death in 2001 at age 74, she created the 36 exquisitely detailed collages featured in “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz.” The exhibit opens Feb. 17 at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Molly Dubin, the museum’s curator, said this particular Holocaust-related exhibit is unusual for several reasons. [link]
In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to share her story of survival during the Holocaust with her daughters. Esther died at the age of 74 in March 2001, after a long illness.