דאָס איז אַ דאָקומענטאַרער פֿילם וועגן דעם באַקאַנטן שרײַבער און מאָלער יאָני פֿײַן. שבֿע צוקער האָט דורכגעפֿירט דעם אינטערוויו מיט פֿײַנען וואָס רעדט וועגן זײַן לעבן אין ווילנע פֿאַר דער מלחמה, זײַן פּאָליטישן אַקטיוויזם ווי אַ בונדיסט אין וואַרשע, זײַנע יאָרן ווי אַ פּליט אין שאַנכײַ, זײַן באַקאַנטשאַפֿט מיטן גרויסן מאָלער דיעגאָ ריוועראַ אין מעקסיקע,און זײַן קאַריערע ווי אַ
We know of only a few artists who have been able to express with emotional intensity and sensitivity the tragedy they experienced. Yonia Fain is among these rare exceptions. Everything experienced by the artist in the days of suffering and flight which took him more than halfway around the world is contained in his paintings and drawings. From this very fact results their high aesthetic quality, along with their complete sincerity and spontaneity. His paintings have the swift force of their themes. And as life attacked and shook him, so he seems with his brush to attack the canvas. – Diego Rivera
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St., Manhattan
World Premiere of
Yonia Fain: With Pen and Paintbrush
Fain in his Brooklyn Studio, circa 1954
A film in the series
Worlds within a World:
Conversations with Yiddish Writers
directed by Josh Waletzky,
produced by the League for Yiddish
Yiddish with English subtitles; 75 minutes
In the film Yoni Fain, noted Yiddish writer and painter, discusses his life in Vilna before the war, his political activism as a Bundist in Warsaw, his years as a refugee in Shanghai, his relationship with Diego Rivera in Mexico, and his career as an art professor and writer in New York. This film is an unscripted interview between Sheva Zucker and Fain, enhanced by Fain’s artwork, photo stills and music.
See Fain’s fascinating bio below.
FREE ADMISSION, BUT RESERVATIONS