Auschwitz Exhibit; Kenneth Branagh; David Browne; and more | Arts in the City


♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪>>HI, I’M CAROL ANNE RIDDELL AND WELCOME TO “ARTS IN THE CITY.” WE ARE COMING TO YOU TODAY FROM BIRDLINK, AN EXHIBITION WITH A MISSION THAT EXPLORES OUR CONNECTION TO THE FEATHERED WORLD, BUT THEY ARE ALSO VIEWED AS PUBLIC ART AND REMINDERS OF OUR CONNECTION TO THE NATURAL WORLD. SUSAN EXPLAINS.>>I WAS ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE AND I WALKED BY A GARDEN, WHERE THE CHINESE POPULATION BRINGS CAGED BIRDS TO HANG AND SING ON THE WEEKENDS. AND AROUND THEM ARE FLYING THESE FREE BIRDS. AND I SAID, THAT IS IT, WE NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT DEALS WITH FREE BIRDS, WITH THE MIGRATING BIRDS AND RESIDENT BIRDS OF NEW YORK.>>THAT IS HOW THIS ARTIST GOT THE INSPIRATION FOR A PROJECT CALLED BIRDLINK, WHICH HAS TWO LOCATIONS, ONE ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE AND ONE IN EAST RIVER STATE PARK IN BROOKLYN.>>LIVING SCULPTURE IS ONE THAT WILL GROW AND CHANGE. THIS IS POPULATED BY LIVING PLANTS AND IT SUPPORTS LIVING CREATURES, SO IT IS ALL ABOUT DEALING WITH A BIODIVERSITY CHALLENGE. THIS IS A STRUCTURE THAT BRINGS HABITAT THAT SUPPORTS INSECTS, POLLINATORS AND BIRDS.>>THERE IS A CHANCE YOU COULD SEE A TROPICAL BIRD FROM MEXICO OR SOUTH AMERICA, ENTICED TO MAKE A LAYOVER AT THE LIVING SCULPTURE. IT IS NATURE, BUT IS IT ART?>>IT IS UNDERSTOOD AS ART, PUBLIC ART AND PEOPLE GET IT. THIS IS SCULPTURAL AND ARCHITECTURAL, AND IT USES AN UNCONVENTIONAL MEDIUM, BUT THERE IS A STRUCTURE HERE. THIS IS MODULAR, I CAN PLAY WITH DESIGNS ACCORDING TO DIFFERENT SITES. THE WHOLE IDEA OF ART THAT CONNECTS TO COMMUNITY, TO ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS, AND TO PUBLIC SPACE IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY CONTEMPORARY.>>AND GERCHICK’S MODERN MEDIUM OF CHOICE IS ONE WELL SUITED TO OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS.>>PEOPLE REALLY ARE FASCINATED BY BIRDS. AND THEY ARE SO INTERESTING THAT THEY ARE MIGRATING. AND THIS IS A CITY FULL OF MIGRANTS. PEOPLE CONNECT TO BIRDS AND IT IS FUNNY BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL GO, OK, IF I COME, WHAT BIRDS WILL I SEE? YOU MAY SEE ALL THESE BIRDS, BUT IT IS NOT A ZOO.>>BEHIND ME IS THE SECOND INSTALLATION. IT WILL REMAIN UP UNTIL LATE FALL. IT COULD BE THE START OF MANY BIRDLINKS TO COME.>>THE REAL HOPE IS TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS REPEATED ALONG A CORRIDOR. SO, SAY TRAFFIC TRIANGLES IN THE CITY, LIKE EVERY CERTAIN DISTANCE — TO HAVE THAT KIND OF A CONTINUITY AND REPETITION, THAT IS THE REAL HOPE.>>WHILE THIS BIRDLINK ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE WILL SOON BE TAKEN DOWN, THE ONE IN WILLIAMSBURG IS PERMANENT AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY SUBWAY OR BY FERRY. FOR “ARTS IN THE CITY,” I’M SUSAN JHUN. ♪>>IF WOODSTOCK WAS YOUR DREAM DATE OR YOU LOVE THE MUSIC OF THAT ERA, THIS IS FOR YOU. WE SAT DOWN WITH DAVID BROWNE, A SENIOR WRITER AT “ROLLING STONE,” TO TALK ABOUT HIS BOOK ON THE LEGENDARY BAND, CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG. ♪>>DAVID THANK YOU FOR COMING BY TODAY. YOUR BOOK IS “CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG, THE WILD DEFINITIVE SAGA OF ROCK’S GREATEST SUPERGROUP.” WHAT IS A SUPERGROUP?>>IT IS ALMOST AN ARCHAIC TERM THESE DAYS, BUT BACK IN THE ’60s AND ’70s, A SUPERGROUP WAS A ROCK BAND MADE UP OF MEMBERS WHO HAD MADE THEIR NAMES IN OTHER BANDS. CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG WERE ONE OF MANY OF THE TIME, BUT THE FIRST AND THE BIGGEST. IT WENT ALONG WITH THE TENOR OF THE TIMES, THE SORT OF FREE LOVE AND FREE SEX THING, AND ALSO LET’S DISMANTLE THE IDEA OF A GROUP AND HAVE A SITUATION WHERE YOU COULD MAKE MUSIC WITH ANYBODY. ♪>>YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT FOUR COMPLICATED GUYS FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, EVEN WITH DIFFERENT MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS, AND THEY WERE ALL CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES, EVEN IN THE BEGINNING. YOU THROW IN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS, DRUGS, AND AN AUDIENCE HANGING ON YOUR EVERY WORD, THAT YOU ARE NOW THOSE SPOKESPEOPLE OF THE GENERATION AND THEY LOOKED TO THESE GUYS FOR THE PRONOUNCEMENTS ON LIFE, LOVE AND POLITICS — YOU THROW THAT INTO THE MIX WITH FRAGILE EGOS AND THE LOOSE KNIT GROUP, YOU KNOW, IT MADE IT SORT OF DYSFUNCTIONAL FROM THE BEGINNING.>>THEY KIND OF COME TOGETHER AND THEY BREAK APART AND COME BACK TOGETHER, AND THIS HAPPENS REPEATEDLY.>>RIGHT, LIKE A LONG-RUNNING SOAP OPERA, THEY ARE REPEATING THIS CYCLE OVER 50 YEARS. THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT SO INTERESTING TO ME. WE ARE TALKING 50 YEARS OF CONVERGENCE, YOU KNOW, REUNION TOURS, THEN A BREAKUP. THEN THEY REPEAT THE CYCLE OVER AND OVER 50 YEARS. ♪>>ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE LEARNED THROUGHOUT MY CAREER AND WORK IS SOMETIMES, SOME OF THE BEST INFORMATION AND STORIES COME FROM THE OTHER PEOPLE, THE SECONDARY SOURCE PEOPLE, THE FORMER MANAGERS AND THE GIRLFRIENDS. THE STARS, I AM ALWAYS HAPPY TO TALK WITH THEM, BUT A LOT OF TIMES THEY HAVE THEIR SET STORIES.>>THEY ARE ON MESSAGE.>>TO SOME DEGREE. THEY KIND OF GO INTO AUTOPILOT AND THEY TELL CERTAIN THINGS. AND IT IS THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT REMEMBER MORE, IN SOME CASES, AND HAVE INFORMATION THAT HAS NOT BEEN HEARD BEFORE. A GOOD EXAMPLE WAS JUDY COLLINS, WHO I INTERVIEWED, WHO LIVES IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. STEPHEN STILLS HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH HER IN 1968 AND 1969, THEY BROKE UP AND HE WROTE ABOUT HER, OBVIOUSLY INCLUDING, “SWEET JUDY BLUE EYES.” THERE IS A LINE THAT SAYS, “WON’T YOU COME SEE ME THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS?”>>♪ WILL YOU COME SEE ME THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS ♪ ♪>>I WONDERED, WHAT WAS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THURSDAY AND SATURDAY? HEARD A RUMOR ABOUT IT, BUT I WAS NOT SURE — THOSE WERE THE DAYS OF THE THERAPY APPOINTMENTS? SHE SAID YES. SHE SAID STEPHEN DID NOT LIKE I WAS GOING TO THERAPY. THAT WAS HIS MESSAGE TO ME IN THE SONG, DO NOT GO TO THERAPY, HANG OUT WITH ME ON THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS.>>THAT IS SO INTERESTING. I KNOW IT HAS BEEN SAD THAT THE BAND WILL NEVER REUNITE. WHAT DO YOU THINK?>>YOU KNOW, IT HAS BEEN SAID MANY TIMES THEY WOULD NEVER REUNITE, AND THEY DO. CROSBY SAID TO ME, NEVER SAY NEVER. YOU NEVER KNOW. THEY DO SEEM AT THIS TIME TO BE THE MOST FRACTIOUS THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. ♪>>WE ALWAYS ASK WRITERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUIRKS OR HABITS THAT HELP YOU WRITE THINGS THAT YOU DO THAT ARE PARTICULAR TO YOUR WRITING STYLE?>>I WRITE ABOUT MUSIC, BUT I CANNOT LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN I WRITE. IT IS DISTRACTING. MAYBE INSTRUMENTAL, WHEN I PLAY MY JAZZ RECORDS, BUT I CANNOT WRITE WITH MUSIC WITH A VOICE. IT IS TOO DISTRACTING AND IT JUST PULLS ME AWAY FROM THAT. AND SOMETIMES I DO NOT PUT MUSIC ON AT ALL.>>DAVID, THANK YOU. IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU.>>PLEASURE MEETING YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. ♪>>NOW, TO A REMARKABLE PIANIST WHO WORKED HER WAY INTO THE HIP JAZZ PERFORMANCE SCENE, WHILE LEARNING ENGLISH AT THE SAME TIME. WE HAVE HER STORY. ♪>>WHEN I WAS AT QUEENS COLLEGE, I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT MYSELF BEING AT A JAZZ CLUB. I DIDN’T REALLY PICTURE MYSELF BEING ON STAGE, PLAYING WITH MUSICIANS THAT ARE AT A HIGH LEVEL.>>MIKI YAMANAKA HAS BEEN PLAYING PIANO SINCE AGE FIVE. SPEAKING LITTLE ENGLISH WHEN SHE ARRIVED SEVEN YEARS AGO, SHE QUICKLY ADAPTED TO THE QUIRKS AND RHYTHMS OF THE CITY, LANDING GIGS IN SOME OF THE COOLEST JAZZ CLUBS IN TOWN.>>IT USED TO BE A CHALLENGE, OF COURSE. I COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH. I DID NOT KNOW ANY TUNES, BUT THE WAY I LEARNED WAS FROM JAM SESSIONS, PEOPLE KICKED MY ASS AND I LEARNED HOW TO LISTEN AND LEARNED HOW TO LEARN THE TUNES. LEARNED HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE.>>FOR A JAZZ MUSICIAN FITTING IN WITH A TRIO ONE NIGHT, AND A QUARTET THE NEXT, REQUIRES FOCUS, DISCIPLINE AND A MEASURE OF DEXTERITY.>>IT COULD BE LIKE — SOMEDAY I PLAY DUO WITH A BASS PLAYER, THEN RIGHT AFTER THAT MAY BE IN THE SAME NIGHT, I COULD PLAY A BIG BAND GIG THAT IS COMPLETELY A DIFFERENT ROLE FOR ME AS A PIANIST. WHEN I DO A BIG BAND GIG, FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS LIKE I HAVE TO MAKE THE BAND FEEL GOOD. AND PLAY IT LIKE THE NICE LITTLE STUFF ON TOP OF EVERYBODY ELSE. I JUST HAVE TO GO WITH IT AND I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT I AM DOING.>>HER DEBUT, SELF-TITLED CD OFFERS INTRICATE, THOUGHTFUL, ORIGINAL TUNES MIXED WITH WELL-CHOSEN CLASSICS, INCLUDING HER RIFF ON A CUT FROM THELONIOUS MONK.>>I’M PROUD OF IT BECAUSE I WORKED VERY HARD ON IT. PICKING HIS TUNE IS LIKE, I WANT TO SHOW MY COLOR. SO WHEN I PLAY SOMETHING THAT IS WRITTEN BY SOMEBODY WHO IS VERY INFLUENTIAL IN THIS MUSIC, I WOULD LIKE TO AT LEAST RESPECT HOW THEY WROTE IT AND HOW THEY PLAYED IT. AND THEN AFTER THAT HOW I COOK IT IS UP TO ME. IT IS A VERY BIG CHALLENGE FOR ME. BUT IT IS ALSO FUN TO ADD MY OWN MUSICALITY.>>SHE DRAWS ON EXPERIENCE WHEN ADVISING ASPIRING MUSICIANS WHO SEEK TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON NEW YORK’S JAZZ SCENE.>>THERE ARE MANY JAZZ CLUBS IN THE CITY, SO I BASICALLY STARTED GOING OUT ALMOST EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT, JUST TRYING TO MEET NEW PEOPLE, COMMUNICATING WITH PEOPLE. AND PLAYING PIANO AS WELL. SO IF YOU PLAY JAZZ MUSIC, IT IS COMMUNITY MUSIC. YOU HAVE TO BE IN THE COMMUNITY. YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN COMMUNITY THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU BELONG TO. THEN FIND YOUR VOICE. SO IF YOU COMMIT TO IT, YOU HAVE GOT TO DO IT. YOU HAVE GOT TO SHOW UP ON TIME, DRESS NICE, AND BE READY TO PLAY WHATEVER COMES — EVERY GIG IS DIFFERENT AND THAT IS WHY IT IS REALLY FUN TO PLAY JAZZ. ♪>>IN TALKING PICTURES, NEIL TALKS WITH KENNETH BRANAGH, A LIFELONG SHAKESPEARE FAN AND PLAYS SHAKESPEARE HIMSELF IN HIS NEW MOVIE, “ALL IS TRUE.” IT IS AVAILABLE NOW FOR STREAMING. ♪>>NO MORE STORIES LEFT –>>I HAVE LIVED SO LONG IN IMAGINARY WORLDS, I HAVE LOST SIGHT OF WHAT IS REAL.>>IN HIS NEW MOVIE, KENNETH BRANAGH DIRECTS AND STARS AS WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE IN THE LAST YEARS OF HIS LIFE, WHEN HIS GLOBE THEATER BURNS TO THE GROUND, HE DECIDES TO STOP WRITING AND RETIRES, TRYING TO HEAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH HIS FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS WIFE, PLAYED BY JUDI DENCH.>>RETIREMENT HAS NOT BROUGHT THE PEACE WE HOPED FOR.>>I’VE INTERVIEWED YOU SO MANY TIMES, YOU HAVE PLAYED SO MANY SHAKESPEAREAN ROLES, NOW YOU ARE PLAYING SHAKESPEARE HIMSELF. IS THIS A DREAM COME TRUE?>>IT IS, BECAUSE PART OF MY CRUSADE AND PASSION HAS BEEN TO SHARE ENTHUSIASM ABOUT HOW HUMAN I THINK SHAKESPEARE IS AND HOW HE TALKS TO US. IT SEEMED LIKE THE ULTIMATE WAY IN DOING THAT WAS TO PRESENT HIM IN AS HUMAN, HUMANE AND HUMOROUS WAY AS POSSIBLE SO THIS FILM WAS THE FULFILLMENT OF THAT.>>WHAT IS IT LIKE PLAYING SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE PROSTHETICS?>>IT IS NICE TO HIDE AS AN ACTOR. YOU SIT DOWN AND CLOSE YOUR EYES AND A 90 MINUTES LATER THIS OTHER PERSON IS THERE. AND IT FEELS GREAT TO HIDE ME AND JUST TRY TO FIND THE INTERIOR LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. AND IN THAT SENSE YOU FEEL LIKE ALL YOU HAVE IS THE EYES. IT WAS THE EYES IN THE FAMOUS PORTRAIT IN THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY IN LONDON THAT REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. THEY ARE SO MISCHIEVOUS AND NAUGHTY AND REAL AND UN-POMPOUS. I WANTED TO TRY TO PRESENT THE IMAGE OF THE WORLD THINKS THEY HAVE OF HIM AND KNOW ABOUT HIM IS THIS BULLHEADED, LONG-HAIRED, LARGE NOSED MAN, BUT INSTEAD FIND SOMEBODY AS COMPLEX AS ALL THE REST OF US ORDINARY HUMAN BEINGS.>>AT WHAT POINT IN YOUR LIFE DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH SHAKESPEARE? WAS THERE A SPECIFIC PLAY THAT BLEW YOU AWAY?>>IT WAS REALLY A THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. ROMEO AND JULIET WAS PLAYING IN THE THEATER. IT WAS A MATINEE. AND IT BEGAN WITH A SWORD FIGHT AND SPARKS FLEW OFF THE METAL OF THE SWORDS, AND THEN A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN CAME ON AS JULIET AND THEN THERE WAS MORE VIOLENCE, AND MORE SUPPRESSED SEX AND IT WAS PRETTY RIVETING. I WAS IN A CROWD OF 1000 13-YEAR-OLDS AND IT WAS LIKE A RIOT, SO IT WAS JUST LIKE A ROCK CONCERT. IT WAS THAT PLAY THAT WENT STRAIGHT TO THE CRAZED HORMONES OF ALL OF US AND IT WAS A LIFE CHANGER FOR ME.>>MY NAME IS HERCULE POIROT AND I AM PROBABLY THE GREATEST DETECTIVE IN THE WORLD.>>YOU ARE PLAYING THE AGATHA CHRISTIE CHARACTER POIROT. TELL ME ABOUT THAT AND WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?>>WE SHOOT IT IN THE AUTUMN, “DEATH ON THE NILE.” VERY SEXY, DISTURBING, IT IS AN UNSETTLING KIND OF BOOK WHICH ONCE AGAIN MICHAEL GREEN HAS WRITTEN A SCREENPLAY FOR. HE WROTE “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.” THEY HAVE GIVEN HIM LICENSE TO ADD SOME CHARACTERS AND CHANGE SOME PLOT, SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN SURPRISE PEOPLE. OTHERWISE, MY MAIN INTEREST IS IN SEEING MY FOOTBALL CLUB QUALIFY FOR EUROPEAN FOOTBALL NEXT YEAR.>>MR. SHAKESPEARE. I DO NOT WANT TO PESTER YOU.>>GOOD, EXCELLENT NEWS. CHEERIO.>>I WILL SAY CHEERIO TOO. ♪>>A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ASPIRING YOUNG ARTISTS, TEENAGERS WHO MADE ALL THE WAY TO THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.>>I THINK THAT I SCREAMED FOR ABOUT THREE MINUTES STRAIGHT.>>THAT IS 16-YEAR-OLD ALONDRA URIBE, DESCRIBING HOW SHE FELT WHEN SHE FOUND OUT SHE WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE NATIONAL STUDENT POET AWARD OF 2019, COUNTRY’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS YOUTH POETRY HONOR.>>PRAISE THIS MORNING HOW MY FEET HIT THE GROUND WITH THE SENSE OF PURPOSE. HOW THE WIND HUGGED ME, KISSED ME ON THE CHEEK –>>HER WINNING PIECE IS A POEM ABOUT WHAT SHE SAYS IS THE ONLY PLACE SHE HAS KNOWN INTIMATELY AND CALLS IT AN ODE TO THE BRONX.>>THE BRONX IS FILLED WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE AND CULTURES, THAT IT WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO CAPTURE IT IN ONE SINGLE GO, SO I DECIDED TO ADD A BUNCH OF ELEMENTS OF MYSELF AND MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY, THEIR CHARACTER TRAITS.>>THE GREATEST GIFT IS TO HAVE HER WORK, AND THAT OF OTHER WINNERS, EXHIBITED IN ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT, ARTISTIC VENUES IN THE WORLD.>>THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART IS DEDICATED TO THE ARTWORK OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN EXHIBIT ANY WORK THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE. THEY ARE VERY TALENTED AND ARTISTIC, AND IT IS GREAT TO SHOWCASE THE TALENTS OF NEW YORKERS, AND THEIR CREATIVITY.>>DARCY-TELL MORALES IS THE ASSOCIATE MUSEUM EDUCATOR FOR TEEN PROGRAMS AND HAS A PRETTY GOOD EYE FOR TALENT WHEN SHE SEES IT.>>THE CURRENT CROP OF PEOPLE ARE AMAZING. I’M PRETTY SURE MANY OF THEM WILL BE IN MAJOR MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES IN THE FUTURE.>>THE SCHOLASTIC ART AND WRITING AWARDS BEGAN IN 1923. PAST RECIPIENTS INCLUDE ANDY WARHOL, DOCUMENTARIAN KEN BURNS, AND YOLANDA WISHER.>>THAT IS PRETTY SURREAL, TO BE HONEST. NOT SOMETHING YOU EXPECT WITHIN TWO YEARS OF AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY, BUT IT IS NOT AMATEUR ANYMORE ONCE YOU ARE AT THE MET.>>CHRISTIAN RESTREPO GOES TO HIGH SCHOOL IN QUEENS. HE STUDIES COMPUTER REPAIR. BUT IT IS HIS PASSION FOR FILM THAT DREW HIS EYE TO THE CAMERA LENS. HIS WINNING SHOT REFLECTED A TYPICAL DAY.>>MY PICTURE IS A MULTIPLE EXPOSURE OF ONE OF MY NORMAL DAYS AT THE PARK, ONE OF MY MORE CALMER DAYS. I WAS TAKING MULTIPLE EXPOSURES AND A SONG CAME TO ME THAT MADE ME FEEL ENERGETIC, SO I TRIED TO CAPTURE WHAT I FELT IN THAT MOMENT ON THAT REALLY COLD FALL DAY.>>IN THE ART AND THE WRITING, THERE ARE ABOUT 600 PIECES OF WORK BEING EXHIBITED FROM NEW YORK CITY’S MOST TALENTED TEENAGERS.>>WHAT IMPRESSED HER MOST ABOUT THE CURRENT CLASS OF CANDIDATES AND WINNERS?>>I REALLY LOVE TO SEE WHEN STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS THAT DID NOT PARTICIPATE SUBMIT WORK TO THE PROGRAM, BECAUSE IT IS EVIDENCE THAT MORE AND MORE STUDENTS ACROSS THE CITY ARE GAINING AWARENESS ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE PROVIDE, SO THAT IS EXCITING FOR ME TO SEE SO MANY NAMES OF NEW SCHOOLS BEING RECOGNIZED.>>WITH THOUSANDS OF SUBMISSIONS, THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR MORE.>>WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE CREATIVE TEENS IN EVERY POCKET OF THIS COUNTRY AND SO IF YOU ARE WRITING, IF YOU ARE CREATING, BE BOLD AND COURAGEOUS, SUBMIT YOUR WORK. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT KIND OF SUCCESS YOU CAN EXPERIENCE IF YOU DO NOT TAKE A LEAP.>>THE 2020 SCHOLASTIC AWARDS WILL OPEN FOR SUBMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 12. IF YOU WANT TO ENTER, GO TO ARTANDWRITING.ORG. THIS IS FOR “ARTS IN THE CITY.” ♪>>FINALLY TODAY, AN EXHIBIT AT THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE THAT LEAVES US ALL WITH SO MUCH TO REMEMBER AND CONTEMPLATE. IT IS CALLED “AUSCHWITZ: NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY.” ARI GOLDBERG WALKS US THROUGH THIS HEARTBREAKING LOOK AT THE NATURE OF HATRED AND EVIL. ♪>>90% OF THE ARTIFACTS THAT ARE IN THE EXHIBITION ARE DISPLAYED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME IN HISTORY. WE HAVE MORE THAN 20 DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD, ALL ACROSS MUSEUMS IN WASHINGTON TO THE ANNE FRANK MUSEUM, PRIVATE COLLECTORS LOANING ARTIFACTS FOR US TO EXPLAIN THE WHOLE STORY OF AUSCHWITZ.>>LUIS WAS ALREADY AN ACCOMPLISHED EXHIBITION PRODUCER, BUT HIS INTEREST IN TELLING THE STORY OF AUSCHWITZ BEGAN NOT OUT OF FAMILY CONNECTION TO JEWISH HISTORY OR THE HOLOCAUST, BUT IN COPING WITH A SUDDEN LOSS OF HIS BROTHER. HE FOUND SOLACE IN A BOOK CALLED “MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING.” HIS INTEREST IN THE TOPIC WAS PEAKED. 10 YEARS LATER, THE INTEREST HAS LED TO THE CREATION OF THE FIRST TRAVELING EXHIBIT OF ITS KIND, SPECIFICALLY TELLING THE STORY OF AUSCHWITZ. ITS FIRST STOP, SPAIN, HIS HOME. NOW, NEW YORK.>>IT TOUCHED ME SO PROFOUNDLY, THE WAY HE EXPRESSED THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING DEPORTED TO A CAMP AND A SURVIVING, THAT I GUESS IF I HAD BEEN A WRITER OR A FILMMAKER I WOULD’VE TRIED TO DO A BOOK OR A FILM, BUT IT HAPPENED THAT WHAT WE WERE DOING WAS EXHIBITIONS. THESE ARE WITNESSES, THESE ARE TESTIMONIES. UNFORTUNATELY, IN TIMES WHEN SURVIVORS ARE DISAPPEARING, THESE ARTIFACTS HAVE A VERY SPECIAL VOICE AND THEY ESTABLISH A CONVERSATION WITH EACH VISITOR. THEY HAVE ECHOES OF HISTORY. AND IN THAT SENSE I THINK THAT EACH VISITOR ESTABLISHES A PERSONAL CONVERSATION WITH EACH ONE OF THESE ARTIFACTS.>>TO ESTABLISH THAT PERSONAL CONVERSATION, HE ENLISTED THE HELP OF AUSCHWITZ SCHOLAR, ROBERT JAN VAN PELT TO CURATE THE EXHIBIT, AND TO EXPLORE WHY AUSCHWITZ HAS BECOME SO EMBLEMATIC OF THE HOLOCAUST.>>WHERE YOU HAVE NO EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY, WHEN YOU HAVE NO ARCHIVAL MATERIAL, AND WHEN YOU HAVE NO SITE WITH ORIGINAL ARTIFACTS, SO IT DOES NOT SPEAK TO THE IMAGINATION. BUT WITH AUSCHWITZ YOU HAVE A LARGE OPERATION, 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE BROUGHT THERE. IT IS THE ONLY CAMP WHERE WE HAVE AN INDUSTRIALIZED FACTORY OF DEATH. AND THEN WE HAVE SURVIVORS, 200,000 PEOPLE LEFT ALIVE. DID NOT MEAN THEY SURVIVED THE WAR. THEY LEFT FOR OTHER CAMPS AND STUFF, BUT BASICALLY THERE IS EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY. AND THE SITE ITSELF WAS PRESERVED. SO WHEN YOU GET ALL OF THAT TOGETHER, THEN IT IS CLEAR THAT NO OTHER CAMP WOULD BE ABLE TO COMPETE IN TERMS OF A LEGACY WITH AUSCHWITZ.>>THIS EXHIBITION PLACES MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. AND THOUGH IT IS SOMETIMES VERY EASY TO MAKE PEOPLE CRY WITH THIS TOPIC, THAT IS NOT WHAT WE WANT. WE WANT PEOPLE TO REFLECT, TO THINK, SOMETHING MUCH MORE DIFFICULT, BUT SOMETHING MORE PROFOUND AND IMPORTANT.>>THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE ALTERED ITS FLOORPLAN TO ACCOMMODATE THE THREE FLOORS OF THE EXHIBIT. THE LEGACY TOLD HERE IS NOT JUST PRESENTED AS A COLLECTION OF ARTIFACTS TO MAKE PEOPLE CRY, BUT AS A NARRATIVE JOURNEY.>>IT PUTS YOU FOR A MOMENT IN THE SHOES AND BOOTS OF THE RUSSIAN SOLDIER WHO STUMBLES UPON A REALITY, AND THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND IT. THE IDEA IS YOU’VE ARRIVED AT A STRANGE PLACE AND YOU TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT. THIS IS A TERRIBLE PLACE, BUT NOW HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT OF BASICALLY PEELING THAT ONION? IT WAS AN ORDINARY TOWN. THIS WAS NOT A TOWN MEANT TO BECOME HELL ON EARTH. THIS IS A TOWN THAT WAS LIKE ANY OTHER TOWN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. BUT THEN THINGS START TO IN SOME WAY CONSPIRE TO MAKE THIS TOWN DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER TOWNS.>>THE MASSIVE COLLECTION TELLS A TALE FROM THE PRE-WAR POLISH TOWN, TO THE RISE OF FASCISM, TO THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE TARGETED IN THE HOLOCAUST. NOT ONLY THE JEWS, BUT POLISH CHRISTIANS, SLAVIC AND ROMANIC PEOPLE, RUSSIAN POWs, HOMOSEXUALS, THE DISABLED, AFRO GERMANS, JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, POLITICAL DISSIDENTS, AND PERHAPS MOST HAUNTINGLY, THE ARTIFACTS AND INSTRUMENTS FROM THE CAMP ITSELF. IT IS A DIFFICULT JOURNEY, BUT A COMPELLING ONE TO WORK THROUGH.>>AUSCHWITZ DID NOT START WITH THE GAS CHAMBERS. IT STARTED WITH HATRED AND WITH WORDS, WITH ESTABLISHING THE OTHER VERSUS US. SO THE TITLE OF THE EXHIBITION WAS SPECIFICALLY CHOSEN BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT TIMES WE ARE LIVING IN, NOT LONG AGO, NOT FAR AWAY. NOWADAYS, UNFORTUNATELY, WE SEE IDEOLOGIES OF HATRED THAT WE THOUGHT WERE GONE. AND IT IS ACTUALLY VERY IMPORTANT TO SEE THIS EXHIBITION NOWADAYS AND UNDERSTAND WHAT DOES THIS EVENT, THIS GENOCIDE, MEAN FOR US TODAY.>>FROM THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE IN MANHATTAN, AN EXHIBIT OF ARTIFACTS, BUT ALSO AN EXHIBIT OF LESSONS, LESSONS AS RELEVANT TODAY AS THEY EVER WERE.>>”AUSCHWITZ: NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY” RUNS THROUGH JANUARY 3 BEFORE IT GOES TO OTHER CITIES AROUND THE WORLD. ♪>>THAT IS OUR SHOW FOR TODAY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON ALL THE STORIES FEATURED ON OUR WEBSITE. AND REMEMBER WE ARE ONLINE WHENEVER YOU NEED YOUR NEW YORK CITY ARTS AND CULTURE FIX. SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON “ARTS IN THE CITY.” ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

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