Brooklyn-born Sendak, son of Jewish immigrant parents, lost many family members in the Holocaust. The menorahs he selected are minimalist and simple, that he described as “severe-looking” which evokes the Holocaust.
The menorahs come from various parts of the globe including Europe, the United States, and Israel. They were crafted from the 18th to 20th centuries.
The exhibit also includes original drawings from Sendak’s books and an audio conversation with curators.
“An Artist Remembers: Hanukkah Lamps Selected by Maurice Sendak” will run until January 29, 2012.
Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life