What We Do

The Anne Frank Center USA

 
The Anne Frank Center USA  

Gallery and Temporary Exhibits

At our new gallery space on Park Place in Tribeca – opened in 2012 – visitors see Anne Frank as never before: in sandboxes, enjoying ice cream, passing a hoola hoop back and forth. Through family photographs and a detailed time line, our permanent exhibit, Anne Frank and Us reminds visitors that Anne was not always a girl trapped by war, but a free and happy child. And yet the war cannot be avoided. Interwoven into the young girl’s time line is, sadly, a darker one, one featuring the rise of the Nazi party, the brutal treatment of the Jewish population, and the Frank family’s tragic arrest.

In 2014, we welcomed over 3600 people to the gallery. Through our permanent exhibit, interactive displays, and other artifacts from the Holocaust, they learned about the collision of these two worlds and its aftermath, giving them invaluable insight into not only what it meant to live in hiding and to risk your lives for others, but into the mind of a brave and brilliant girl who choose to defy the chaos of her world with pen and paper.

In the gallery we also host temporary exhibits of art work responding to our mission of advancing tolerance and social justice. Accompanied by a series of workshops and artist lectures, our 2014 exhibits featured a broad range of art exploring themes of remembrance and loss, and issues as diverse as hate speech and stereotyping. In January our exhibit, Faith and Form, in partnership with the Jewish Art Salon, featured Jewish artists from the USA, Israel and Europe, and consisted of multi-media works that evoked what it means to resist, to recollect, and to create. This was followed in the spring by a powerful calligraphic homage by artist Eleanor Winters to the 6000 Parisian children who were deported during World War II, the vast majority of whom never returned. We rounded our season off with two more exhibits – one by Yale Strom exploring Jewish life in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and another by Robin Atlas, who dissected the concept of Lashon Hara – or “hate speech” – through an intricate exhibition of mixed media. You can learn more about these and forthcoming exhibits by visiting our website: www.annefrank.com/temporaryexhibit

The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday. 10am – 5pm.
Suggested ages: 8 and up.

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