April 6 – May 18, 2014
In conjunction with Looking At After is A Creative Spark: The Art of Anna Ilona Gondos. Mrs. Gondos (1910 – 1985), her husband, Dr. Bela Gondos (1903 – 2003), and their only daughter, Dr. Judy Gondos Jacobs, survived the Holocaust after leaving their home in Budapest, Hungary on June 30, 1944. They were together at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany from July – December of 1944, where Mrs. Gondos engaged in art making with children in the camp with the only materials available: sticks and dirt. With these materials, she was able to spark the creative imaginations of these children and give them hope. The family came to America in 1946, and many years later, Mrs. Gondos reconnected with her artistic practice, creating paintings in oils and pastels, a selection of which will be featured in this exhibition.