Rifka Angel in the Context of Her Times

Seminar on Russian and Eurasian Jewry
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An American modernist artist, Rifka Angel (1899-1988) was born into a Jewish family in the Russian Empire and immigrated to the United States at the age of 13. Angel studied art in New York and Moscow in the 1920s. In the 1930s, she participated in numerous prestigious exhibitions in Chicago and New York. Angel’s work was praised by her contemporaries, including John Sloan, David Burliuk, and Sherwood Anderson. Despite Angel’s artistic success in the interwar years, her name was practically forgotten in the second half of the 20th century. At the present time, her contribution to modern art in America is just beginning to be explored and understood. This talk aims to clarify Angel’s position in American art and contribute to a greater understanding of her oeuvre.

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Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. The Project on Russian and Eurasian Jewry has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.


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