Past Public Program
On the occasion of his first major survey exhibition, Ori Gersht: History Repeating at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (August 25, 2012 – January 6, 2013), Gersht and exhibition curator Al Miner discussed Gersht’s evolving body of work and the diverse threads of history woven throughout his oeuvre. Norman Kleeblatt, Chief Curator of The Jewish Museum, gave a special introduction.
In evocative and innovative films and photographs, Ori Gersht weds the past and the present. With the latest technology he takes a discerning look at multiple histories and the ways they are communicated: histories that have shaped his own identity and helped define the state of contemporary society. Gersht’s images, with sources ranging from 19th century still life painting to the Holocaust, reveal the links between history and memory, creation and destruction, and beauty and violence while exploring the passage of time.
Ori Gersht’s photograph Olive 10 (2004), from Ghost, a series of color photographs of centuries-old olive trees in the Galilee in Israel, was on view at The Jewish Museum from August 11 to October 7, 2012.