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Gallery Talk: Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka

A group of women and children are depicted standing together and are outlined by vibrant pink colors.
Wolf Vostell, German, Treblinka, 1967. Screenprint on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of The Wolf Vostell Estate, 2022.293. © The Wolf Vostell Estate.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

Join curatorial fellow Peter Murphy for a closer look at Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka (1967), a screenprint on paper that examines the circulation of photographs from Nazi death camps in film, television, and books. By adding vibrant colors to a historical image of women and children moments before their murder, Vostell challenges viewers to consider what it means when images of horrific tragedy become a form of popular media.

This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Wolf Vostell: Dé-coll/age Is Your Life (January 20–May 5, 2024).

Led by:
Peter Murphy, Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people and registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning at 10am the day of the talk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

Support for Wolf Vostell: Dé-coll/age Is Your Life is provided by the Ernst A. Teves Memorial Fund and the Care of the Busch-Reisinger Museum Collection Endowment. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund. In addition, modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.