February 2, 2017
Normalizing Hatred: Nazi Germany Snapshots from Dan Lenchner

The City Reliquary
370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Tix: $10/$8 Reliquary members

Photographer Dan Lenchner will present a selection of snapshots that capture daily life of Nazis in the 1930s and ’40s. He has amassed over 500 images. His collection illustrates the political theorist Hannah Arendt’s concept of the “banality of evil:” The photos present disquietingly relatable, human experiences of those who supported or perpetrated one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, and they illustrate how propaganda can bend people toward unspeakable acts. With a guest performance TBA.

March 2016
Normal: Nazi Germany in Found Photographs
Opening Reception First Thursday, March 3 2016
March 4 – July 17, 2016
United-Legard Galleries

World War II saw the systematic, state-sponsored murder of over eleven million people, including Roma, homosexuals, the disabled, and more than six million Jews. The crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust were monstrous, but the men and women who conceived and carried out these atrocities were not born as monsters. Dan Lenchner, a New York-based photographer, has amassed an impressive collection of found photographs, snapshots of Germans in the 1930s and 40s. The subjects are mostly anonymous, unremarkable except that they wear the uniform and fly the flag of a government that has become synonymous with evil. This exhibition asks us to consider what human beings are capable of when the fundamental principles of right and wrong are overthrown in a concentrated, bureaucratic effort. What deeds are deemed acceptable when they are looked upon with favor by leaders and citizens alike? How were these perverted and sadistic acts perpetrated when “the many were neither perverted nor sadistic?” These photographs explore the lives of Germans who were, as Hannah Arendt writes, “terribly and terrifyingly normal.”

February 22, 2014 12:00 pm to March 29, 2014 4:00 pm
NORMAL: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable

Syracuse NY