Lecture | February 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
Elizabeth Rynecki is the great-granddaughter of the late Polish-Jewish artist, Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943), who perished in the Holocaust. Her memoir, Chasing Portraits: A Great-Granddaughters Quest for Her Lost Art Legacy, was published in 2016 and immediately reviewed in the New York Times. For many years after his death, Moshe Ryneckis family believed that most of his oeuvrecirca eight hundred paintings and sculptures depicting the lives of the Polish-Jewish communityhad been lost. After her grandfather (Moshes son) passed away, Elizabeth made it her mission to revive her great-grandfathers legacy and to track and reconstitute many of his lost works around the world. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the few public collections in the world to include a painting by Moshe Rynecki, Wedding (The Gift of Bread), 1919, donated by George Rynecki in 1984.
Elizabeth Rynecki holds a BA in Rhetoric from Bates College and a masters degree in Rhetoric and Speech Communications from UC Davis. She is currently working on a documentary based on her memoir. Her website is chasingportraits.org.