Combination of Fact and Fiction Yields Media
Interest in Mills Professor’s Exhibition
One of Moira Roth’s inspirations, Alice Herz-Sommer, pictured in Prague in 1924. An interview with Sommer, now age 109 and the oldest known Holocaust survivor, is presented in a one-hour film during the Roth's exhibition.
Oakland, CA–February 22, 2013 Called “compelling” and “fascinating” in its blend of fictional narratives and factual visual elements, Mills College Art History Professor Moira Roth’s multimedia exhibition, Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker, has been reviewed in both Jewish Weekly and Berkeleyside.
The exhibition brings Roth’s fictional character—Rachel Marker—to life through inspiration of two real-life Jewish women, one Czech and one English, in the first half of the 20th century. On view through June 28, 2013, at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley, Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker includes unsent letters to Franz Kafka and a writing table where visitors can leave notes reflecting on the exhibition.
Moira Roth’s passport photo, circa 1970
Roth, who holds the Mills College Trefethen Endowed Chair in Art History, is a feminist art historian and critic who writes and lectures extensively on contemporary art. Much of Roth’s inspiration for Through the Eyes of Rachel Marker came from people she encountered while growing up in England the daughter of a woman who aided European Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis during World War II.