“Flight: Mid-Century Masters Interpret the Escape for Survival,” an art exhibit that includes pieces by Marc Chagall and Joan Miró, is on display at the Tucson Jewish Community Center until Dec. 4. The exhibit is presented by the International Rescue Committee in Tucson, in partnership with the JCC.
The collection depicts 12 artists’ interpretations of the struggle of those who fled from their homes in search of freedom during the 20th century. The exhibit consists of eleven lithographs and one serigraph and includes the work of Eugene Berman, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Vieira da Silva, Adolph Gottlieb, Wifredo Lam, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Edouard Pignon, and Fritz Wotruba.
“Flight” was originally organized by Varian Fry, an IRC representative in France during World War II, who rescued over 2,000 writers, artists, intellectuals and other refugees who were being targeted by the Nazis. Among those Fry helped escape from France were Hannah Arendt, André Breton, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Wanda Landowska, Jacques Lipchitz, and Heinrich Mann. In the 1960s, to raise funds for the IRC’s work, Fry began to assemble a portfolio by established artists whose work would be based on the theme of flight.