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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For a listing of workshops on various topics for students, faculty, and staff, see http://wulibraries.doattend.com. Questions? Contact Joy Lowery, director of communications and special events, at 314-935-5418.
Exhibition - Enjoyment in Libraries with the Candid Pencil of David Friedman
On display Wednesday, April 9, through the end of July
Olin Library's Ginkgo Reading Room and Grand Staircase Lobby (Level 1)

The Modern Graphic History Library (MGHL) presents Enjoyment in Libraries with the Candid Pencil of David Friedman, an exhibition of portrait sketches by the Austrian-born painter, portraitist, and graphic artist. A survivor of the Holocaust, Friedman (1893-1980) spent his life recording the world around him. After settling in St. Louis in 1956, and retirement in 1962, he began to work on a series of art that recreated what he had witnessed and experienced in the ghetto and concentration camps. His trips to the library offered relief from the anguish of his memories. In the years 1962 to 1967, he sketched more than 100 portraits in seven different libraries throughout St. Louis. Discreetly he sketched with his pad under the table or from behind a bookcase, the subjects unaware that they were being portrayed. Sixty-some of those are on display, drawn from the MGHL’s David Friedman Collection. The portrait series was a gift by Miriam Friedman Morris to Washington University in St. Louis, in memory of David and Hildegard Friedman. Explore the digital companion to the exhibition here. For more information, contact Skye Lacerte.