Another View from Behind the Wall

Photo by Ute Mahler. Source: The New Yorker

Photo by Ute Mahler. Source: The New Yorker

Ute Mahler, a young East German photographer in the 1970s, photographed everyday life in the city of Lehnitz, where she lived during the Soviet era.  Her photographs are fascinating in their own right, and also in comparison to the photographs of Brinkmann and Page currently on view in Fenwick Gallery.

See a selection of Mahler’s work  in The New Yorker article from October 29th, 2014. As written by Thea Traff, a photo editor at The New Yorker:

“Most East German photography at the time, Mahler recalled, was ‘sugar-coated’ propaganda. Mahler, along with a few others, set out to photograph the less promising realities of life in East Germany.

Mahler photographed acquaintances and strangers alike, aware that her work might never reach a larger audience, and that she risked being chastised by the government.”

Campus Events: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

George Mason Campus Weeks
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibits

Fenwick Gallery, first floor, Fenwick Library: Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90, by photographers Page Chichester & Helmut Brinkmann, October 15-December 15.

Special Collections, 2nd FloorPosters from the former German Democratic Republic 

Opening Reception in Fenwick Library Art Gallery, 3:00-4:30 pm, Thursday, October 16th.

Film Series
(all films in Aquia 346)

September 25 5:45-8:45 pm: The Tunnel

October 30, 5:45-8:45 pm, The Lives of Others

November 20, 5:45-8:45 pm, Good-Bye Lenin

Lectures

“The Berlin Wall and Memory,” October 15, 4:30-5:45 pm, Johnson Center
Room D, by Hope Harrison, Professor at the Elliot School, George Washington University and acclaimed author of Driving the Soviets up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961 (Princeton University Press, 2003).

 “German Art from World War I to the Berlin Wall,” November 6, 7:20-8:45 pm, Johnson Center Room G, by Eckhart Gillen, Berlin, Renowned art historian and co-curator of Art of the Two Germanys: Cold War Cultures, 1949-1990, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009 and many monographs on contemporary German art.

“The Greatest Show on Earth: Kennedy in Berlin,” November 19, 3:00-4:30 pm, Johnson Center Room G by Andreas Daum, Professor of History, State University of New York, Buffalo and noted author of Kennedy in Berlin, (Cambridge University Press & the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, 2008).

 Lectures co-sponsored by the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society

Receptions to follow the lectures.      

Gala Student Concert

“An Evening of Beethoven!” Sunday, December 7, Center for the Arts, 7:00 pm, George Mason University Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Dennis Layendecker, Heritage Professor and Director, School of Music.

The concert will be followed by a reception and giveaways of Berlin Wall-themed items for students!

Campus Weeks events are generously supported by the German Information Office of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington DC

 

There’s more to this story…

Did you know that only about half of the photographs in the Behind the Wall collection are displayed in our current exhibit? We selected and installed twenty-two photographs by Helmut Brinkmann and Page Chichester, taken during their travel to East Germany in 1989/90. But Fenwick Library actually has fifty-three photographs in the collection. We just couldn’t fit everything! You can browse the entire collection online.

Nothing beats seeing the work in person, so we hope that you will visit us in Fenwick Library (1st floor, Wing A) to see the exhibit. If you can’t make it, check out this gallery featuring the images selected for display: