Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

August 17–December 2, 2018
Esther Nisenthal Krinitz was 12 in 1939 when the Nazis came to her Polish village. She remembers every detail through a series of exquisitely embroidered fabric collages. Her art is an eyewitness account of tragedy and healing.
A Stitch in Time | Democrat and Chronicle


WXXI Broadcasts
Through the Eye of the Needle-The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Saturday, August 11th at 10 pm on WXXI-World (DT 21.2 / Cable 1275)
Sunday, August 12th at 1 pm on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1 / Cable 11 & 1221)
Sunday, August 12th at 6:30 pm on WXXI-World (DT 21.2 / Cable 1275)

The Art and Story of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz: Her Daughters Remember
Included in museum admission
Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm
| MAG Auditorium

Professional Development for teachers
Art and Remembrance: Picturing Our Stories
Wednesday, October 3, 4:30-7 pm | Pre-registration required

Jewish Heritage Celebration Series
Sunday, November 11, 2018 | noon to 5 pm


Listen in to the Rochester Jewish Film Festival interview on Connections with WXXI’s Evan Dawson. The film opening shorts program featured Through the Eye of the Needle, 2011, featuring the work of and interviews with Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

Shown: Passover Matzos, 1998, (detail)
Embroidery and fabric collage.

Underwritten by the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, with additional support from Joan Feinbloom, the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, Mona Friedman Kolko and Mark Kolko, Hillel Community Day School, Hillel at the University of Rochester, the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, Jewish Senior Life, the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Pamela Miller Ness and Paul Marc Ness, and an anonymous donor in honor of Hillel at the University of Rochester.

Funding was also provided by the Ames Amzalak Memorial Trust, Rina & Danny Chessin and family, Daphne Futerman & Ira Jevotovsky and family, Peggy & Eli Futerman and family, Rubens Family Foundation, Marty and Vanessa Friedman, Tracie and Abe Glazer, Jill Friedman Rosen and Brian Rosen, Simon & Josephine Braitman Family Supporting Foundation, Essie Germanow, Robin and Michael Weintraub, Gradinger Family Fund, the Families of Laurence and Karen Kessler and Dennis Kessler and Andrea Miller, Dr. Ronald and Trudie Kirshner, Bud and Joan Rusitzky, Marcia Stern, Walsh Duffield, John and Jane August, Marianne & Herb Friedman, Jed Kolko and Eric Rice, and Danielle Kolko Henshaw and Larry Henshaw.