ArtRage: The Norton Putter Gallery

505 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY

NORMAL: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable

February 22, 2014 12:00 pmtoMarch 29, 2014 4:00 pm
Vernacular Photographs From the Collection of Dan Lenchner
Curated by Nancy Keefe Rhodes.

Dan Lenchner’s collection of photos of Third Reich life makes the power of the “uncanny” visible.  They are both strange and somehow familiar, these snapshots:Nazi officers at family picnics, weddings and christenings, relaxing off-duty and courting their sweet-hearts, along with mischievous boys at Hitler Youth summer camps, smiling nurses, teen-age girls practicing their goose-step, nuns posing with former students in uniform. Here are the threads in the fabric of a nation given over to war, close to 70 years ago. Still we struggle with what to make of their deeds, which lie so outside the frame. Lenchner, a photographer himself, is acutely attuned to this quality about the truth of any image.  His book quotes Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem, that the “trouble with Eichmann was precisely that so many were like him…terribly and terrifyingly normal.”

Exhibition Sponsors: Sari & Doug Biklen, John & Dolores Brule,
Peter Cohen,Lynn Fallon, Phil & Marilyn Frankel, Robin Forman,
Barb Garii, Bob Gates & Deborah Welsh, Elaine Goldman, John Haritatos,
Anthony Malavenda & Martine Burat,
Jack Mannion & Stephanie Miner, Carole Resnick, George Savage,
Ellen Schwartz,Laurie Selleck, Vince Sgambati & Jack Stevens,
Ann Tiffany & Ed Kinane, Ron Van Norstrand,
Carmen Viviano-Crafts, Zaker/Sanders family
and those who contributed after we went to press.
Season Sponsors: Dik Cool, the Holtz Family Fund, Mary Kuhn,
Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead, Jeff Unaitis and Amy Zamkoff.
Sustaining Sponsor: Ruth Putter

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