On Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m., the Samuel C. Williams Library in collaboration with The College of Arts and Letters hosted an opening reception for The Holocaust in Metal and Stone, an exhibition of eleven sculptures by Dr. Milton Ohring, Professor Emeritus of Materials Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Dr. Milton Ohring in front of his exhibit.
As the artist stated, worldwide forgetfulness, distorted memories, and even denial of the Holocaust are the unfortunate but inevitable result of the decline in the numbers of witnesses to and survivors of the Genocide of six million Jews during the Second World War. Dr. Ohring created these sculptures to help viewers better remember and to never forget the unprecedented events of the Holocaust.
The exhibit opening reception was well-attended by students, faculty, and staff, and students were encouraged to make the most of this special opportunity to speak with the artist about his artwork.
Dr. Ohring graduated from the High School of Music and Art (now the LaGuardia School of the Arts) in New York City as an art major. He then studied science and engineering at Columbia University obtaining a doctorate in metallurgical engineering. This accomplishment was followed by a 36-year academic career as a Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. During his tenure at Stevens, he was thesis advisor to 17 Ph.D. students and also wrote four books about the materials science of thin films and the reliability of electronic materials and devices. After retiring in 2002, he returned to his first love, art. Capitalizing on an extensive knowledge of materials, their properties, and methods used to shape, form, and join them, he is self-taught in sculpture. More information about Dr. Ohring’s sculptures may be found on his website at ohringart.com
The exhibit is dedicated to the memories of two dear friends and colleagues: 1. Dr. Rolf Weil, Professor of Metallurgy who was a Holocaust survivor and left Nazi Germany just prior to the war; 2. Dr. Harold Dorn, Professor of Humanities who researched the history of the Holocaust for many years.
The exhibit will run through July 1 in Sam’s Place exhibit shelves on the first floor of the Library. For inquiries about the exhibit, please contact [email protected]