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Date(s) - 03/07/2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Saturday, 20 March at 1:00 PM ET
Virtual Event via Zoom hosted by Pucker Gallery
Submit your essay to rose@puckergallery.com by Thursday, 18 March at 5PM to WIN a lithograph of Sam Bak’s Teapot with Hammer. Additional infomation below. Register for the event by clicking here.

In line with our latest reimagining of the Gallery, the event will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube page. Stay tuned for a virtual tour of the exhibition
Unstill Life.



Samuel Bak
Teapot with Hammer, 1973
Lithograph, signed “BAK” lower right, 5/120
16.5 x 13″ paper; 9.75 x 9.5″ image

Please join Pucker Gallery Artist Samuel Bak, Professor Mark Celinscak and Gallery Director Bernie Pucker for a conversation on Saturday, 20 March at 1:00 PM ET for this final event in a two-part series. During this event there will be a discussion of Samuel Bak’s most recent Unstill Life works in the context of our modern history.

This event will also feature an essay contest. With a maximum of 600 words, please select an image or two from the Unstill Life exhibition catalogue and write an essay that explores, interprets, and analyzes these works within the historical context of the last 100 years. The winning essayist will receive the above pictured lithograph by Sam Bak, Teapot with Hammer. Please send submissions to rose@puckergallery.com by 18 March at 5PM.

Bak’s exhibition Unstill Life will be on view at Pucker Gallery from 6 March through 18 April 2021.


Andrew Maske

Since 1959, Samuel Bak has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States, including retrospectives at Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, and the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town. Bak has lived and worked in Tel Aviv, Paris, Rome, New York, and Lausanne. In 1993, he settled in Massachusetts and became an American citizen.

Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and books; most notably a 400-page monograph entitled Between Worlds. In 2001, he published his touching memoir, Painted in Words, which has been translated into four languages. He has also been the subject of two documentary films and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize. Samuel Bak has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH; Seton Hill University in Greenburg, PA; Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA; and University of Nebraska Omaha in Omaha, NE.

In 2017, The Samuel Bak Museum opened in the city of the artist’s birth, on the first two floors of the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. In addition to fifty works already donated by the artist, the Museum will continue to accept works in the coming years and ultimately build a collection that spans the artist’s career. Also in 2017, Samuel Bak was nominated by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, and subsequently named by the city’s mayor, as an Honorary Citizen of Vilnius. In 2019 The Samuel Bak Gallery and Learning Center, In Loving Memory of Hope Silber Kaplan opened at the Holocaust Museum Houston to house more than 125 works donated by the artist; and The Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy and the Natan & Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies partnered with Pucker Gallery to create Witness: The Art of Samuel Bak, an exhibition of Samuel Bak’s works at University of Nebraska Omaha.

Dr. Celinscak is a historian of twentieth-century Britain and Europe, specializing in war, Holocaust and genocide studies. He is the author of Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp. This award-winning book explores how military personnel struggled with the intense experience of liberation, how they attempted to describe what they had seen, heard, and felt to those back home, and how their lives were ultimately transformed by the encounter. His follow-up book, Kingdom of Night: Witnesses to the Holocaust, is under contract with the University of Toronto Press and due to be published this summer.

Bernie Pucker

For the entire 54 years of Pucker Gallery’s life on Newbury Street, Director Bernie Pucker has worked with Samuel Bak. They have shared many remarkable exhibitions at the gallery and at museums around the world, including Jerusalem, Osnabruck, and Vilnius, and have established two Bak Museums in Vilnius and Houston. Presently, Pucker Gallery is working with Samuel Bak and the University of Nebraska at Omaha to fully realize a Bak Museum on the university’s campus. Since the gallery’s opening, Pucker Gallery has published 20 books about Sam Bak and his work.

To view the catalogue for the exhibition
Unstill Life, please visit our website.

Please visit www.puckergallery.com to view complete exhibition catalogues, shop artwork,
read artist biographies, and learn about our educational components.

Pucker Gallery is open during regular hours with limited access and by appointment. We strongly encourage you to set up an appointment to ensure your ability to visit our Gallery. To set up an appointment or to contact us with any inquiries, please reach out to us at contactus@puckergallery.com or 617. 267.9473.

The Gallery offers professional framing services through our local framing business, PSG Framing. For over 30 years, PSG Framing has produced custom, archival frames for galleries, museums, consultants, and corporations in Boston, New York City, and beyond.

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