Visual Biography Workshop: Create a Family Archive
Note: This is a 90-minute class running on Monday, 10/25/2021 @ 10am-11:30am PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
Bring your family history to life! Learn how to use texts and images to capture your biography and create a family archive.
In this workshop, award-winning graphic designer Daphne Geismar will present her fascinating process of discovering an archive of family treasures—letters, diaries, interviews, documents—that she cut up and sequenced to create Invisible Years, an intimate story in eight voices. In this book, family members tell about life during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, including years in hiding when children were separated from parents. Curator and museum educator Ronit Lusky will introduce museum practices of object-based learning.
Inspired by Daphne’s journey, you will learn how to listen to the voices, provide historical context, and create a compelling narrative of your own that bridges past and present.
When Daphne Geismar decided to publish her family’s experiences during the Holocaust, she summoned all of her skills to write, design, and produce Invisible Years. Geismar plans, designs, and produces books for clients such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and Yale University Press. Her designs have won numerous awards from the American Alliance of Museums, Association of American University Presses (AAUP), and Association of Art Museum Curators. For her MFA at Yale, Geismar’s thesis revealed new findings about Direction magazine—an anti-fascism periodical run by artists and writers at the outset of World War II. As an educator, Geismar developed a photography and writing program for teenage mothers and teaches book design at the University of Connecticut.
An experienced museum educator, Ronit Lusky specializes in inquiry and object-based learning and in bridging the past and present through educational experiences that have a profound impact. Ronit Lusky serves as museum education consultant to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and as co-director of the Museum’s Educators Institute. Before moving back to Israel, she served as the Museum’s senior manager of education and interpretation and developed its innovative curriculum, OpenBook: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects. In Israel, Ronit joined the education team at ANU – the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv and serves now as the curator of the Yizrael Valley Museum in northern Israel. She has presented nationally to multiple audiences including teachers, heads of schools, and community leaders.