Steven Ujifusa is a Philadelphia historian who chronicles the confluence of American business, social, and maritime history. His third book, The Last Ships from Hamburg: Business, Rivalry, and the Race to Save Russia's Jews on the Eve of World War I, tells the story of the 2.5 million Eastern European Jews who came to America between 1881 and 1914. This mass exodus was facilitated by three businessmen whose involvement in the Jewish-American narrative has been largely forgotten: Albert Ballin (managing director of the Hamburg-America Line), Jacob Schiff (investment banker and American Jewish philanthropist), and J.P. Morgan (New York financier, partner of the Drexel family, and mastermind of the International Mercantile Marine trust). It was released by HarperCollins in November 2023.
Mr. Ujifusa will speak at Woodmere on Thursday, February 29 at 6:00 pm. Books will be for sale.
Conversation with Artist Henry Bermudez, Gaby Heit, guest curator, and Jorge Luis Guttierrez, artistic director, CEO, Contemporary Art Lab
Saturday, March 2 | 1 pm
$10 (FREE for Woodmere Members)
Join us for a conversation with Henry Bermudez. Gaby Heit, guest curator of Henry Bermudez in Philadelphia and Jorge Luis Gutierrez, artistic director of Contemporary Art Lab, will have a discussion with Henry about his artistic journey from Venezuela to Philadelphia, his home since 2003.
Gaby Heit is an independent curator, art/photo director, graphic designer, gallery director, and creative consultant. She has represented artists from Philadelphia and New York, and has produced numerous exhibitions that blend fine art, science and design. She currently serves on the advisory board for the PAFA Fellowship, and steering committees for the 20/20 Photo Festival and Philly Stewards, and regularly consults with creatives on presentation, organization and self-promotion.
Jorge Luis Guttierrez is a visual arts manager, museologist, curator, and currently the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Art Lab, an arts incubator and think tank in Philadelphia. He has guided exhibitions engaging a range of curators, scholars, critics, and diverse audiences, and displayed a broad historical, cultural, and aesthetic breadth of arts from the Americas and abroad.