Art transcends politics: Feinstein in group show in Moscow’s Lumiere Brothers Gallery

An installation shot from the exhibition “Life is like a movie”, Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Moscow, June, 2023

When I first received a Google alert about Harold’s work being exhibited in part of a group show entitled “Life is like a movie” at Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow (formerly Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography), I searched the internet to find out more. Nothing came up. So I decided to contact the gallery.

Given the current tenions between the U.S. and Russia, and my own disdain for the war being perpetrated by Russia, I hold dear a bit of the correspondence we exchanged. Here are a few lines:

My email on June 11, 2023:

“It saddens me that the world of politics would like to keep all of us separate. And so I write this short note with the full belief that art transcends that.I recall with gratefulness the wonderful exhibition produced many years back for my late husband, Harold Feinstein.Thank you for that. I hope that you are all well and safe.I am writing about an exhibition, which recently came across my newsfeed…”

On June 14th I heard back:

“Dear Judith,

Thank you so much for your email and kind words. It was a great pleasure to hear from you! On behalf of the entire Lumiere Gallery team, I want to thank you for your support during this difficult time. We are sure that art is a healing power indeed and one of the few areas where dialogue is still possible.

She sent on a few photos of the exhibition. In addition to Harold’s work, the exhibition includes photographs from Elliot Erwitt, Shelia Metzer, Horst P.Horst, Steve Shapiro and William Klein in addition to a few Soviet era photographers. The theme is “the aesthetics of Art Deco”. It is hanging from June 9- September 3, 2023. See below for more details.