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April 13, 2022 @ 6:30 pm

In-Person | After: An Evening with Mindy Weisel and Katie Kempner


April 13, 2022
6:30 pm


Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134 US
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Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…

An Evening with Mindy Weisel

in conversation with

Katie Kempner


After: The Obligation of Beauty

(Whitefox Publishing $23.99)

Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 PM ET


About the Book:

This compelling and candid memoir by Mindy Weisel, an internationally acclaimed artist and author, traces her search for beauty in her life, which began as a child born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Person’s Camp to parents who had survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. This is not her parents’ story, rather, it is a courageous and honest portrait of her struggle to understand the black hole she was born into. Her successful journey in becoming an artist with her own voice, and an unshakable will to live with beauty, is most inspiring. By weaving an eloquent tapestry of her art, narrative, poetry and journals, Ms. Weisel offers moving insights into her life and work, especially her deep-seated conviction that beauty and love can overcome tragedy.

AFTER: The Obligation of Beauty immerses the reader in Mindy’s astonishing body of paintings that explore the subtleties of color as a means in expressing emotion. The second generation, as her generation of survivors’ children are referred to, were faced not only with the tragedy their parents had endured but also with their own feelings of guilt and despair. The process of creating art not only became an antidote to the pain and suffering she witnessed and felt, but it also became an obligation for finding joy and love in the face of pain.

Each chapter of AFTER is accompanied by paintings relating to different periods of Mindy Weisel’s life – a life filled with accomplishment, meaning, love and fulfillment, personally and professionally.

About the Author:

Mindy Weisel, an internationally renowned artist, author and speaker, was elected into the Smithsonian Archives of American Artists in 2000. Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of American Art, Oxford University, and the Israel Museum, among many other public and private collections. Weisel is the author of DAUGHTERS Of ABSENCE: Transforming a Legacy of Loss; and TOUCHING QUIET: Reflections in Solitude. She is also a member of the United States Art In Embassies Program; and the Jerusalem Biennial.

Weisel, the mother of three, resided in Washington, D.C. for over forty years, where she was an Associate Professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design (1996-2005). She received her BFA at George Washington University and did her post graduate work at American University, Washington, D.C.

Weisel’s extensive interviews and TV appearances are documented on her website www.mindyweisel.com. Among them, CNN, Bloomberg, Jewish Women’s Archives.

Currently, Mindy Weisel resides in Jerusalem Israel, with her husband.

About the Moderator:

Katie Kempner is an interviewer and frequent moderator focused on issues surrounding women. Throughout her career, she has interviewed hundreds of incredible women including Arianna Huffington; First Lady of California, Jennifer Siebel Newsom; CEO of The New York Times, Meredith Kopit Levien; writer and Pulitzer prize winner, Joann Lublin; chef and restaurateur, Asma Khan; fitness guru, Ashanti J; Rachael Ray; Christie Brinkley; athlete and entrepreneur, Gabby Reese; Martha Stewart and Joan Jett. Her long running podcast “Perspectives with Katie Kempner” can be found on Apple Podcast Store: http://bit.ly/KatieiTunes, Spotify: http://bit.ly/KatieSpotify) and AW360: https://advertisingweek.com/podcast-perspectives/.

Katie is also the founder of Kempner Communications, a high-end strategic communications consultancy in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City, specializing in reputation and brand management. She is a very proud mother of a daughter and son, and lives with her husband and two dogs in Miami Beach.