Author Talk

Victor Levenstein and Matvey Levenstein in Conversation


Sunday, March 19, 2023
3 – 4 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

Join us for a special afternoon of storytelling with Victor Levenstein and his son artist Matvey Levenstein. Victor Levenstein is the author of Thirteen Nasty Little Snakes: The Case of Stalin's Assassins detailing his arrest and time as a political prisoner in the Soviet Union. His experiences have most recently been featured on two episodes of The Moth Radio Hour.

About the Speakers:

Victor Levenstein was born in the Soviet Union in 1922. He immigrated with his family to the USA in 1980 and at the age of 58 started a successful career in the new country. He worked at Jeffey-Dresser in Columbus Ohio from 1980 until 2003, designing underground mining machinery and receiving three American patents. After retiring from the engineering job Victor wrote and published Thirteen Nasty Little Snakes: The Case of Stalin's Assassins.

Matvey Levenstein was born in Moscow, U.S.S.R. and lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Moscow Architectural Institute, Moscow, U.S.S.R. He is included in the recent publications Landscape Painting Now by Todd Bradway and (Nothing but) Flowers published by Karma with essays by Hilton Als, Helen Molesworth and David Rimanelli. In 2023, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation named Levenstein a recipient of its prestigious 2022 Biennial Grant. Additional awards, honors and residencies include the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, Rome (2003); the Penny McCall Foundation Award, New York (2002); and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Studio Grant (1998). He is represented by Kasmin gallery in New York and Galleria Lorcan O’Neill in Rome, Italy, with an upcoming solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill this fall.

Tickets: $18 General; $12 Seniors; $8 Students; Free for Jewish Museum members

Doors open at 2:30 pm; Includes Museum Admission

Image of Victor Levenstein