Jewish Museum will spotlight the avant-garde of three artists

Marc Chagall’s “Self Portrait at the Easel” (Courtesy Jewish Museum)

Manhattan’s Jewish Museum will offer visitors a rare opportunity to explore a little-known chapter in the history of modern art and the Russian avant-garde. “Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922,” on display from September 14 to January 6, will focus on the People’s Art School (1918-1922), founded by Marc Chagall in his native city, Vitebsk (in present day Belarus). The exhibit includes about 120 works and documents loaned by museums in Vitebsk and Minsk and major American and European collections and presents the artistic output of three iconic figures — Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and Kazimir Malevich — as well as works by students and teachers of the Vitebsk school. The museum is at 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd Street. For information, call (212) 423-3337 or go to

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