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Michigan State University Philosophy Professor to lead a discussion on Different Trains

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Museum

Michigan State University philosophy professor and dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Stephen L. Esquith will host a lecture on Different Trains at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Toledo Museum of Art's Little Theater.

Different Trains is a large-scale video installation spanning nearly 25 feet that is on view in the Museum’s Canaday Gallery until Sunday, May 5, 2019. This profoundly moving work about the Holocaust is both historically important and aesthetically impressive. The 29-minute film will run on a continuous loop and features the 1988 musical score by American composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet, and visually reinterpreted by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Created in 2016, Caravaggio’s Different Trains sets Reich’s score to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original musical composition.

Esquith’s lecture will explore what Caravaggio’s film adds to the music from a critical perspective. He will then lead a discussion of what this mode of transportation evokes in us today based on our own memories and feelings.

Esquith has been involved in democratic political education and peace building in Eastern Europe and West Africa. He is the author of The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010).

This presentation of Different Trains is supported by the Stacey and Harley Kripke Philanthropic Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, the Donald L. Solomon Supporting Organization, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, Lynn and Frank Jacobs, Arleen and Jon Levine, Linda and Joel Beren, Dr. Robert and Beverly Karp, Sandy Soifer and Paul Goldner, Julie and Fred Treuhaft, H. Zachary Ottenstein, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from the H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund.