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Family Trees

The exhibition, Family Trees, by Emily Brzezinski is on display at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D. C. through June 6th. These free standing wooden sculptures with black and white photographs of her family members applied to their surfaces were created by Emily Brzezinski. The artist says they are an affirmation of her cultural identity and the need for self-definition within her family.

Emilie Brzezinski, born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1932 is an American sculptor. Shortly after graduating from Wellesley College, Emilie Benes, a grandniece of Czechoslovakia's former president Edvard Beneš, married Zbigniew Brzezinski, a political scientist who served as an adviser to President Jimmy Carter. She began her career in the 1970s with a series of solo shows in Washington, DC, and in New York.

Emilie Brzezinski worked in a variety of media, including resin, wood fiber, and wood. Her expressive themes always related to nature. Eventually she focused entirely on wood she found at mills, gardens, and development sites. She used chain saws, chisels and axes hollow out the logs for her sculptures.

Mika Brzezinski, Emilie's daughter and the co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe, completed her memoir, "All Things at Once" coinciding with the completion of her mother's Family Trees sculptures. An expression of her life and love for her family, Family Trees closely mirrors the narrative of Mika's book, and both book and sculptures are testimonials to their identities as artists, wives and mothers.

Debbie, this picture is for you. Thank you for letting me know the exhibition is in D.C. I like the Katzen Arts Center and will visit it again.

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