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A Shir Libeynu Presentation: What are Jewish Museums?

  • 1:00 PM
  • Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Third Floor

Professor Shelley Hornstein, Senior Scholar & Professor Emerita of Architectural History and Visual Culture, Department of Visual Art & Art History, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University

Jewish Museums matter:  they present a rooted presence and material proof of our existence in what has been all too often an uprooted past.  With precious few artifacts, we might ask: is a Jewish Museum a repository for anything Jewish?  What role does art play in today’s Jewish Museums?  Is a Jewish Museum also a Memorial?  This talk will ask what defines a Jewish Museum, what does it look like, who is its audience and how can we imagine Jewish Museums in the future?