Masterworks of the Jewish Museum

By Maurice Berger; Joan Rosenbaum; Vivian B. Mann (Contribution by)
Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300102925, 253pp.

Publication Date: June 2004

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Published on the 100th anniversary of The Jewish Museum, this magnificent book celebrates centuries of Jewish culture and history, presenting masterworks from the Museum's renowned collection. This beautifully illustrated book explores the culture, history, and beliefs of the Jewish people by presenting an extraordinary selection of works from the collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. Ranging from antiquity to the present day, these artworks and ritual objects include a fourth-century glass vessel and ancient burial plaques; exquisite Torah decorations and marriage contracts; stunningly ornate Hanukkah lamps and spice containers; beautiful paintings and prints by such artists as Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, Marc Chagall, and Ben Shahn; striking contemporary works by Leonard Baskin, Sol LeWitt, George Segal, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, and many others; and selections of video and still images from television and film, ranging from documentaries and dramas to situation comedies. Two introductory essays discuss the history and significance of The Jewish Museum, followed by a superb range of artworks grouped thematically in categories such as memory and history; spirituality and faith; society, politics, and community; text and representation; and television and culture. Each work is accompanied by a short essay providing description and interpretation. Together the reproductions and lively text tell the fascinating story of how Jewish culture has evolved through the centuries and across continents.

About the Author
Chef de service en psychiatrie de l'enfant au CHU de Saint-Etienne, ex-professeur associe de psychologie a l'Universite Lyon 2, et psychanalyste.

Rosenbaum is the Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director at The Jewish Museum.

Vivian B. Mann is Curator of Judaica at The Jewish Museum and Director of the Bernard Manekin Institute for Jewish Art and has an extensive background in teaching, curating, writing, and lecturing.
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