Jews on Vinyl

July 24, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Rosenberg & Winnick Galleries

What do Bagels and Bongos, Israeli Disco Fever, and When You are in Love the Whole World is Jewish have in common? They are just a few of the vintage record titles featured in this exhibition, based on the book by Roger Bennett and Josh Kun-And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost. What started out as a mutual affinity for kitschy Jewish album covers soon became a quest for identity, history, and culture between the grooves of LPs. Pieced together, these scratched, once-loved and now-forgotten audio gems tell a vibrant tale: the story of Jews in America.

The exhibition features a soundtrack of highlights from these LPs to provide opportunities for Museum visitors to experience forgotten moments in Jewish American pop history. Much of the music is no longer available in any format and through this exhibition; audiences will have the unprecedented opportunity to explore new perspectives on Jewish identity and history through this exciting aspect of Jewish culture.

Jews on Vinyl has been organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum with guest curators, Roger Bennett and Josh Kun. The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Kenneth and Anna Zankel. Additional support has been provided by Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, a professional corporation.

The exhibition’s presentation in New York is sponsored in part by The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and by the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation.

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Irving Fields Trio, Bagels and Bongos, Decca, 1959. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett