Old and the New: Mark Podwal's Textiles for the Altneuschul
Prague's Altneuschul (Old-New Synagogue), the world's oldest operating synagogue, is celebrated through numerous legends and for its architectural beauty. Constructed in 1270, the synagogue is a place of worship and community activity, and a symbol of Czech-Jewish identity. Mark Podwal, an internationally recognized New York-based artist, was commissioned to design new textiles for the sanctuary. Embroidered in shimmering gold thread on rich velvet, the textiles reflect the traditions and mythology of the Altneuschul and one of the world's most vibrant Jewish communities. Yeshiva University Museum is privileged to unveil the textiles before they are sent to Prague to be formally dedicated and installed. They are complemented by a selection of the artist’s earlier graphic works.