Modeling the Synagogue: From Dura to Touro March 27 - August 3, 2014
conjunction with its foundation in 1973, Yeshiva University Museum
commissioned ten scale models of historic synagogues. The models were
constructed under the direction of leading scholars and historians,
using the most up-to-date research and architectural information. The
models were built with intricate architectural detail and with
materials that richly evoke the original structures and their
interiors. This exhibition marks the first time in two decades that the
models have been on display as a group.
The ten synagogues
reflect the geographic breadth of the Jewish world across the
centuries, from the ancient Mediterranean - Dura-Europos in 3rd-century
Syria and Beit Alpha in 6th-century Galilee - to modern America and
Europe - Touro in 18th-century Newport and Tempio Israelitico in
19th-century Florence. Seven of the ten models are exhibited here,
together with plans, photographs and selected correspondence that
document the conception and process of the commission. This preview of
Modeling the Synagogue will be followed by an expanded presentation in
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Model of the Tempio Israelitico / Florence Synagogue. After original:
Florence, Italy, 19th century. Created by Displaycraft, 1972.
Collection of Yeshiva University Museum.
Home Suite: The Drawings of Traci Tullius
March 27 â€“ May 4, 2014
October 2008, Traci Tullius traveled home to Oklahoma to document the
demolition of her great-grandparentsâ€™ 100-year old farmhouse. This
suite of ten silverpoint drawings depicts the decay, demolition and
topographical erasure of the farmhouse, and is based on documentary
footage and photographs, as well as the artists own recollections. The
subject matter, choice of media and working process are interwoven.
Just as memory is embellished and tarnished by sentiment, nostalgia and
time, the traces of metal that compose these drawings will tarnish to a
variety of tones, darkening and disappearing, altering both the image
and its meaning in unpredictable ways. The drawings are complemented by
a video by the artist documenting the demolition, as well as several
process and complementary drawings. Traci is the Associate Professor of
Art and head of the Studio Art program at Stern College for Women of
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Image: Traci Tullius, Home Suite (Home #2), 2010, silverpoint and graphite on Plike paper.
Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews November 17, 2013 -
April 27, 2014
This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the
world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years.
From the 16th century, Iran was ruled according to strict Shiite
Islamic doctrine, and the lives of Jews were marked by periods of
persecution and legal prohibition as well as by outstanding creative
and intellectual achievements. Archaeological artifacts, illuminated
manuscripts, Judaica, textiles, musical instruments, paintings,
photographs, videos, and more highlight the complex and fascinating
story of Iranian Jews and the beauty of Judeo-Persian traditions.
exhibition was created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot--The Museum of
the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Co-presented with the Center for
Jewish History, in cooperation with the American Sephardi Federation. .
19th century (?). Collection of Miriam Kove, New York.
Shabbat - Inside and Out
November 18, 2012 - June 29, 2014
With the cessation of the workday routine on Shabbat,
the Jewish day of rest, relationships and the spirit are revitalized as
family shares the precious time of festive meals. In
synagogue, the day is marked by collective celebration and prayer, and
with the ceremonial reading of the Torah. The objects on
display in this special exhibit in our Mezzanine cases - all from the
collection of Yeshiva University Museum - highlight two aspects of the
Shabbat holiday: the private/domestic and the
communal/ceremonial. The beauty and range of styles and
material character of the objects reflect the wide geographic range and
different social contexts in which Shabbat has been and continues to be
Monument to A.D. Gordon, by Mimi Weinberg April 9 â€“ December 28, 2014
Aaron David Gordon (1856 - 1922), commonly known as A. D. Gordon, an early and influential Zionist, was one of the founders of Hapoel Hatzair (The Young Worker), a group active in Palestine in the first decades of the 20th century. This sculpture, created for the YU Museum Sculpture Garden, pays tribute to Gordon by merging motifs evoking the modern agricultural process and the language of ancient structures. Integrating shapes drawn from 20th-century farming equipment with designs based on biblical-era forms, the artist celebrates the longstanding tradition of physical labor within Israeli society.