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Modeling the Synagogue: From Dura to Touro
March 27 - August 3, 2014

In 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 fall 2014.

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Image: 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 – May 4, 2014

In October 2008, Traci Tullius traveled home to Oklahoma to document the demolition of her great-grandparents’ 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 Yeshiva University.

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Image: Traci Tullius, Home Suite (Home #2), 2010, silverpoint and graphite on Plike paper.

Light and 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.

This 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. .

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Image: Painted doors, Iran, 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 celebrated.

Monument to A.D. Gordon, by Mimi Weinberg
April 9 – 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.

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