Professionals from nineteen of the country’s most prestigious museums will participate in this year’s Institute in Jewish Art at The Jewish Theological Seminary in
The Institute is also dedicated to building understanding and engendering respect for diversity, part of JTS’s commitment to sharing the riches of Jewish culture with people of all backgrounds and to explore a range of methods of interpreting works of art with sacred content for increasingly diverse audiences. In addition to the classes in basic Judaism and Jewish ceremonial art, the program includes visits to museums and private collections, and lectures by experts in the field.
JTS offers the only graduate program in the
Participating institutions in this year’s program include the American Folk Art Museum, New York City; the Art Institute of Chicago; Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Spertus Museum, Chicago; the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles; and Yeshiva University Museum, New York City. Past participants have included, among others, the
The Institute in Jewish Art is fully funded by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. This program will take place in two parts:
Further information about the Institute for Jewish Art is available by contacting Aliza Strauss at (212) 280-6098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editors/Reporters: Interviews with past participants can be scheduled upon request (see brief bios below). Contact Sherry Kirschenbaum, JTS Director of Media Relations, at (212) 678-8953 or email@example.com.
Scott Peck, Executive Director, Biblical Arts Center/Museum of Biblical Art in
Corine Wegener, Assistant Curator of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and a Major in the Army Reserves, whose military background and experience with cultural and religious conflict in
Leslie Balkany, Museum Educator of the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was inspired her to share the impact of her Institute of Jewish Arts experience with colleagues and peers at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums.
Tricia Pongracz, Chief Curator at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, who described the Institute as “literally opening a door” to an area of art history in which she had no experience.
Tamara Mann (no relation to Dr. Mann), a doctoral student in history and the former Manager of Public Programs at the Interfaith Center in New York, who was moved to become an educator at The Jewish Museum after her JTS experience.
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