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"Painting History." Presentation by Barbara Kirsheblatt-Gimblett

18:00 h
20 Feb

BKG-MHZPPainting History: The Making of the Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The Museum of the History of Polish Jews was created from the inside out. From the very beginning, the story came first. Long before there was a museum, long before there was this magnificent building, there was the Masterplan for the exhibition – a journey of 1000 years presented in the very place where this story unfolded. This exhibition in this magnificent building rises from the rubble, like a phoenix from the ashes. The task of the exhibition is to bring history to life in a place where hardly a material trace of that history remains. Everyone praises the building – it is magnificent. But, what will be inside? What kind of exhibition will it be? This illustrated lecture will go behind the scenes to show how the exhibition is being made and offer a sneak preview of some of its highlights.

WarsawJewishMuseum 007 3Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Distinguished Professor at New York University, is Program Director of the Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews on the site of the former Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighborhood.

Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); and The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (edited with Jonathan Karp). Her edited volume Writing a Modern Jewish History: Essays in Honor of Salo W. Baron won a National Jewish Book Award. They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust, which she coauthored with her father Mayer Kirshenblatt, also won several awards.

In 2008, she was honored with the award for lifetime achievement by the Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Mlotek Prize for Yiddish and Yiddish Culture. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Vienna Jewish Museum, and new Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.