Is Nothing Sacred? Disobedient Images and Their Meaning for Jewish Culture

Presented in partnership with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

The Stanford University Charles Michael Lecture

Norman L. Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York

Even before the culture wars of the 1980s and early 1990s, Jewish artists and institutions wrestled with issues concerning the parameters of Jewish subject matter. Artists sometimes expressed their identity through images that appeared transgressive. Artists from other backgrounds also wrestled with subjects sacred to Jewish culture. What is the meaning of a crucifixion painted by a Jew? How do we interpret contemporary depictions of the horrors of the Third Reich? How can contemporary culture exhibit, publish and confront anti-Semitic imagery? Curator Norman L. Kleeblatt examines a broad range of imagery to deepen our understanding of artistic and social struggles that have addressed or confronted issues of personal identity, racism and prejudice.

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Wednesday, May 28

Starts at: 8:00 pm

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