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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Purse Purse of Abraham Cohen, 1766
    salts and other trifles were kept Frequently worked on canvas these purses were often embroidered with vivid colors and lined with colorful materials contrasting with the solid colors used in clothing In Colonial and Federal America where upper class women were expected to count needlework among their accomplishments an embroidered purse was an appropriate gift from a lady to her fiancé or husband A typical design was the flame stitch later known as bargello or Florentine stitch consisting of shaded zigzag patterns in colored yarns The fine petit point embroidery with floral motifs of this purse however is rare A second purse probably made in New England and thought to date to the 1760s is today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection Probably a woman s purse embroidered in vivid colors the design features a carnation that is similar to the central white and blue flower in The Jewish Museum purse As seen in most extant examples the design on the outside of the purse is aligned in two directions so that when the purse is closed the pattern faces the same way on front and back Occasionally embroidered purses bore the owner s name and date as seen in this example According to family records Abraham Cohen whose name is inscribed on the purse contributed funds to support the American Revolutionary War effort As the purse was acquired in the area of Philadelphia where it had been passed down the family for generations it is likely that Abraham Cohen lived in that city home to one of the oldest Jewish congregations in America or in the area of Lancaster where Jewish settlement is documented as early as 1715 Although no Abraham Cohen seems to be recorded in Lancaster around the 1760s three men by that name were living in Philadelphia at the time Jewish communal life in Philadelphia may be dated from 1740 when a Jewish cemetery was established and the Mikveh Israel synagogue building was dedicated in 1782 Given the 1766 date on the purse the most likely owner would have been Abraham Eliezer Cohen In the Mikveh Israel minutes for March 30 1783 Abraham E Cohen is mentioned as the new shamash or beadle for the synagogue The duties of the shamash included to keep the shull synagogue and everything belonging to it clean and in good order he is to make all the candles light them when they are wanted and see them properly out He is to attend whenever there is prayers and see the shull secured afterwards He is to attend all circumcisions weddings and funerals Records for the Jewish cemetery of Philadelphia as reported by Ruth Hoffman of Congregation Mikveh Israel date Abraham Eliezer Cohen s death to 1786 and mention his gravesite but no tombstone has been found Source Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 p 175 Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Weimar Series II, 1981
    147 8 cm Owner The Jewish Museum New York Acquistion Gift of Selma and Stanley Batkin 1981 241 Not On View Keywords Conceptual Historical Collection Area Paintings Submit Picture Request Art critic Robert Pincus Witten coined the term epistemic abstraction for the art movement that began simultaneously in both New York and Jerusalem around 1968 The term refers to art pertaining to the nature of knowledge hence how a viewer understands basic physical truths The New York epistemologists Mel Bochner and Dorothea Rockburne are concerned with the visual examinations of Pythagorean theorem and the golden mean ratio respectfully Israeli artist Neustein s work concentrates on a comprehension of the fold the tear and the cut In his use of these methods for the manipulation of paper Neustein makes the viewer retrace the artist s process imagining a restraightening realigning and mending The beholder is also forced to contemplate what is hidden under and behind the visible artwork Neustein s construction during the formative years of epistemic abstraction 1968 72 were leaden gray devoid of color It was only in 1978 with the beginning of the Weimar series that he began to employ color named for the failed Republic during which the violent palette and brush work of German expressionism conveyed the artists frustration Neustein s homage to Nolde Kirschner et al is best expressed in his own words as an attempt to paint portraits of paintings in their own debris The adjectives fragile torn and impermanent are frequently used to describe Neustein s construction and apply as well to the work of other Israeli members of this movement notably Pinchas Cohen Gan and Benni Efrat These Israelis opt for destructive physical processes such as tearing erasing scratching or as with Efrat optical negation of the physical surface through light The contrast between their nihilistic expressions and the constructive and more mathematically analytical techniques of their American counterparts The Israeli artists vandalization of their own material apparently echoes the precarious war torn plight of the Jewish state Source Kleeblatt Norman L Dr Vivian B Mann TREASURES OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 1986 pp 200 201 Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 p 69 Kleeblatt Norman L Dr Vivian B Mann TREASURES OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 1986 pp 200 201 Pincus Witten R The Neustein Papers ARTS MAGAZINE 52 no 2 October 1977 pp 102 115 This information may change as the result of ongoing research Other Works in Highlights article data cycle auto height calc data cycle timeout 0 data cycle easing linear data cycle speed 1000 data cycle carousel offset 120 data cycle throttle speed true data cycle manual trump false data cycle swipe true data cycle prev cycle prev data cycle next cycle next Ilse Bing American b Germany 1899 1998 New York Me and the Elevated Learn More Torah Ark Learn More Elie Nadelman American b Poland 1882 1946

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Warsaw, 1980
    to furthering the Jewish Museum s mission to collect preserve exhibit and interpret art and Jewish culture View All Memberships Shop Open today from 11 am 5 45 pm See what s on today Search Highlights Themes Collection Area Recent Acquisitions Search Collection Advanced Search div data cycle pager thumbs data cycle pager template data cycle timeout 0 data download download Info Download Image Image not available for download Images of artworks that the Museum believes to be in the public domain PD are available to download on this site Other images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights By using any of these images you agree to the Jewish Museum s Terms and Conditions Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Print Artist Maker Michael David American b 1954 Warsaw 1980 Medium Pigment and wax on Masonite Dimensions 63 63 in 160 160 cm Owner The Jewish Museum New York Acquistion Gift of Lenore B Lippert and Barbara E Lippert in memory of Michael Myron Lippert 1986 92 On View Keywords Historical Holocaust Political Religious Symbols Collection Area Paintings Themes Holocaust Submit Picture Request Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 p 20 This information may change as the result of ongoing research Other Works in Holocaust article data cycle auto height calc data cycle timeout 0 data cycle easing linear data cycle speed 1000 data cycle carousel offset 120 data cycle throttle speed true data cycle manual trump false data cycle swipe true data cycle prev cycle prev data cycle next cycle next Kurt Conrad Löw Austrian 1914 1980 The Day Will Come Camp de Gurs Learn More Paul Strand American 1890 1976 Swastika a k a Hitlerism Learn More Nancy Spero American 1926 2009 Victims Holocaust Learn More Erwin Blumenfeld American b Germany 1897 1969 The Dictator Learn More Nancy Spero American 1926 2009 Masha Bruskina Learn More George Segal American 1924 2000 The Holocaust Learn More Rico Lebrun American b Italy 1900 1964 Floor of Buchenwald Learn More Christian Boltanski French b 1944 Monument Odessa Learn More August Sander German 1876 1964 Persecuted Jewess Learn More Margaret Bourke White American 1904 1971 Liberated Prisoners at Buchenwald Germany Learn More Kurt Conrad Löw Austrian 1914 1980 The Day Will Come Camp de Gurs Learn More Paul Strand American 1890 1976 Swastika a k a Hitlerism Learn More Nancy Spero American 1926 2009 Victims Holocaust Learn More Erwin Blumenfeld American b Germany 1897 1969 The Dictator Learn More Nancy Spero American 1926 2009 Masha Bruskina Learn More George Segal American 1924 2000 The Holocaust Learn More Rico Lebrun American b Italy 1900 1964 Floor of Buchenwald Learn More Christian Boltanski French b 1944 Monument Odessa Learn More August Sander German 1876 1964 Persecuted Jewess Learn More Margaret Bourke White American 1904 1971 Liberated Prisoners at Buchenwald Germany Learn More Other Themes Hanukkah Food and Drink Marriage Passover Feminism Purim Reinventing

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Casket Casket with Zodiac Signs and Other Motifs, 15th-16th century, later additions 1737/38
    mnemonic Hebrew inscription that signifies the blessing over circumcision and the date 5 498 1737 38 This inscription as well as the evidence of structural alteration together with the present contents of the box shows that the casket was transformed into a container for circumcision implements during the eighteenth century The remaining reliefs indicate that the box had another prior use In shape and decoration this work belongs to a group of late medieval caskets called Minnekästchen or Briefladen which were given as love gifts wedding presents or New Year s gifts Guilds and fraternal societies used similar boxes to hold important documents The size form and decoration of The Jewish Museum box are closest to a painted Minnekästchen dated about 1300 However the style of the carving of The Jewish Museum casket suggests a later date about 1550 The zodiac signs are the key to understanding the original purpose of the casket When viewed from the front the sequence starts with Libra the sign for Tishri the first month of the Jewish year Further the cycle reads from right to left the way Hebrew is read and nearly all the signs shown in profile are oriented from right to left This consistency of orientation suggests that the zodiac reliefs were based on the illuminations of a Hebrew manuscript Zodiac cycles appear in two types of medieval Hebrew manuscripts mahzorim festival prayer books and haggadot service books for Passover In the mahzorim the cycle is illustrated alongside prayers for dew and has the meaning of an orderly passage of time through the year during which God ensures the fertility of the soil Several later printed books with zodiac cycles contain commentaries to the illustrations indicating that the cycle expresses the wish for a good year By beginning the zodiac series with the sign for the first month of the Jewish year the carver of this casket created a pictorial equivalent to the messages on other Minnekästchen wishing the owner a happy new year Source Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 p 102 Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 p 102 Mann Vivian B A Carved Mohel s Box of the Eighteenth Century and it Antecedents PROCEEDINGS IF THE EIGHTH WORLD CONGRESS OF JEWISH STUDIES Jerusalem 1982 pp 45 49 Mann Vivian B A TALE OF TWO CITIES JEWISH LIFE IN FRANKFURT AND ISTANBUL 1750 1870 New York The Jewish Museum 1982 no 36 pp 74 75 Mann Vivian B A Sixteenth Century Box in the New York Jewish Museum and its Transformation JOURNAL OF JEWISH ART 9 1983 pp 54 60 Oklahoma Museum of Art Oklahoma City SONGS OF GLORY MEDIEVAL ART FROM 900 1500 Exh cat Oklahoma City Oklahoma Museum of Art 1985 no 171 This information may change as the result of ongoing research Other Works in Highlights article data cycle auto height calc data cycle timeout 0 data

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Torah Crown, 1969
    of kings and queens the artist eschewed any association with crowns that were meant to be worn Still this work is a Torah crown in the sense that it is a unified ornament that encompasses both the staves of the Torah scroll and that includes some references to the traditional type of crown Like the older examples Zabari s work is a three dimensional form that circumscribes space Its three dimensionality is underscored by pendant pearls which establish successive points from which to measure the space defined by the form When the crown is carried in procession the pearls shake and the silver curves quiver to lend the kinetic sense that was conveyed on older crowns by pendant bells In the purity of its forms in its emphasis on the beauty of materials and in its avoidance of extraneous decoration the Zabari crown conforms to the modernist aesthetic It is also a totally modern work in its emphasis on function Whereas on older crowns the utilitarian tubes that fit the crown to the staves of the Torah are hidden beneath an ornamental exterior on the Zabari crown they are in the open an important element of the design They draw attention to the staves known in Hebrew as trees of life which to the artist are an important part of the Torah second only to the parchment He sees the crown as an ornament for the staves as much as an ornament for the scroll The exuberant curves of the Zabari crown link it to decorative arts of the 1950s and 1960s when curved organic forms dominated At the same time they express the sense of celebration traditionally associated with crowns which are used in the larger world at times of pomp and circumstance and in many synagogues only on festivals In recognition of the joyful character of the holidays the crown replaced the finials used week after week on ordinary Sabbaths Source Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 pp 154 155 The tops of Torah scrolls are often ornamented with crowns particularly for special occasions such as festivals Late ninth century Babylonian sources describe women using their jewelry to decorate Torah scrolls in the late 12th century Rabbi Abraham ben Nathan encouraged synagogues to commission crowns specifically for the Torah This contemporary example departs in design from traditional crowns which were modeled after royal regalia Instead Zabari s design embodies a modernist aesthetic emphasizing purity of form While many traditional crowns hid the tubes that fit the crown to the staves of the Torah Zabari chose to leave these exposed and draw attention to the staves known in Hebrew as trees of life Show Torah description Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 pp 154 155 Grafman Rafi CROWNING GLORY SILVER TORAH ORNAMENTS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM NEW YORK New York The Jewish Museum 1996 pp 287 289 Mann Vivian B

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Dancing Lesson, 1926
    Memberships Shop Open today from 11 am 5 45 pm See what s on today Search Highlights Themes Collection Area Recent Acquisitions Search Collection Advanced Search div data cycle pager thumbs data cycle pager template data cycle timeout 0 data download download Info Download Image Image not available for download Images of artworks that the Museum believes to be in the public domain PD are available to download on this site Other images may be protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights By using any of these images you agree to the Jewish Museum s Terms and Conditions Share Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Share on Twitter Share via Email Print Artist Maker Raphael Soyer American b Russia 1899 1987 Dancing Lesson 1926 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 24 20 in 61 50 8 cm Owner The Jewish Museum New York Acquistion Gift of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation 2008 225 On View Keywords Families Immigration Portrait Collection Area Paintings Submit Picture Request Bibliography Kleeblatt Norman L and Susan Chevlowe eds PAINTING A PLACE IN AMERICA JEWISH ARTISTS IN NEW YORK 1900 1945 Exh cat New York The Jewish Museum 1991 p 155 and cover Goodrich Lloyd RAPHAEL SOYER New York H N Abrams 1972 pp 26 27 Provenance the artist Chaim Gross by 1967 until d 1991 Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation until 2008 donated to TJM This information may change as the result of ongoing research Other Works in Highlights article data cycle auto height calc data cycle timeout 0 data cycle easing linear data cycle speed 1000 data cycle carousel offset 120 data cycle throttle speed true data cycle manual trump false data cycle swipe true data cycle prev cycle prev data cycle next cycle next Thomas Sully American b England 1783 1872 Sally Etting Learn More Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert American b Germany 1900 1981 Passover Set Learn More Isidor Kaufmann Austrian b Hungary 1853 1921 Friday Evening Learn More Christian Boltanski French b 1944 Monument Odessa Learn More Nan Goldin American b 1953 Self Portrait in blue bathroom London Learn More Alice Neel American 1900 1984 Meyer Schapiro Learn More Man Ray born Emmanuel Radnitzky American 1890 1976 Untitled Self Portrait with Camera Learn More Jan Pogorzelski active before 1851 c 1910 Hanukkah Lamp Learn More Fabio Mauri Italian 1926 2009 Small Closet with Shirt Learn More John Ruslen active 1656 c 1715 Presentation Tray Lord Mayor s Tray Learn More Thomas Sully American b England 1783 1872 Sally Etting Learn More Ludwig Yehuda Wolpert American b Germany 1900 1981 Passover Set Learn More Isidor Kaufmann Austrian b Hungary 1853 1921 Friday Evening Learn More Christian Boltanski French b 1944 Monument Odessa Learn More Nan Goldin American b 1953 Self Portrait in blue bathroom London Learn More Alice Neel American 1900 1984 Meyer Schapiro Learn More Man Ray born Emmanuel Radnitzky American 1890 1976 Untitled Self Portrait with Camera Learn More Jan Pogorzelski active before 1851 c 1910 Hanukkah Lamp Learn More Fabio

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    Performances Group Visits Families Teens Pre K 12 Educators Visitors with Disabilities Institutional Partnerships Talks and lectures performances hands on art making and more are designed to engage general audiences families students and educators and visitors of all abilities explore our programs About Welcome About the JM Contact Connect FAQs Rentals Located on New York City s Museum Mile the Jewish Museum is a distinctive hub for art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds From our unique collection to our distinctive exhibitions and dynamic education programs there is always something to see and do learn more Support Membership Individual Giving Corporate Support Planned Giving Travel Program Special Events Become a member today Individual Corporate and Foundation support are crucial to furthering the Jewish Museum s mission to collect preserve exhibit and interpret art and Jewish culture View All Memberships Shop Open today from 11 am 5 45 pm See what s on today Search 4 search results Collection 4 results Hanukkah Lamp Orivit Aktiengesellschaft 1900 1905 Hanukkah Lamp C S Hanukkah Lamp C Sichler Double Portrait Gay Flag Ross Bleckner American b 1949 Contact Us 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York NY 10128 Directions 212 423 3200 info thejm org Connect With Us Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Pinterest Join Us Members enjoy valuable benefits including free admission discounts and previews of new exhibitions while helping the Museum to celebrate and share the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people Become a member Terms Conditions Privacy Policy Press Accessibility About This Site 2016 The Jewish Museum TheJewishMuseum Gay Block and Malka Drucker A Recontextualized Ketubbah marriage contract ow ly YiXJP pic twitter com 06JHwtcU6U If all my photographs were lost and I d be represented by just one The Steerage I d be satisfied

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  • The Jewish Museum - Collection - Staten Island Ferry, 1946, printed c. 1980
    On View Keywords Cityscape New York City Collection Area Photographs Submit Picture Request Louis Faurer s quiet and melancholy images capture individuals at their most contemplative moments even amid the tumult of the big city In the presence of his photographs the viewer feels privy to the secret world of their subjects Faurer grew up in a Polish Jewish immigrant family in Philadelphia Before attending the School of Commercial Art and Lettering in 1937 he earned money by drawing caricatures in Atlantic City New Jersey and in his spare time took photographs on the boardwalk there In 1946 he began commuting to New York where he took freelance fashion photographs for publications including Harper s Bazaar and became friendly with the photographer Robert Frank who allowed him to use his Manhattan loft and darkroom For the next thirty years Faurer continued to do fashion photography which sated his aesthetic sensibility and perfectionist inclinations for publications such as Flair Vogue and Seventeen He also developed his own photographic techniques Although he did not actively promote his own work advocates such as the actress Viva with whom he had been romantically involved in the 1960s curator Walter Hopps and dealer Deborah Bell have played integral roles in preserving his work and bringing it to the fore Faurer often used reflections and double exposures to create stunning visual juxtapositions and compositions In Staten Island Ferry Faurer captured the ghostly panorama of New York obscured by the window of the ferry He provided clues that there is a man seated on a bench in front of the window by showing a segment of a suited shoulder and a silhouette of a head We can only assume that the figure on the right is the photographer but who is the man that his shadow makes visible And can he see the majestic cityscape that the photographer is showing us Without seeing their faces we perceive the men as entrenched in the skyline before them and thoroughly isolated from each other Source Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 pp 55 Bibliography Berger Maurice et al MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM New York The Jewish Museum 2004 pp 55 Kozloff Max NEW YORK CAPITAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY New Haven Yale University Press 2002 no 65 Lehman David YESHIVA BOYS POEMS Scribner 2009 This information may change as the result of ongoing research Other Works in Highlights article data cycle auto height calc data cycle timeout 0 data cycle easing linear data cycle speed 1000 data cycle carousel offset 120 data cycle throttle speed true data cycle manual trump false data cycle swipe true data cycle prev cycle prev data cycle next cycle next Beaker of the Polin Burial Society Learn More Tina Barney American b 1945 The Trustee and The Curator Learn More Seder Plate Tiered Seder Set Learn More S I C Torah Finials Learn More Casket Casket with Zodiac Signs and Other Motifs Learn More Gert Wollheim

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