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Notions of resistance, alongside fears and reality of oppression, resound throughout Jewish history. As a minority, Jews express their political aspirations, ideals of heroism, and yearnings of retaliation and redemption in their rituals, art, and everyday life.
Centering on coins in The Magnes Collection, this exhibition explores how the Jewish revolts against Hellenism and the Roman occupation of Palestine (Judaea Capta) echo from antiquity into the present.
Pièces de Résistance highlights a variety of collection items ranging from ancient coins and their replicas, to ritual objects for Purim and Hanukkah. It also prominently features art by Marc Chagall, Lazar Krestin, and Arthur Szyk that offers a modern visual representation of Jewish might in the face of persecution.
Curators: Francesco Spagnolo, Shir Gal Kochavi, Zoe Lewin
Graduate Curator (Judaea Capta materials): Rebecca Levitan (History of Art)
Contributor: Yael Chaver (German and Jewish Studies)
Registrars: Julie Franklin and Rebecca Hisiger
Preparator: Ernest Jolly
Marketing and Social Media: Lisa Davis
Design: Gordon Chun Design