Curating Culture, Making Memory: On the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

When: 
Sun, Apr 03, 2016 11:00am to 6:00pm
Location: 
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Curating Culture, Making Memory: On the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

11 a.m.-6 p.m., April 3

A day of film and lectures highlighting the Polin Museum located in Warszawa and Jewish history in Poland. 

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. "Raise the Roof," 2015. 85 minutes. Landmark Shattuck Theater, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.  A documentary by Yari and Cary Wolinsky about how artists Rick and Laura Brown and their team at Handhouse Studio set out to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the 18th-century wooden synagogues of Poland, the last of which were destroyed by Nazis during World War II. RSVP here for the film. 

1:45-6 p.m. Talks and evening reception will be held at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. RSVP here for the afternoon lectures and reception.

1:45 p.m. “Making / History: The Wooden Synagogue Replication Project” by Rick and Laura Brown; Lori Starr, respondent. Using images and video clips, Rick and Laura Brown of Handhouse Studio will describe the ten-year project of reconstructing Gwoździec.
 
 3 p.m. “The Jewish Museum Effect” by Jeffrey Shandler; Francesco Spagnolo, respondent. Jeffrey Shandler will look at how Jewish museum practices have become fixtures of contemporary Jewish life, using examples in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. 

 4:15 p.m. “Materializing History: Presenting the History of Polish Jews” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

 
5:15 p.m. Reception

Free and open to the public.

 

Partners

This program was made possible in partnership with the following institutions/thanks to the following donors:

The Taube Foundation

Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union 

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley

The Center for Jewish Studies at the UC Berkeley

Program Information