‘Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World’ at Baruch College May 7

3 May

You are invited to the third annual conference of the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College:

“Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World”

The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College is hosting a conference to explore the portrayal of Jewish identity in theater, music and visual arts. The “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World” conference will feature panel discussions with directors, Off-Broadway actors, composers, artists, museum educators and college professors. Audio and video clips of performances will be shown. Carol Zemel, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at York University, will give the keynote address. Dr. Zemel was a Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; completed a book, Graven Images: Visual Culture and Modern Jewish History; and is co-founder and co-director of Project Mosaica, a web-based exploration of Jewish cultural expression in the arts.

WHEN: May 7, 12 PM-8:30 PM (Please see the times for each panel and the keynote address below)

WHERE: 55 Lexington, Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
Entrance is on East 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenue
This event is free and open to the public. Please make reservations (note the panel you are interested in attending) at: [email protected]

Panel 1: The Jew on Stage
Gordon Edelstein, Director of the New Haven Long Wharf Theater
Ari Brand, from Off-Broadway “My Name Is Asher Lev”
Lenny Wolpe, from Off-Broadway “Old Jews Telling Jokes”
Prof. Edna Nahshon, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Moderator: Prof. Elizabeth Wollman, Baruch College

Panel 2: Jewish Music: Listening to Its Worldly Influences
Bruce Adolphe, composer
“Personal, Jewish, Universal: Authenticity in Composition”

Prof. Gil Harel, Baruch College
“What’s in a sticker? Israeli identity as depicted in Hadag Nahash’s ‘Sticker Song’ ”

Prof. Mark Kligman, Hebrew Union College
“The Liturgical Music of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn: Keeping Arab Traditions Alive”

Dr. Galeet Dardashti, New York University, lead vocalist on Divahn
“Money, Music, and Identity: The Case of the Mizrahi Piyut (Sacred Song) Craze in Israel”

Moderator: Dr. Howard Stern

Panel 3: Jewish Ways of Seeing: The Visual Arts and the Jewish Tradition
Prof. Vivian Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary
“Traditionalism in Sephardi Art”

Dr. Tom Freudenheim, Former deputy director and COO of Jüdisches Museum Berlin
“Seeing Art with Jewish Eyes”

Prof. Samantha Baskind, Cleveland State University
“Everybody thought I was Catholic’: Audrey Flack’s Jewish Identity”
Audrey Flack, artist
“Audrey Flack in Conversation with Samantha Baskind”
Moderator: Dr. Brigitte Sion

5:45-6:15: Refreshments and book sales

6:15-6:45: Audrey Flack and the Art History Band

7:00-8:00: Keynote Address
Prof. Carol Zemel, York University
“New Jews\New Diasporas: Re-forming identity in the Visual Arts”

8-8:30: Reception

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