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"Collective Perspectives: New Acquisitions Celebrate the Centennial"
2004-11-05 until 2005-03-05
Jewish Museum
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Stellar works of fine art and Judaica acquired in honor of The Jewish Museum's 100th anniversary will be on view from November 5, 2004 through March 6, 2005 in Collective Perspectives: New Acquisitions Celebrate the Centennial. The exhibition will feature a wide range of work in various media, including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics.

Poised at the intersection of art, history, and culture, the fine arts collection of the Museum explores the Jewish experience through the contributions of both Jewish and non-Jewish artists. Among the fine arts highlights in this exhibition are major works by Christian Boltanski, Adolph Gottlieb, Anselm Kiefer, Elie Nadelman, Chana Orloff, Jules Pascin, Ben Shahn, and Man Ray. The Museum's Judaica holdings reflect the diverse fabric of Jewish culture over time with its dynamic negotiation of internal and external influences. These decorative arts represent Jewish communities throughout the world, from the ancient to the contemporary. Judaica highlights include fine works by Myer Meyers, an American Jew who was the preeminent New York silversmith during the second half of the 18th century; and Lyn Godley's monumental (5? x 11 feet) Hanukkah Lamp (2004) using electric light and digital imagery. In all these works, Jewish issues become a paradigm for larger political, aesthetic, and cultural discussions that resonate with visitors of all backgrounds.

Christian Boltanski (b. France, 1944)
Monument (Odessa), 19892003
Six gelatin silver prints, three tin biscuit boxes, lights, wire
Dimensions variable
Central photograph: 51 1/8 x 19 5/6 in.
Purchase: Melva Bucksbaum Contemporary Art Fund, 2003-11a-kk


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