Jewish Museums on the American Ethnic Museum Landscape

By David Shneer

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2010

This piece focuses on questions related to the purpose and focus of Jewish museums as well as questions as to whether the audience for Jewish museums should be Jews or a broader non-Jewish audience. The author argues for a more responsive and visionary Jewish museum that mirrors the ways in which Latino museums operate within the U.S. The piece concludes by acknowledging that politics are often involved in the direction of Jewish museums and that ethnic museums struggle to imagine their future audiences as they simultaneously serve the communities they were created in.

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, History, Art, Engagement, Community Relations, Ethnicity

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2010

Page Number(s): 12-14

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Shneer, David. Jewish Museums on the American Ethnic Museum Landscape. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2010: 12-14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5603


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