Curating Jews: Reflections on the Practice of Heritage

By Erica Lehrer

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2010

The author questions whether Jewish museums should be shrines that celebrate an idealized imagine of Jewish art, achievements and civilization or if they should mirror the cultural identities and beliefs of visitors, or even be presented as open spaces where different perspectives and difficult issues can interact. The piece asserts that the focus on thinking about exhibiting, collecting, and curating culture gives an opportunity to think about Jewishness in a way where it is negotiated and defined. The field of curatorial practice is ripe for innovation and a snapshot of recent projects suggests that ethnography and curatorial practice can be reconsidered in a new light.

Topic: Museums and Exhibitions, History, Art, Jewish Identification, Scholarship, Academic Research

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): 32-33

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lehrer, Erica. Curating Jews: Reflections on the Practice of Heritage. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2010: 32-33. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5610


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