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This summer, explore what material culture can reveal about communities both ancient and modern. The examination of material culture can vividly bring the past to life. Learn about the private lives of Jewish women in New York in the early twentieth century through a handful of domestic objects that were embedded in their daily lives. Watch Laura Arnold Leibman, professor of English and Humanities at Reed College, present a series of illuminating talks on art of the Jewish family.

Members save 20% on books and purchases in our store with the code MEMBR. This month, we recommend Leibman’s award-winning book The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects.

Another fascinating series of lectures on Jewish material culture was given by Seth Schwartz, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Classical Jewish Civilization at Columbia University, this past spring. Antiquity is largely understood through the examination and contextualization of excavated material culture. Schwartz examines inscriptions, ancient literary sources, and objects to explore how Jewish people lived two thousand years ago during the Roman empire. Through an examination of varied preserved remains Schwartz sheds light on how Jewish communities variously interacted with and lived alongside the dominant Roman population at several provincial Roman sites. You can view Schwartz’s talk, “Materiality and Politics: How Integrated were Diaspora Jews in the Roman Empire?” here.

Enjoy these online programs while we wait for the BGC Gallery to reopen in September with the exhibition, Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to BGC then!

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