Chief curator of Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews to speak at Cornell

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, chief curator of the Core Exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, will talk on “Materializing History: Time and Telos at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews,” on Thursday, April 27, at 5:15 pm, in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Hirsch lecture room.
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw opened to the public in April 2013 and the Core Exhibition, presenting the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, opened a year and a half later under Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s direction.
The Museum’s Core Exhibition presents the world of Polish Jews, from their arrival in Po-lin as traveling merchants in medieval times until today. Each of the eight galleries presents a different chapter of the story of Polish Jews, allowing visitors to learn about those who lived each story through images, artifacts, first-person accounts and interactive multimedia.
The University Lectures Committee made Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s appearance possible, with co-sponsorship by the Cornell Jewish Studies Program. Organizers offered additional thanks to Leslie Adelson, acting director of the Institute for German Cultural Studies; D. Medina Lewansky, associate professor, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; Ewa Bachminska, senior lecturer (Polish), Department of Romance Studies; and the Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble.
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