Tent: Museums Program at The Jewish Museum — September 2014

This summer I had the privilege of taking part in Tent: Museums, an awesome art/interdisciplinary program at The Jewish Museum in New York City. A collaboration between the The Jewish Museum, Professor Jeffrey Shandler (chair of the Jewish Studies department at Rutgers), and Tent: Encounters with Jewish Culture, a program of the Yiddish Book Center, Tent: Museums gave me and 19 other artists, archivists, and Jewish and museum professionals an opportunity to “brainstorm[] and re-imagin[e] the relevance of Jewish museums to contemporary culture.” From conversations with curators at The Jewish Museum to exploring the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue to a behind-the-scenes tour at the Met with Senior Exhibition Designer Daniel Kershaw–along with too many other highlights to mention–it was an incredibly stimulating week.

At the end of the program, I and the other participants created and presented artwork, writing, or other work reflecting on our experiences over the course of the week. These presentations are now featured on The Jewish Museum’s blog. Check out the blog post; my illustration and accompanying reflections are third from the top.