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FREE PUBLIC LECTURE | Curating Between Hope and Despair: Jewish Museums in Europe Today



Start Date

6 Nov 2015 12:30 pm

End Date

6 Nov 2015 1:30 pm


TMAG Central Gallery

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Presented by

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Are Jewish museums in Europe today Holocaust museums by another name? Is it possible to recover a thousand-year history of Jewish life in the very places where millions of Jews perished? This is the challenge for Jewish museums in Europe today. This talk will explore these questions through the unique perspective of the newest of these museums, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which opened its multimedia narrative exhibition, a journey of a thousand years, in October 2014.

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University and Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, senior advisor to POLIN Museum's director, and the museum's liaison for international affairs. She received an award for lifetime achievement from the Foundation for Jewish Culture; an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from the President of Poland. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Vienna Jewish Museum, Berlin Jewish Museum, and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, and on the Board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, which initiated the project to create a museum of the history of Polish Jews. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is in Australia as the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (Monash University) Kronhill Visiting Scholar.

When | Friday 6 November 2015, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Where |
TMAG Central Gallery

This event is proudly supported by the TMAG, Monash University, the UTAS Creative Exchange Institute and the UTAS Institute for the Study of Social Change.

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