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Chief Curator of Core Exhibit at The Museum of the History of Polish Jews to give talk at Cornell

By: Ayla K. Cline, 
April 6, 2017

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 the direction of Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, University Professor Emerita at New York University.

Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition, will talk on, "Materializing History: Time and Telos at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews,” Thursday, April 27 at 5:15pm in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Hirsch lecture room.

The Museum’s Core Exhibition immerses visitors in 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, enabling visitors to come into intimate contact with those who lived each story through images, artifacts, first-person accounts, and interactive multimedia.

"I very much look forward to presenting the creation of POLIN Museum, a journey of a thousand years that was more than twenty years in the making. What better place to share this experience of a lifetime than at Cornell’s very own museum," says Kirshenblatt-Gimblett of her visit to Ithaca.

The University Lectures Committee makes this distinguished guest’s appearance possible, with co-sponsorship by the Cornell Jewish Studies Program.

Additional thanks to the following people for their support: 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; Cornell University Klezmer Ensemble.

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