Weddings as a Participatory Sport

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by

Museum Matters July 2017

My guess is that just about everyone reading this newsletter has attended a wedding.  Many of you have participated as a bride or groom (some more than once).  This means that most of you qualify to be an entrant in our spectacular finale for the Just Married! exhibit.

JMM is partnering with The Stoop, Baltimore’s well-known storytelling impresarios for an afternoon of true (or at least mostly true) tales about wedding days.  It will be fun to be in the audience but even more fun to be on stage – I’ve tried it, so I can speak from experience.  The performance will be at 2pm on September 17.

To be a story teller all you need is a funny or poignant or romantic or surprising story from your wedding day and its preparations.  The focus here is on weddings, we know you have stories about the married life that came after, but that’s for another stoop.  Our colleagues at The Stoop will offer coaching on how to make your story memorable to others.  All you need to get started is to apply!

You can do that by contacting Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org.  But don’t procrastinate, the application period closes on July 14.

~Marvin


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

JULY

The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry, JMM 1999.30.1

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:
The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry
Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm
Speaker Dr. Barry Lever
Buy Your Tickets Now

The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

JMM 2004.13.53

JMM 2004.13.53

‘If Every Word Was Love':
Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community
Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm
Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University
Get Your Tickets Now

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.

JMM CP 2017.4.4

JMM CP 2017.4.4

LGBTQ and Under the Huppah: A Panel Discussion
Monday, July 17, 6:30pm
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Whether you identify as LGBTQ+, or care about someone who does, come and learn about the unique set of wedding challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ Jewish community. With our current exhibit Just Married: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland as a backdrop, this panel will explore the specific set of challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ Jewish community and their families from a variety of perspectives— from the couple themselves to family to clergy.

 

Free slices and great prizes!

Free slices and great prizes!

Pizza, Prizes and Puzzles: Intern Trivia Night at the JMM
Wednesday, July 26, 5:30pm
FREE

Know a summer intern here in Baltimore? Please invite them to our Intern Trivia Night! More Info Here

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Wedding Memories case in Just Married!

Preserving Your Wedding
Sunday, July 30, 1:00pm
Speaker: JMM Collections Manager, Joanna Church
Get Your Tickets Now!

You’ll have your memories forever—why not make sure your stuff lasts (almost) as long? From wedding dresses to flowers to photographs, if you think it’s worth saving, it’s worth saving!  Whether it happened 50 years ago or hasn’t happened yet, learn tips and tricks for preserving those memories for future generations.

View August Programs Here


Esther’s Place

July 16!

July 16!

On Sunday July 16, Esther’s Place is holding its first-ever yard sale! We are making room for new inventory, and marking select items down between 50% and 90%. The yard sale will take place in the front courtyard (weather permitting) from 10 AM to 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

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It’s a Perfect Match!

Posted on June 9th, 2017 by

Museum Matters June 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

Exhibit opens June 18, 2017

June + Weddings … they’ve been going together forever and this June we tie the knot at JMM.  Our new exhibit Just Married!: Wedding Stories from Jewish Maryland celebrates more than a century of the material culture of Jewish nuptials in the state (including gowns, tuxes, invites, ketubas…and even the caterer’s bill). It also examines the challenges of the wedding day – a day when few people are “just” married.

Our exclusive member’s preview on June 15 is actually a double ceremony.  Not only June + Weddings, but also JMM + Baltimore Center Stage.  The 7pm performance of “Love, Laughter, and L’Chaim:  A Celebration of Jewish Marriage in American Theater” at the Lloyd Street Theater will anchor the evening. Guests are invited to view the new exhibit either before the performance at 6pm or during the post-performance reception.  We are expecting a good crowd so we are encouraging our members to reserve their free tickets in advance.  To reserve your space visit http://jewishmuseummd.org/single/members-only-love-laughter-and-lchaim/ or call 443-873-5167.

See you under the chuppah.

~Marvin

 

Upcoming programs
All programs take place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland unless otherwise noted. Please contact Trillion Attwood at tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org / 443-873-5177 with any questions or for more information.

JUNE

Six Day War: 50 Years On

Slide 1

Sunday, June 11, 1:00pm

Speakers: Jay Bernstein and Mitch Gold; Moderator: Dr. Neil Rubin

Get Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats!

This exciting program marks the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War. We will explore the significance of this conflict upon America’s Jewish community, the international Jewish community and Israel as a whole. Join us for a light reception following the presentation, served in observance of dietary laws.

Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Israel Coalition, FIDF, and BZD

 

Members’ Opening: Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Baltimore

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June 15, 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

Featuring the premiere of Love, Laughter, and L’chaim presented by Baltimore Center Stage

Register here

Laughter and tears, sorrow and joy, salt and sugar: all the elements of ordinary life can be found in how American Jews have experienced marriage—from wooing and betrothal through the ceremonial celebration and on to the sometimes-bitter aftermath. Take a whirlwind tour through the highs and lows of marriage in a dynamic hour-long excursion through theatrical highlights from the past century.

Performance takes place in the Lloyd Street Synagogue and is followed by a reception at the Museum

 

Honeymooning in the Borscht Belt, America’s Jewish Vacationland

borscht belt book cover smallSunday, June 25, 1:00pm

Speaker: Marisa Scheinfeld

Get Tickets Now

Members: Reserve Your Seats

Join author and photographer Marisa Scheinfeld as she talks summer vacations, family getaways, and, most importantly, honeymoons in the Borscht Belt.

The Borscht Belt: Revivisting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland will be available for purchase at Esther’s Place, the Museum gift shop. Ms. Scheinfeld will sign books after her talk.

 

JULY

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image:

1999.030.0001The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry

Sunday, July 9th at 1:00 pm

Speaker Dr. Barry Lever

Buy Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seats!

The Exodus 1947 carried Jewish immigrants, largely Holocaust survivors, from France to Palestine in July, 1947. Sadly, the ship was seized and all of its passengers deported back to Europe. Russian artist Alex Gelfenboim created (and 36 women of the Pomegranate Guild, led by Rita Lenkin Hawkins crafted) a unique needlepoint tapestry, of over one and a half-million stitches. This artwork depicts the story of courage, hope and optimism for a world at peace.

Like other artwork and craft that depicts historical reality (e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry or Guernica), the Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry is a testament and a retelling of a significant historical moment. Unveiled nearly 20 years ago, the tapestry was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

 

‘If Every Word Was Love':

2004013053Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community

Sunday, July 16, 1:00pm

Speaker: Melissa Klapper, Rowan University

Get Your Tickets Now

Reserve Your Seat!

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, young American Jewish women and men faced a new world of personal relationships. Join us as we discuss the modernization of courtship, dating, and sexuality that created a push and pull between tradition and modernity that shaped American Jewish youth’s social lives and life choices.

 

Also of Interest

The JMM is pleased to share our campus with B’nai Israel Congregation. For additional information about B’nai Israel events and services for Shabbat, please visit bnaiisraelcongregation.org.  For more of this month’s events from BIYA, please visit biyabaltimore.org or check out BIYA on Facebook.

 

Esther’s Place

Interns at Inventory!

Interns at Inventory!

Esther’s place is just finishing up some spring cleaning and renovating! We decided to use the timing of our annual physical inventory as an opportunity to add some new furniture, add a fresh coat of paint, and unveil some new merchandise! Come by next to see an all new Esther’s Place!Ongoing at the JMM

 

Exhibits

Exhibits on display include Just Married! Wedding Stories of Jewish Maryland (opening Sunday, June 18 with a special members’ only opening in the evening on Thursday, June 15 – see above for details), Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in East Baltimore, and The Synagogue Speaks

 

Hours and Tour Times

Combination tours of the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue and the 1876 Synagogue Building now home to B’nai Israel are offered: Sunday through Thursday at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

Membership

Make it official! Become a Member of the JMM.

Learn More about membership.

Already ready? Join Here.

 

Get Involved

The JMM is always looking for volunteers! Click Here to learn more.

Click Here for complete hours and tour times

 

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Networking with the Nation

Posted on May 19th, 2017 by

Blog post by Executive Director Marvin Pinkert. To read more posts from Marvin click HERE.

Last week, Collections Manager, Joanna Church and I attended the conference of the American Alliance of Museums in St. Louis.  We were two out of more than 4,000 museum professionals gathered there to discuss changing fiscal and social contexts, the most recent technological developments and yes, some general kibbitzing about people and exhibits creating a buzz.

Projections on the ceiling of Union Station in St Louis.

Projections on the ceiling of Union Station in St Louis.

Wearing my hat as a liaison between the museum world and our JMM members, I thought I might use this newsletter to share a few highlights of the conference and how they might impact our future.

The theme of the event was “Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion”.  The first featured speaker was Haben Girma, an Eritrean refugee who is also the first blind/deaf graduate of Harvard Law School.  Haben would have been an impressive orator in any forum… she had a wicked sense of humor and used it effectively to press the case for greater attention to access needs.  Her very presence spoke volumes as to how small acts of consideration can make big differences in enabling everyone to participate and contribute.

But the inclusion story was not only about accommodating disabilities, there were several sessions that dealt with demographic diversity.  On the opening day of the conference I represented the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) on a panel entitled “Transcending Boundaries: The New ‘Identity Museums'”.  I was joined by moderator, Marsha Semmel (former Deputy Director of IMLS), Lisa Sasaki (Director of the Asian-Pacific American Center) and Antonio Rodriguez (Chair, AAM’s Latino Network).  We talked about the challenges of simultaneously meeting the needs of constituent and cross-over audiences, the ways that on-line and mobile devices are reshaping our delivery of content, and opportunities for collaboration with non-“identity museums.”  The recent CAJM meeting in Boston and JMM’s own work on our new core exhibit helped inform my presentation.

The conference was also our first opportunity to pitch our upcoming exhibit Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling to an assembly of traveling exhibit coordinators from both history and science museums.  Our exhibit – which includes a slice of technology, a shmear of history and a topping of environmental science – received a very positive reception.

A curiosity from the expo floor - this is a cut-out combined with a projection, but it felt like a hologram.

A curiosity from the expo floor – this is a cut-out combined with a projection, but it felt like a hologram.

Our main purpose at the conference though, is not to present, but to learn from others.  Joanna, for example, not only sat in on sessions about the nuts and bolts of collections registration and storage, but also attended programs that took a broader look at collecting strategies, audience engagement, and exhibit design within the framework of the theme of diversity and inclusion. Several speakers tackled issues of collecting and exhibiting traumatic history, recent events, and “risky” topics, issues we all wrestle with.  She quoted one speaker whose advice was “steal and adapt”: that is, when faced with a problem, we can look to our fellow museums for guidance, since it’s likely one of them has already encountered the same problem.  Joanna pointed out that diversity of types of museums in attendance at AAM is one of this conference’s great strengths, and it reminds herthat we don’t have to go it alone.

The math of music from "Math Alive" at the St. Louis Science Center.

The math of music from “Math Alive” at the St. Louis Science Center.

Speaking of museum diversity, it was on full display both in the projects highlighted in the sessions and in the venues for the evening events.  AAM’s award for excellence went to “Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration” at the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum in Philadelphia.  It is a bold concept, dramatically designed – can’t wait to see it.  In St. Louis itself, the stand-out project for me was “#1 in Civil Rights” at the Missouri History Museum – featuring the ACTivist in Action program, a unique fusion of theater and exhibit in one seamless experience.  A close runner-up for innovation was the “Math Alive” traveling exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center (I missed it during its premiere at the Smithsonian in 2012 – it appears to be holding up well for a five year old exhibit).  And perhaps the most impressive venue for the conference was the Missouri Botanic Garden, not just in terms of scale and beauty, but in the cleverness of its design.

From the venues to the sessions to the expo floor, we packed our bags full of new ideas to bring back to JMM.

The Japanese Garden at the  Missouri Botanic Garden

The Japanese Garden at the Missouri Botanic Garden

The Mediterranean Garden at the Missouri Botanic Garden

The Mediterranean Garden at the Missouri Botanic Garden

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