Posted on June 15th, 2016 by Rachel
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is about to embark on an exciting new project designed to honor our community’s Holocaust survivors. As part of the Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project, we are inviting artist Lori Schocket to spend the next two weeks with us as she facilitates a series of workshops for Holocaust survivors, descendants and their families. (Visit www.thehumanelementproject.com to learn more about similar projects that Lori has facilitated in other communities.)
Participants are asked to bring with them artifacts, including photographs and documents, that highlight their experiences before, during and after the Holocaust, as well as a written statement that summarizes their stories.
A collage from a previous workshop
During the workshops, which last between 2 ½ to 3 hours, Lori, along with a group of JMM staff members and volunteers, will assist participants as they share stories and incorporate the materials they have brought with them into collages on a 10” x 10” foam panel.
Previous workshop participants
Each collage will be reproduced onto a large metal framework that will become an art installation. The installation will be featured in the JMM’s upcoming Remembering Auschwitz: History, Holocaust, Humanity exhibition on display March 5-May 29, 2016.
Remembering Auschwitz also includes A Town Known As Auschwitz, an exhibition developed by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial To the Holocaust, and explores the pre-Holocaust history of the town, Oswiecim, where the camp was located.
Workshops take place the following dates, times and locations:
Sunday, June 19: Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 21202)
Monday, June 20: Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 21202)
Tuesday, June 21: Jewish Museum of Maryland (15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, 21202)
Sunday, June 26: JCC (5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 21215 – In the Community Room)
Monday, June 27: JCC (5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 21215 – In the Community Room)
Tuesday, June 28: JCC (5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, 21215 – In the Community Room)
Another sample collage
We are pleased to partner with so many different organizations on this project including the Human Element Project, Baltimore Jewish Council, Jewish Communal Services, Center for Jewish Education and the JCC.
Please contact me at 410-732-6400 x236 / firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for a workshop.
Posted on April 20th, 2016 by Rachel
Planning for a new JMM core exhibition took a big step forward yesterday with the convening of a planning charrette. (Charrette, the French word for “cart”, refers to an intensive planning session that involves group brainstorming around a set of questions or problems – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charrette ).
Participants included members of the JMM board and lay leaders who are members of our Program Committee as well as museum professionals and consultants, drawn from the fields of exhibition design and audience engagement. Over the course of three hours, group members shared memorable museum exhibition experiences and discussed strategies for creating meaningful core exhibit experiences.
The bulk of the time was spent in small group discussions where participants addressed a series of questions relating to “balance” and “tools”. Conversation on such topics as how one exhibit can meet the needs of diverse audiences (Maryland natives vs. tourists / Jewish vs. non-Jewish / students in groups vs. adults vs. families) and how to integrate the voices of visitors into the exhibition’s design dominated the first breakout session. The second session focused on more concrete tools for conveying content such as how to make effective use of archives and objects and how can we incorporate appropriate technology to enhance exhibit content.
Members from each group faithfully recorded observations and comments on flip chart sheets.
that were then posted on the walls of the room for everyone in the entire group to view. Participants were encouraged to use stickers to note the comments that they felt were most important including statements such as “Don’t forget the importance of Wow!” “Make sure that the exhibit is flexible and can be changed to keep people coming back”, “Resist the urge to show everything”, “The best exhibits are experiences and invite exploration and journeys”.
Museum staff came away feeling energized by all the wonderful ideas and insights (and perhaps also slightly daunted by the challenges we still face in creating an innovative core exhibition that captures the full scope of Maryland Jewish history in a dynamic fashion). The exhibition is slated to open in 2019 so obviously, we are still just in the preliminary stages. Stay tuned for more!
A blog post by Deputy Director Deborah Cardin. To read more posts from Deborah click HERE.
Posted on March 18th, 2016 by Rachel
Today’s JMM Insights features our quarterly highlights of fictional messages to visitor services manager, Graham Humphrey. Any resemblance to real people is pure coincidence. Hey, it’s almost Purim.
We do have one real announcement to share however. We have rescheduled our Annual Meeting. The new date for the Annual Meeting is Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Our featured speaker will be Dr. Jay Perman, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
I visited the Museum last month, but was so disappointed to find out that the Paul Simon exhibit about my buddy had closed. What is the next exhibit you’ll have and how long will it run?
Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America opened on March 13 and will remain at the Museum until January 16th, 2017. Inside, you’ll find interactive activities, multimedia effects and more than 400 artifacts, documents and images. You will get to journey through the worlds of health in the mid-20th century, from med school to the doctor’s office, hospital, pharmacy –and even a trip to the gym. You can also experience hands-on encounters with medicine and ethics, explore stories at the juncture of science and culture and examine the links between traditions and contemporary practices. Please visit our website, http://chickensoupexhibit.org/, to learn more. You’ll have the option of buying tickets in advance by visiting https://jmm.tixato.com/buy. However, advance tickets are not required and you can still buy them when you arrive at the Museum.
Can’t wait to see you!
OK, what is this I hear about books from overseas being imported into an exhibit about American medicine! First it was undocumented foreigners, now its foreign documents. Kindly explain yourself.
Dear Ms. Farmisht,
It is true that our exhibit on Jews and Medicine in America has rare manuscripts from the National Library of Israel, but there is a perfectly logical explanation. They are part of a collection originally gathered by Dr. Harry Friedenwald right here in Baltimore. Dr. Friedenwald was inspired by his father (both eye doctors) to explore the question of the connection between medicine and Jewish experience. His documents included Latin translations of Maimonedes and a medical diploma from an Italian renaissance university. Dr. Friedenwald gave his collection of hundreds of documents to the National Library of Israel in 1947. The NLI has sent JMM a few of these originals which we will display in a recreation of Dr. Friedenwald’s study
Some of the fabulous books the National Library of Israel has lent us.
I bought a Graceland CD and Paul Simon mug during the Paul Simon exhibit. What merchandise will you have in stock for the Medicine exhibit?
We had a great time shopping for this exhibit and we believe you will have a blast too browsing through our shop! We will sell medically themed trays, water bottles, coasters, storage tins, plates and greeting cards. We also have scientific flask style dishware, chemistry lab notebooks, posters and the newly published Beyond Chicken Soup exhibition catalogue. You can still purchase Paul Simon merchandise at a great discount such as journals, magnets, vinyl design clocks, folk music themed CDs. We even a few mugs left if you wished to purchase another for a friend! You may also notice one other addition to the shop as it has been renamed “Esther’s Place,” after our long time shop manager, Esther Weiner, who retired last year.
All this and more could be yours! Remember, JMM members get a 10% discount in the shop.
I see all this information your Beyond Chicken Soup exhibit. I have an award winning matzah ball soup recipe. Would you like my recipe?
Thank you for offering your matzah ball soup recipe, however the exhibit is more about the intersection of Jewish culture and medicine than about actual chicken soup. Yet, we will have a cook off in the fall…stay tuned for details. In the meantime, here are a few other programs coming up. This weekend, we’ll have a lecture by Dr. Edward Halperin on the Rise and Fall of the American Jewish Hospital. On April 6th, health professionals have the opportunity to network and learn more about the exhibit and then on April 17th, there will be a talk about the American Jews and the early Birth Control Movement.
Keep an eye on the calendar because this is another fun program coming up!
We are traveling a lot but we expect to be in Maryland in April. Our schedule is very busy these days –so we really would like to know more about your exhibit before we make a commitment to come and visit. Where can we find out more?
Hillary and Bernie
Dear Hillary and Bernie,
While nothing beats seeing the exhibit with your own eyes, we do have some really great background information at our special website: www.chickensoupexhibit.org. Try clicking on the “Explore” tab to learn more about each section of the exhibit (it’s also a great way to extend your experience after the visit). When the exhibit travels, we’ll be posting its upcoming schedule here too. Who knows, it might go to Washington, DC and maybe that will be a more convenient site for one of you.