Posted on March 24th, 2011 by Jennifer
The party just keeps getting better!
Purim Pandemonium 2011 (this past Saturday) hit a new high this year with over 160 attendees (closer to 170 when you count in the staff, and since we had as much fun as anyone, I say we count.)
The lead up to Purim Pandemonium took a lot out of us. With a theme like “Heroes & Villains” it’s impossible to do anything in a subtle way. We went big with the décor, filling our event space with scenic flats depicting the places where heroes and villains could do their best….or their worst.
That's me, painting sets a couple of weeks before the event.
But the work was worth it. The JMM was transformed.
A few hours before the event -- the decorations are mostly in place.
The decorations looked great on their own (I might be a little biased on that account, but some unbiased observers agreed, so I’m sticking to ‘looked great.’) but they looked better when the heroes and villains actually arrived.
Jobi shivering in front of the amazingly realistic frozen tundra!
We started with a few guests here and there, but before too long the few became a crowd.
Every kind of hero and villain showed up:
a couple of Batmans to take care of the abundance of villains,
- Photo by Will Kirk
a visitor from a galaxy far, far away,
Photo by Will Kirk
and less obvious characters.
Notice the football jerseys on the women in the middle of the crowd -- which one's your hero and which one's your villain? Photo by Will Kirk
The JMM hosted cowboys and devils, Quailman and numerous masked robbers, Ms. Frizzle and “Innocent Bystanders,” not to mention Daria and Abby Sciuto.
Me as Abby Sciuto
If the endless dancing was any indication everyone had a good time. At one point the crowd even broke into a coordinated dance routine….well mostly coordinated….
Spontaneous (somewhat) dance routine. Photo by Will Kirk
Everyone also had the opportunity to see our current art exhibition “Loring Cornish: In Each Other’s Shoes.”
Photo by Will Kirk
We took the groans of despair when we turned off the music at the end of the night as another indication that everyone had a good time.
And the best part is that the good times don’t end here. Instead of waiting for Purim Pandemonium 2012, we will be holding a series of young adult programs starting in July. http:///www.jewishmuseummd.org/youngadult Check it out!
Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Rachel
The Baltimore Jewish Times publishes unidentified photographs from the collection of Jewish Museum of Maryland each week. If you can identify anyone in these photos and more information about them, contact Jobi Zink, Senior Collections Manager and Registrar at 410.732.6400 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Date run in Baltimore Jewish Times: 12/24/10 PastPerfect Accession #: 2009.040.5198
Status: Identified! Cast of a play posing with a Haman mask, c. 1948-1949 Clockwise: Helen Sherman (Hyman), Paul Bergan, Rikki Spector, Tmimah Sibel, Charles Venick, Ronald Krome, Janet Levitan (Feinberg)
Special thanks to: Nelson & Helen Hyman, Carole Sibel, Janet Feinberg, Judy Chernak, Alvin Bard
Posted on March 2nd, 2011 by elena
One of the benefits of working at a small museum is that we each have the opportunity to wear many hats. It’s how I became the graphic designer. And the web master. And part of the social media team. Our days are full of little extra things that keep the job interesting.
One of those things is helping to move travelling exhibits. The wonderful Community Outreach Coordinator Rachael Binning is responsible for finding homes across the state (and, possibly, the country) for the exhibitions curated and created by the JMM. This is quite a task, it involves a lot of research, emails, and phone calls. I can say that because our desks are next to each other.
This past week we installed Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther, an exhibit of work by artist JT Waldman, curated by the Jewish Museum of Maryland. On Tuesday Rachael (from hereon known as Toodles to differentiate her from Rachel Kassman) drove to DC in a giant van with the work. We unloaded everything at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and then treated ourselves to Chinese food and frozen yogurt.
On Thursday night, Jennifer Vess (Archivist), Rachel Kassman (Photo Archivist), Toodles and I stayed after work to help with the 18 Stones Book Signing & Reception at the Museum. It was here that we learned that (unsurprisingly, I guess) challah with sweet butter and chocolate sprinkles is delicious.
After the program we left for DC, with a stop at Target on the way (to buy an airmattress. And a few blouses). We arrived in DC at Toodles’ house, quickly snuggled her dog Wednesday, and then headed to Ted’s Bulletin for dinner. Now, there are two points that need clarification. 1) We decided to all stay at Toodles’ house Thursday night so that we could get up and begin installing first thing Friday. 2) We chose Ted’s because they have adult milkshakes.
Mmmmm… adult milkshakes, burgers, and more! This was a good dinner out. After dinner we went back to the house, took Wednesday on a long walk, admired the architecture of Capitol Hill, and then knitted and watched movies.
Early the next morning we got moving, got breakfast, and arrived at Sixth & I. Here is where I stop to say the most sincere thank you I can muster to Cecilio, the hanging genius/madman that helped us hang. He was a precise hanging machine and we’d still be there, crying in the corner, exhibition unfinished, if not for him. We all divided up tasks– hanging, condition reporting, putting up the giant decal that took 10 years off my life. And amazingly, it went up!
Throughout the process, we took a lot of photos with my DSLR and the end product was (what we think is) an awesome stop-motion video.
Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther from Jewish Museum of Maryland on Vimeo.
Afterwards we rewarded ourselves with much deserved frozen yogurt. Be sure to stop by Sixth & I to see the exhibit through April 29!