Zap! Pow! Bam! Opens with a Bang!

Posted on January 28th, 2013 by

A blog post by Visitor Services Coordinator Abby Krolik.

Zap! Pow! Bam! opened with a bang at the JMM this weekend! I was so excited to finally see the completed exhibit last Thursday after watching them bring in all the crates and boxes and hearing strange noises emerge from the Feldman Gallery. And this weekend, the general public finally got to see it too.

78 very special people attended our preview night on Saturday, and a whopping 175 people came on Sunday! We had several mini Supermans, Supergirls, Spidermans (even though he’s only Silver Age, not Golden Age), and Batmans running around, squealing with delight over the exhibit, the free candy, and our guest of honor: Batman! (You can hear more about our suspenseful search for Batman when Rachel Cylus writes her blog post.)

All in all, a wonderful opening weekend was had by all, and we look forward to seeing more visitors’ faces light up when they see the exhibit!

I cannot explain sufficiently just how difficult it was to pick out my favorite photos from the mass of photos of impossibly cute children in costumes, so I’ll leave you with just 3 cute ones and a fourth one of some staff members/volunteers with Batman.

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Be A Super Hero: Part-Time Museum Educators at the JMM

Posted on January 20th, 2013 by

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has part-time Museum Educator positions available! The Museum Educator will be expected to give a variety of tours   to a wide range of school audiences. This spring, the galleries will house the Voices of Lombard Street exhibitZap, Pow, Bam and The Synagogue Speaks.  Museum Educators will  also help facilitate education programs in our exhibition galleries.  In addition to facilitating school groups, the Museum Educator will help with the creation of developmentally  appropriate activities that are relevant to our exhibits and our historic sites.  Museum Educators will also have opportunities to  lead general  public tours.  Museum Educators will be paid at the rate of $15.00 per hour.

Please email Education Director Ilene Dackman-Alon at idackmanalon@jewishmuseummd.org to apply. Include the subject line: Museum Educator Positions and attach a resume, cover letter, and three references.

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Time to get SUPER at the JMM!

Posted on January 9th, 2013 by

A blog post by Program Manager Rachel Cylus.

It has been one year since I began working at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and in that year I have learned a lot about… food.  Basically if I described my job to most people it would sound like I work in a food museum or some type of community restaurant.  We have organized taste tests, food demos, cooking competitions, programs about the history of foods and food traditions – all in all it has been a delicious year.

But just as all good meals must come to an end (generally with some kind of tasty dessert), so must all good exhibits.  And now it’s time to switch gears from working in a food museum to working in a Superhero museum.  Lucky me!

Step one of working in a Superhero Museum – Read up on superheroes.  Ok, maybe I needed some help with this one (nods to Rachel Kassman, and her comic book library).

Step two – Talk to superhero experts.  To successfully complete this task, several of us took a field trip to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM), located just across the inner harbor from the JMM at 301 West Camden Street.  GEM was started by Steve Geppi, a local entrepreneur and comic book aficionado.  He is also a comic book publisher and distributor.  Basically everything you could ever hope to learn about comic books is located within the walls of GEM, not to mention all types of other pop culture memorabilia, and a hall of fame of local Baltimore heroes.  (Fun fact: I learned that the flat bottom ice cream cone was invented in Baltimore.  See, I am still preoccupied with food facts!)  The docent at GEM was kind enough to show us around the museum and put me in touch with the museum’s curator Andy Hershberger who put me in touch with the former curator, Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg.

Dr. Blumberg is – get this – a professor of comic books and zombies (seriously, he teaches courses on these subjects at UMBC and University of Baltimore. Amazing!)

Step three – Contact a real live superhero.  It’s not every day that you make a phone call at work and the person on the other line answers, “Hello, Batman speaking.”  But that is truly what happened when I phoned Lenny Robinson (oh no, first rule of superheroes has been breached – never discuss the superhero’s real world alter ego).  Robinson is a Baltimorean who visits charities, hospitals, and other events around the country as the Caped Crusader himself.

With the JMM’s transformation into the Jewish Museum of All Things Superheroes nearly complete, we invite you to get in on the fun (particularly steps 2 and 3 of becoming a Superhero Museum)  In just a few weeks we will open the exhibit ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 – 1950, and everyone is invited!  We will be holding two opening events.  On Saturday, January 26th from 7-9pm, we will have an exclusive members-only preview event of ZAP! POW! BAM!  Meet Dr. Blumberg and hear from him all about the history of comic books and how they have informed his life’s work.  If you want to attend this event, but you are not yet a member, never fear, Sue Foard our membership coordinator is here to save the day!!!  You can contact her at sfoard@jewishmuseummd.org or call 410-732-6400 ext. 220.

At the public opening on Sunday, January 27th, the exhibit will be open from 10am – 5pm.  From 11am – 1pm you can meet BATMAN (in his Batmobile, weather permitting)!  This event is free for members and free for kids in superhero costumes.  The event is included in the cost of admission for all other attendees.

We have lots of exciting programs planned for this spring, and we hope to see you here at the JMM to be super with us.

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