Visual and Material Culture: Course

A variety of Jewish identities in art

Steinberg Ronit, Dr., Semester 1, Sunday, 16:30-18:00
Steinberg Ronit, Dr., Semester 2, Sunday, 16:30-18:00
During recent years, a multicultural worldview inspires a renewed interest in Jewish affiliated art. The Sukkah City design competition, held in Manhattan at 2010 achieved an extreme number of artistic proposals and stimulated the consciousness towards Jewish art.In this course we will examine the mutual relationships between art and Judaism. We will question the possibility and furthermore the legitimacy to characterize art by either ethnic origin, religion or nationality and will focus on the term Jewish art. 19th century artworks will serve us as a mirror to indicate valid identity conflicts going on currently. Art dealing with the Holocaust will be introduced and we will also compare the artistic events in American Jewry with the existing artistic scene in Israel. This course will also refer to contemporary art and the significant presence of Feminist Religious art as well as to the influence of the social expression of Tikkun Olam on art.Since the base of this course is mainly artistic there is no religious background in demand.