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The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times is the first work to analyze modern Jewry's engagement with the arts as a whole, including music, theater, dance, film, museums, architecture, painting, sculpture, and more. Taken together, the essays in this volume entertain the hypothesis that the modern Jewish experience has in some sense been a pointedly artistic one.In exploring the role of artistic expression in Jewish self-definition and various styles of contemporary Jewishness, this book works with a broad conception of what counts as art and attends to the organized contexts in which art of all kinds is made. What roles have commerce and politics played in shaping Jewish artistic agendas? Who determines the Jewishness of art and for what purposes? What role has aesthetics played in reshaping religious traditions and rituals?The essays range geographically from the United States and Europe to Israel and take up such subjects as Yiddish theater and film; visual artists such as Ben Shahn, R.B. Kitaj, Ben Katchor, Max Liebermann, and Mark Antokol'skii; music forms such as Tin Pan Alley, Israeli popular music, liturgical composition; Jewish architectural presence at the New York World's Fair and Tel-Aviv as the first Hebrew city; and the way the Holocaust figures in film, the framing of Nazi art loot, and the fate of a Jewish dance critic in Nazi Germany.This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the challenges of modernity. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world--or, alternatively, an art of being modern in the Jewish world--and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.

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This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the challenges of modernity. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world-or, alternatively, an art to being modern in the Jewish world-and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.

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The wide-ranging portrayal of modern Jewishness in artistic terms invites scrutiny into the relationship between creativity and the formation of Jewish identity and into the complex issue of what makes a work of art uniquely Jewish. Whether it is the provenance of the artist, as in the case of popular Israeli singer Zehava Ben, the intention of the iconography, as in Ben Shahn's antifascist paintings, or the utopian ideals of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, clearly no single formula for defining Jewish art in the diaspora will suffice.The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times is the first work to analyze modern Jewry's engagement with the arts as a whole, including music, theater, dance, film, museums, architecture, painting, sculpture, and more. Working with a broad conception of what counts as art, the book asks the following questions: What roles have commerce and politics played in shaping Jewish artistic agendas? Who determines the Jewishness of art and for what purposes? What role has aesthetics played in reshaping religious traditions and rituals?This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the various challenges of modernity, including cultural adaptation and self-preservation, economic diversification, and ritual transformation. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world--or, alternatively, an art to being modern in the Jewish world--and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812240023
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Subject:
Judaism - General
Editor:
Karp, Jonathan
Editor:
Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbara
Author:
Karp, Jonathan
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Arts, Jewish - 20th century
Subject:
Jews - Identity - 20th century
Subject:
Jews -- Identity.
Series:
Jewish Culture and Contexts
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
449
Dimensions:
9.26x6.56x1.42 in. 2.02 lbs.

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Product details 449 pages University of Pennsylvania Press - English 9780812240023 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the challenges of modernity. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world-or, alternatively, an art to being modern in the Jewish world-and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.
"Synopsis" by , The wide-ranging portrayal of modern Jewishness in artistic terms invites scrutiny into the relationship between creativity and the formation of Jewish identity and into the complex issue of what makes a work of art uniquely Jewish. Whether it is the provenance of the artist, as in the case of popular Israeli singer Zehava Ben, the intention of the iconography, as in Ben Shahn's antifascist paintings, or the utopian ideals of the Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair, clearly no single formula for defining Jewish art in the diaspora will suffice.The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times is the first work to analyze modern Jewry's engagement with the arts as a whole, including music, theater, dance, film, museums, architecture, painting, sculpture, and more. Working with a broad conception of what counts as art, the book asks the following questions: What roles have commerce and politics played in shaping Jewish artistic agendas? Who determines the Jewishness of art and for what purposes? What role has aesthetics played in reshaping religious traditions and rituals?This richly illustrated volume illuminates how the arts have helped Jews confront the various challenges of modernity, including cultural adaptation and self-preservation, economic diversification, and ritual transformation. There truly is an art to being Jewish in the modern world--or, alternatively, an art to being modern in the Jewish world--and this collection fully captures its range, diversity, and historical significance.
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