Raise the Roof – Film Screening followed by Q&A with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

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Date(s) - 01/11/2015
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Classic Cinema

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Special Event Film Screening

Raise the Roof
USA , 2015

The synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, the Browns grapple not just with the echoes of World War II when these buildings were destroyed by the Nazis, but also with warped timbers, tricky paints, and period hand tools. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world. In 2014, the Gwozdziec roof was unveiled as the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.






Photo credit: Copyright 2014 Trillium Studios

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with ACJC Kronhill Visiting Scholar Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, who acted as a consultant on Raise the Roof.

Hi-resMarta KusmierPhoto Credit: Marta Kusmier

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, senior advisor to POLIN Museum’s director, and the museum’s liaison for international affairs. She is a member of the Board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the non-profit organization in Poland that initiated the creation of POLIN Museum, produced the core exhibition, and raised the funds to do so. She is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. Her books include Destination Culture: Tourism, Museums, and Heritage; Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust (with Mayer Kirshenblatt), The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (with Jonathan Karp): and Anne Frank Unbound: Media Imagination, and Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler.  She received an award for lifetime achievement from the Foundation for Jewish Culture; an honorary doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from the President of Poland. She currently serves on Advisory Boards for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Council of American Jewish Museums, Vienna Jewish Museum, Berlin Jewish Museum, and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow.


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A special event Film Screening Co-presented with Jewish International Film FestivalPrint


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