Date(s) - 27/10/2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Rising from the Rubble: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Public Lecture by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews 2015 Kronhill Visiting Scholar
Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and prewar Jewish neighbourhood, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews completes the memorial complex. At the monument, we honour those who died by remembering how they died. At the museum, we honour them – and those who came before and after – by remembering how they lived. Since POLIN Museum opened the building in April 2013, almost a million visitors have passed through its doors. This lecture explores the creation of POLIN Museum and its multimedia narrative exhibition, a journey of a thousand years, and it potential to be an agent of transformation that can move an entire society forward.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She is in Australia as Kronhill Visiting Scholar.
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), and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (with Jeffrey Shandler).
She received an award for lifetime achievement by 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.
Tuesday 27 October, 7.30pm
H1.16 Monash Caulfield
Admission Free; No prior bookings