Jewish Art and Rituals in Context
Fall 2012 not offered
HEST 228, RELI 482, HIST 212
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, Jewish and Israel Studies, International Relations
|Course Cluster: Service-Learning
This course covers the history of Judaica. Although it will look at the early sources of ceremonial arts in antiquity and the Middle Ages, it will focus on Jewish art since the Renaissance and until modern times. The halakhic, or legal requirements, in Jewish law for Judaica are one context for understanding the objects; the second is their relationship to the forms and style of similar pieces of the decorative arts in the period of their creation.
The goal of the course is to give students an understanding of the range of ceremonial art used in the practice of Judaism and how individual works were fashioned out of a creative tension between the minimal demands of Jewish law and models in the art of surrounding cultures. Another aim is to enable students to analyze a work visually and to connect the work to others that are similar in style and form.
The course will result in an exhibition curated at the Congregation Adath Israel.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
GARDENS & GHETTOS: THE ART OF JEWISH LIFE IN ITALY
IM ISRAEL MUSEUM
JM JEWISH MUSEUM, NEW YORK
JJA JOURNAL OF JEWISH ART
Masterworks: M. Berger & J. Rosenbaum, MASTERWORKS OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM (NY and New Haven, 2004)
G. Sed-Rajna, JEWISH ART (New York, 1996)
|Examinations and Assignments:
One illustrated oral report focused on works in the collection from Adath Israel, a 15-20 pp. research paper on the topic of the oral report.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Attendance is required.
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