Kiki Smith to Appear With Dr. Alexander Nagel at The Jewish Museum, 1/17
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by BWW News Desk
A conversation program with acclaimed artist Kiki Smith and Dr. Alexander Nagel of the Institute of Fine Arts responding to the medieval manuscripts in the current exhibition, Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, will take place on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm at The Jewish Museum. In Writers & Artists Respond: Kiki Smith and Dr. Alexander Nagel, Smith and Nagel will use their individual artistic and research practices to frame the discussion. =Nagel's most recently published work, Medieval Modern: Art out of Time (2012, Thames and Hudson), will be available for purchase in the Museum's Cooper Shop after the event. This program continues Writers and Artists Respond, a series of thought provoking discussions and performances by artists, musicians and writers in The Jewish Museum's galleries.
Tickets for the January 17 conversation are FREE with Museum admission. A limited number of stools will be provided to attendees on a first come-first served basis. For further information, the public may visit TheJewishMuseum.org/publicprograms.
Kiki Smith. Photo courtesy Kiki Smith Studio and Pace Gallery, 2011
England's Bodleian Library at Oxford University, established by Sir Thomas Bodley in 1602 and now the largest of the University's group of 'Bodleian Libraries', is renowned for its great treasures. Among them is one of the most important collections of medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts in the world. The Jewish Museum is presenting Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries through February 3, 2013. This exhibition features over 60 works - Hebrew, Arabic, and Latin manuscripts - the majority of which have never been seen in the United States. Several paintings and printed books are also on view. Included is the splendid Kennicott Bible, the most lavishly illuminated Hebrew Bible to survive from medieval Spain, as well as two works in the hand of Maimonides, one of the most prominent Jewish philosophers and rabbinic authorities. This exhibition is based on Crossing Borders: Hebrew Manuscripts as a Meeting-place of Cultures co-curated by Piet van Boxel and Sabine Arndt for The Bodleian Library. The New York City presentation has been organized by The Jewish Museum's Curator Claudia Nahson.
Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Major annual support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.