Behind the Scenes of A Hanukkah Project

Hanukkah has arrived and with it another opportunity for The Jewish Museum to show off its tremendous collection of Hanukkah lamps. This year, curator Susan Braunstein teamed up with architect Daniel Libeskind to mount the exhibition A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire. As a curatorial assistant working in Judaica, I was able to [...]

Conserving Adolph Gottlieb’s Torah Ark Curtain

Created for the Congregation B’nai Israel synagogue in Millburn, New Jersey, Adolph Gottlieb‘s Torah Ark Curtain is decorated with symbols in a compartmentalized form, a scheme that the artist also used in his Pictograph paintings at the time. Gottlieb was inspired by forms and expressions associated with non-Western art as well as Jungian philosophy of the [...]

Happy Hanukkah

Joe Grand’s Galvanized Steel Candelabra is the hot menorah of the season, getting picked by The New York Times and National Public Radio in the last week. I love its cool combination of thrift and style, funk and elegance. Assembled from iron pipe fittings from Home Depot, the DIY attitude exudes the 21st century Hanukkah [...]