The North Carolina Museum of Art and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies will be hosting the Wandering Objects symposium to discuss the changing meanings of Jewish ritual objects and material culture.
The three-day event will consist of academic panels with scholars who study different aspects of Jewish material culture around the world and two round tables – one with collectors of Jewish ceremonial art and one with well-known curators of Jewish material culture.
“We came to this collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art because I was taking my Jewish material culture classes and visited the museum for the Judaic art gallery that they have there each year,” Gabrielle Berlinger, a professor in the Department of American Studies and Folklore, said.
NCMA Deputy Director for Art and Curator of American and Modern Art John Coffey said the symposium will look at how Jewish material culture is collected and interpreted.
“One of the reasons for this project was to get the principal collectors, curators and academics together, people who are intimately involved in Jewish material culture, to talk about the field and where it is going in the future,” Coffey said. “The Judaic art gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art is serving as a model for other general art museums in the collecting of Jewish ceremonial art.”