Wednesday October 16, 7 pm, Ringsmuth Auditorium
[Book signing to be held after the lecture]
Dr. Vivian Mann is director of the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary. For many years, Dr. Mann was Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at The Jewish Museum, where she created numerous exhibitions and their catalogs Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy; Convivencia: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain; and, most recently, Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land. She is the author of Jewish Texts on the Visual Arts (2000, Cambridge University Press) and Art and Ceremony in Jewish Life: Essays in the History of Jewish Art (2005, Pindar Press). In 2010, Dr. Mann curated the exhibition Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), and helped produce the accompanying catalog.
In 1999, Dr. Mann was awarded the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Jewish Thought by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for her successful efforts at establishing a new field of Jewish studies (Jewish art) and the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at JTS. Dr. Mann is a founding editor of Images: A Journal in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, the first American journal in the field.