This program will explore a remarkable group of American Jewish modern dancers living and working in New York City during the first half of the twentieth century. It is a story about the ways children established of immigrants envisioned themselves as Americans during a period marked by intense political and economic tensions, the physical and spiritual loss of world Jewry’s center, and profound transformations in Jewish culture. It takes us from the Lower East Side, to Brooklyn, to Union Square, to the Martha Graham Dance Company, and major performance venues around the country. And it explores the intersection Jewish lives and a medium that empowered practitioners to communicate with authority about politics, identity, and sexuality – unconstrained by existing gender conventions.
Dr. Josh Perelman, Chief Curator & Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation, is a member of the Museum’s senior team and oversees NMAJH’s exhibitions and education departments as well as its artifact collection. With over two decades in museums, education, and public history, Josh dedicated himself to presenting history, culture, and art in meaningful and unexpected ways. He has curated award-winning special exhibitions for NMAJH, launched the Museum’s national curriculum, and served as chief curator for the landmark core exhibition that inaugurated NMAJH’s new building on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Recent curatorial projects include 1917: How One Year Changed the World, Richard Avedon: Family Affairs, and To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom; co-curator for Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and Sara Berman’s Closet with Maira and Alex Kalman. Josh holds a dual PhD in Jewish Studies and American History from NYU.
Kol Shalom members: $18.00 – per participant
Non members: $22.00 – per participant