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Mizrach to Maarav- Common Threads at B’nai Torah

Date/Time
Date(s) - October 11, 2018
7:00 pm


Living in the diaspora for 2,000 years, Jews have had a thriving visual culture. Taking a  global approach, this talk  considers Jewish ceremonial and secular objects, synagogue architecture, and manuscript illumination produced in the Islamic world – how did Jewish life in the diaspora inform their artistic output? How have Jews responded to and adapted their lived experiences among varied communities and cultures?

Ariel Fein is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art Department at Yale University, where she specializes in Byzantine and Islamic art.  Her current work focuses on cross – cultural exchange and artistic reception in the medieval Mediterranean.  Her dissertation investigates the artistic integration of Byzantine and Islamic art and its reception withinthe twelfth – century Norman church. Other academic interests include the study of epigraphy and the play of word and image, cultural memory in the post-Byzantine period, and cross-cultural exchange in the  Jewish visual tradition.

She received her MA with distinction in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, a BA in Art History from Barnard College, and a BA in Medieval Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Her dissertation work has received support from the  International Center for Medieval Art and the Mary Jaharis Center forByzantine Art and Culture.

A Common Threads Program
This program is a part of Common Threads, a community-wide series exploring our diverse ancestry and heritage in our Upper Fairfield County Jewish Community.
B’nai Torah is proud to join with the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy and 23 area congregations and agencies.

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