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Roman Vishniac. In Focus: 1922-2022 (Day 2)

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Zoom, Online

The Magnes Collection, in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Center for Jewish Studies, presents “Roman Vishniac. In Focus: 1922-2022.” celebrating the reopening of The Magnes and the richness of the Roman Vishniac Archive.

This 2-day event combines an Open House (May 1) featuring “A Glimpse of Vishniac,” a digital display of photographs of Jewish life from Eastern and Central Europe from before World War II, as well as a day-long virtual Symposium (May 2) with internationally acclaimed scholars discussing the historical context and content of Vishniac’s photographs.

Over the last century, some Jewish worlds have been irretrievably lost while other Jewish worlds have been born anew. Roman Vishniac was a participant in, observer and photographic chronicler of many of these events. His work forms the context for this event and Monday’s symposium topics focusing on the Jewish lives Vishniac captured in interwar Eastern Europe, Weimar Germany, and in the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War in Israel. The photographic images Roman Vishniac took in all three places provide a counterpoint to debates about identity and belonging that once dominated public life and the reverberations of these debates that continue to ring out in our own day.

 

Monday, May 2nd | Online Symposium | Annual Diller Lecture

Welcome  |  9:30-10:00am

Introductions and Opening Remarks
John Efron Koret Professor of Jewish History at Berkeley; Faculty Director, The Magnes Collection and Center for Jewish Studies
Francesco Spagnolo Curator, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Music

 

Vishniac’s Workshop: The Polish Republic and Weimar Germany  |  10:00-11:30am

The Pre-war World of East European Jewry
Samuel KassowCharles H. Northam Professor of History at Trinity College

Vishniac’s Weimar Germany: East European Jewish Culture in Berlin
Michael BrennerAbensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director, Center for Israel Studies, American University; Professor of Jewish History and Culture at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich

Moderator: John Efron Koret Professor of Jewish History at Berkeley; Faculty Director, The Magnes Collection and Center for Jewish Studies


Lunch Break
  |  11:30am-1:00pm


Roman Vishniac and His Work
  |  1:00-2:30pm

Roman Vishniac’s Photographs of East European Jews: An Odyssey of Memory
Jeffrey Shandler Professor of Jewish Studies, Rutgers

Grandfather Roman: A 19th Century Naturalist and 20th Century Photographer
Benjamin Schiff Emeritus Professor of Politics, Oberlin College

Moderator: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and a Magnes Scholarly Advisor


Break
  |  2:30-3:00pm


Vishniac: From Berlin to Jerusalem
  |  3:00-4:30pm

Roman Wischniak. The Berlin Years
Aubrey Pomerance Head of Archives of the Jewish Museum Berlin

Vishniac in Israel
Rebekka Grossmann 

Moderator: Francesco Spagnolo Curator, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Music


Generously funded by the Center for Jewish Studies Annual Diller Lecture and Taube Philanthropies, this event is free and the public is invited to join virtually, adhering to campus COVID-19 guidance.

For more information about this event, including how to register, please visit the event website.

Details

Date:
May 2
Time:
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Website:
https://magnes.berkeley.edu/program/in-focus-roman-vishniac-1922-2022/

Organizers

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies

Venue

Zoom, Online