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New York City, USA, 2007. xviii, 170 pp., illustrations: 82 col., 32 b&w, 28.5 × 22 cm. English.
American Folk Art Museum (2 October 2007–23 March 2008)
The journey of Jewish woodcarvers and other artisans from Eastern and Central Europe to America, and the resulting connection between carved wooden synagogue furnishings in the Old World and carved wooden carousel horses (and other animals) in the New. Introductory essay by Vivian B. Mann describes relevant forms of Jewish folk art (synagogue architecture, wall decorations, and tombstones) that developed in Eastern Europe and were transplanted to America. Central essay by Murray Zimiles focuses on Jewish life in the New World, its synagogues, and its carvers (both synagogue and carousel). Tombstones and papercuts figure prominently as comparative material. Detailed descriptions of illustrated objects. No itemized listing.
Exhibition postcard, 22.8 × 10.2 cm; Collection of press articles related to the exhibition; Article on the exhibition by Murray Zimiles, Folk Art, Magazine of the American Folk Art Museum, Fall 2007, pp. 42–51; Promotional material for “The Synagogue & the Carousel. Polish Wooden Synagogues, A Heritage Destroyed. American Folk Art, A Tradition Enriched”, a video production by Murray Zimiles offered as a one-hour television documentary, including historical text, detailed description of the production, and b&w images. 71 pp. (incl. 40 pp. of illustrations), 28 × 21.8 cm.
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., USA (24 May–1 September 2008)