The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography

September 23, 2005 – January 29, 2006

A trailer for a documentary film entitled, Judaism and Race by Shari Rothfarb and Avishai Mekonen, sponsored by the Institute for Jewish & Community Research, is part of The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography at the Jewish Museum.

Through photographs and video works by distinguished contemporary artists, The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography explores the remarkable racial, social, and ethnic diversity of Jews in the United States today.

The Jewish Museum has commissioned ten projects from thirteen photographers and video artists who have collaborated with individuals, families, and organizations across the U.S. to create images that portray the complexity of Jewish identity today. The works of art in the exhibition raise questions about photography’s ability to represent cultural identity while examining the breadth and challenges posed by the multiplicity of the American Jewish experience.

The faces of American Jews are as varied as the face of America. Thus the exhibition serves to question stereotypes, challenge traditional assumptions, and look at issues of racism and anti-Semitism in America.

The Jewish Museum, NYC
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