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Garden of Stones
Artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones is a permanent outdoor Memorial Garden employing stones, trees, and soil as its core elements. A series of 18 carefully selected boulders are installed throughout the garden. Each one has been hollowed out and holds a single sapling Dwarf Oak. As the trees have matured each has grown to become a part of the stone, its trunk fusing to the base. As a living memorial, the garden is a tribute to the hardship, struggle, tenacity, and survival experienced by those who endured the Holocaust.
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Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage
February 4, 2014 – May 18, 2014
This exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community of Iraq in a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, and the National Archives’ ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.
The exhibit was created by the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC, with support from the Department of State.
Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941
On view starting May 21, 2013
Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews in flight from Nazi persecution sought haven in the United States, reaching out to relatives, friends, and even strangers. Against the Odds tells the story of American Jews who answered their call for help. Working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, these generous individuals overcame tremendous obstacles to help many of the refugees reach safety.
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This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Bruce Ratner; Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education; William Bernhard and Catherine Cahill; The Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation, Inc.; The Overbrook Foundation; The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; The David Berg Foundation; Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation; Peter Josten; Robert Bernhard; Joan Morgenthau Hirschhorn; and The Arthur Loeb Foundation.
Hava Nagila: A Song for the People
On view through April 20, 2014
Hava Nagila: A Song for the People uses engaging imagery, video, music, and imaginative design to tell the little-known history of the wordless melody from Ukraine that became the theme song for Jewish celebrations around the world. The exhibition traces the song’s hundred-year journey from a shtetl in Eastern Europe, to communities of early Jewish settlers to Palestine, to the banquet halls of America where it remains a centerpiece of both communal memory and popular culture.
The Museum is actively seeking photographs and digital images of people dancing, performing, or listening to the song for possible inclusion in the project and related materials. Upload your material through Pinterest or Tumblr or e-mail Alice Rubin at email@example.com to submit by e-mail.
Hava Nagila: A Song for the People was created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and was made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Pickman Exhibition Fund, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Priscilla and Harold Grabino, and the Nartel Family Foundation.
The exhibition is designed by Situ Studio and MTWTF and features an exhibition film by Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain.
Carpet tiles generously provided by FLOR. Media partner The Jewish Week.
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Keeping History Center / Voices of Liberty
Link history with the present using the latest technology in this award-winning installation. While enjoying breathtaking views of New York Harbor, explore Voices of Liberty, a digital soundscape composed of stories about arriving on American shores or seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. Come add your story, too. Investigate the intersection of art, memory, and time with Timekeeper, a virtual exploration of Andy Goldsworthy’s stunning memorial Garden of Stones.
The Keeping History Center, dedicated by Morton Pickman in memory of Morris and Fannie Pickman, is made possible by a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Center is designed by the award-winning firms C&G Design and Potion.
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