Sunday, November 25, 2012

(USA) Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews-Exhibit at UCLA Fowler Museum

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

For those who may be visiting Southern California between now and March 10, 2013 you may find of interest a new exhibit at The Fowler Museum- Lucas Gallery at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles): Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews. The exhibit tells the story of one of the oldest Jewish communities which dates back nearly 2,700 years since the first Jews exiled from Jerusalem to Babylonia settled in the Persian sphere. Over a hundred objects, including archaeological artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, Judaica and amulets, paintings, and photographs demonstrate the long, complicated, and vibrant history of Iranian Jews. The exhibit includes from the crypto-Jewish community of Mashhad whose residents were forced to convert to Islam in the mid 1800's, a pair of miniature phylacteries, designed to fit beneath a man's Muslim head-covering.  The exhibit continues in the Fowler Museum Goldenberg Galleria, where the exhibition focuses on the twentieth century and ends with Hasan Sarbakhshian's photographs of Jews remaining in Iran--of which today there are at least 25,000 practicing Jews-- and installations by artists Shelley Gazin and Jessica Shokrian about the dynamic community of Iranian Jews in Los Angeles.

Genealogy includes the study of the culture, society and artifacts of our ancestors. This exhibit depicts those areas for the Persian Jewish Community.

This exhibition was created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel.

To read more about the exhibit go to: http://tinyurl.com/8pvbjon
original url:
http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/light-and-shadows-story-iranian-jews

The Fowler Museum is also selling a book on the exhibit-more can be read
about the book at:
http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/publications/light-and-shadows-story-iranian-jews

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President

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