By Murray Zimiles, with an essay by Vivian B. Mann and a foreword by Gerard C. Wertkin. Waltham, Mass.: Brandeis University Press, an imprint of the University Press of New England, in association with the American Folk Art Museum, 2007. 192 pages, 112 black-and-white and full-color illustrations, hardcover.
From gilded lions to high-stepping horses, the sacred to the secular, and the Old World to the New, this book traces the journey of Jewish woodcarvers and other artisans from Eastern and Central Europe to America and the unsung role they played in establishing a distinct Jewish culture in communities throughout the United States. The exuberant artworks stand as a testament to a history of survival and transformation and provide a surprising revelation of the link that was forged between the synagogue and the carousel as immigrant Jewish artists transferred symbolic visual elements into this vernacular American idiom.
Catalog of the exhibition
on view at the American Folk Art Museum in 2007– 2008, and winner of the National Jewish Book Award for visual arts.
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11"
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