7:22 pm 03/21/17

POLIN Museum’s Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett 2017 lecture series in the USA

2018-02-20T00:19:02-05:00March 21st, 2017|News from the US, POLIN Museum|

Professor Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, will be speaking this April at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve, Cornell University, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, and the Museum of the Jewish Heritage in New York on May 2. She will also be a guest lecturer in seminars at several of these universities. Please see below for the complete list and for links to the events.

 

  • Princeton University – Lapidus lecture

“Theater of History: Performing the Past in American Jewish Museums”

April 19, Wed 4:30 PM. 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University, New Heaven, CT

 

  • University of Pennsylvania – Closing Keynote lecture (reservation required)

Symposium: “Dan Ben-Amos: Fifty Years of Jewish Folklore at Penn”Keynote lecture: “Hereness: Jewish folkloristics in situ.”

April 23, Sun 9:00-12:30 PM. Hall of Flags, Houston Hall, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland – Salo Baron Memorial Lecture (reservation required)

“Rising from the Rubble: Creating a Museum of the History of Polish Jews”

April 24, Mon 7:00 PMTemple Tifereth Israel, 26000 Shaker Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122

 

  • Cornell University – Guest lecture

Materializing History:  Time and Telos at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

April 27, Thu 5:15-7:00 PM. Johnson Museum of Art, David A. & Rochelle Hirsch Lecture Room, Cornell University

 

  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research – Keynote lecture (reservation required)

Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust

April 30, Sun 2:00 PM. Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

 

  • Museum of Jewish Heritage – Lecture

“Presenting the Holocaust at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews”

May 2, Tue 3:00 PM. Museum of Jewish Heritage, Keeping History Center room; 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

 

8:08 pm 03/15/17

POLIN Museum Wins Two Top European Museum Awards

2018-01-31T18:30:28-05:00March 15th, 2017|POLIN Museum|

POLIN Museum Wins Top European Awards!

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Museum Director prof. D.Stola accepts the award, San Sebastian, November 9, 2016. (Photo: topictolosa.com)

The 2016 European Museum of the Year Award was presented to POLIN Museum at a ceremony on April 9 in San Sebastian, Spain. This is the first time in the 39 years of the award that a museum in Poland has received this award. The winner holds The Egg, by the celebrated English sculptor Henry Moore, for the year of the award. The jury wrote:

The long-shared history between Jewish people and other people of this region of the world is one of a continuously negotiated co-existence through conflict as well as cooperation, integration and assimilation. For very large and very diverse audiences the POLIN now serves as an absorbing place to confront and examine the perpetually relevant questions of how a co-existence, however fraught, can suddenly transfigure into an absolute rupture, into the near eradication of a whole population and destruction of a culture.

Forty-nine museums from 24 countries were finalists in this year’s competition. The European Museum of the Year Award, the oldest and most prestigious prize for a museum in Europe, was established in 1977 under the auspices of the European Commission. The jury looks for “enterprise and innovation that enhances the public quality of the museum” and “new developments that are likely to have a significant influence in the national and international museum field.” The grand prize “goes to a museum which contributes most directly to attracting audiences and satisfying its visitors with unique atmosphere, imaginative interpretation and presentation, a creative approach to education and social responsibility.” The award to POLIN Museum was widely reported in the Polish and international media.

Dariusz Stola, director of POLIN Museum, received the award: 

The EMYA Award confirms that POLIN is a museum of the highest order. The jury, prominent experts who visited hundreds of museums all across Europe, were enchanted by our well thought-out core exhibition dedicated to the 1000-year history of Jews in Poland. The jurors also praised our ability to address difficult issues in the spirit of mutual respect and understanding. They took note of our comprehensive educational and cultural program and the wide array of events aimed at a very broad and diverse audience. We are delighted that our museum was deemed worthy of this prestigious prize and of the most important European award of its kind. I convey my most sincere congratulations to our founders, donors, partners, and most remarkable team.

 


 

POLIN Museum is also the recipient of the European Museum Academy Prize 2016. The jury made special note of POLIN Museum’s core exhibition, Resource Center, Virtual Shtetl portal, GEOP (Global Education Outreach Program), and Museum on Wheels.

 

Polin meets the criteria for this prize at its maximum. It is not just an excellent museum but a state-of-the art cultural institution that reaches diverse publics all over the world. That is why it deserves the title of a ‘Total Museum.’ The diversity and variety of its activities and the scope of its aims and goals makes it a unique institution with a worldwide impact. The institution meets the criteria for the European Museum Academy Prize perfectly.”  (The jury verdict of the European Museum Academy Prize 2016)

Congratulations to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and its superb team!