In Conversation: Daniel Libeskind & Jewish Museum Director Joan Rosenbaum
Architect Daniel Libeskind will join Jewish Museum Director Joan Rosenbaum to discuss how his work embodies Jewish sensibilities. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $18 for Jewish Museum members.
The event is in conjunction with A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire which is on display at The Jewish Museum November 19 through January 30, 2011.
Daniel Libeskind, an international figure in architecture and urban design, has created a bold and dramatic installation featuring 40 Hanukkah lamps from the Museum’s renowned collection. Libeskind’s design interprets Hanukkah through an evocative metaphor for the spiritual power of fire. The Line of Fire, a jagged structure in brilliant red that diagonally bisects the gallery, serves as a pedestal for the Hanukkah lamps, and symbolizes the flames of the lamps lit on the holiday. The irregular lines and angles of the Line of Fire are a recurring feature in Libeskind’s work, where they often signify the continuity of Jewish existence through sudden changes in circumstances, some of them catastrophic. A Hanukkah Project: Daniel Libeskind’s Line of Fire also includes five quotations by poets and philosophers such as Emily Dickinson and Jacques Derrida. Mr. Libeskind worked with Jewish Museum Curator of Archaeology and Judaica, Susan L. Braunstein, a leading authority on Hanukkah lamps, to create the exhibition.
See Daniel’s interview about the exhibition in today’s the New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/garden/18qna.html