Monday, August 26, 2013

Great Fall Lineup At Jewish History Museum

The National Museum of American Jewish History is excited to announce a rich and diverse public programming schedule for the fall. 

Illustrating the Margins: Celebrating Children's Book Illustrators 

The Museum is thrilled to present the following series of programs in conjunction with
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation's special anniversary exhibition, The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things. Reciprocal admission discounts available through February 2014.
Grandparents' Day   
Photo credit: Matthew Christopher 
Sunday, September 8  from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Free for children and grandparents at NMAJH and the Rosenbach  
In honor of Grandparents' Day, the Museum will host family-friendly activities. Additionally, a family guide to the exhibition will be available.

Activities will include: 

Keats-Inspired Crafts
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Participants can create a mini-book, design a dream hat, make a puppet, and more.

Story Corner
11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
The Snowy DayWhere the Wild Things Are, and other stories will be read aloud for participants.

Animated Films of Keats and Sendak Classics
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Will include The Snowy DayWhistle for WilliePeter's ChairWhere the Wild Things AreIn the Night KitchenThe Nutshell Kids, and other favorites.

Chalk Art on the Plaza
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
The NMAJH plaza will become a canvas for intergenerational art making. Participants will work with a professional artist to fill the space with their illustrations.

Docent-Led Tours
11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Docents will be available to take visitors on tours of both The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats and the Museum's permanent exhibition. 

Spaces can be reserved at the admissions desk.
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

An Afternoon of Sendak on Film 
Sunday, October 13
FREE with Museum admission 

As the Museum celebrates the work of Ezra Jack Keatsit also recognizes Maurice Sendakan award-winning American Jewish writer whose books inspire children around the globe.

11:00 am Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (USA, 2009, 38 min) 
3:00 pm Where the Wild Things Are (USA, 2009, 101 min)       

Photo Credit: Thomas KristichJerry Pinkney

Panel Discussion: Children's Literature and Social JusticeWednesday, October 16 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$8/FREE for NMAJH, Rosenbach, and Philadelphia Museum of
Art Members

This panel discussion will explore the role of children's literature as a vehicle for social justice and for empowering children, inspired by the work of Ezra Jack Keats and Maurice Sendak. Speakers include renowned illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, award-winning illustrator, Bryan Collier and Patrick Rodgers, the Rosenbach's Sendak Collection Curator.


Additional Fall Programming  
 A Taste of Opera: Nabucco
Sunday, September 15 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
FREE, reservations Required 

Presented by Opera Philadelphia and the Museum, this one-hourprogram at NMAJH will feature selections from several Verdi operas including highlights from Nabucco, which recounts the biblical story of Nebuchadnezzar, and includes the famous Chorus of Hebrew Slaves. Several cast members from Opera Philadelphia's production ofNabucco will perform, including two Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Winners, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa and bass-baritone Musa Ngquanwana

Philadelphia Premiere of Breaking Home Ties and Opening Reception for Special ExhibitionNow Showing: "Pop" Lubin's Silent Film Empire
Photo Credit: The National Center for Jewish Film
Sunday, September 22   
Opening Reception at 6:00 pm
Film Screening at 7:00 pm
$18/$15 Members

NMAJH will host the Philadelphia premiere of Breaking Home Ties(USA, 1922, 78 min), the last film produced by Philadelphia's own Betzwood Motion Picture Studio. Event includes an original score performed live, and exclusive access to the opening reception of the Museum's special exhibition, Now Showing: "Pop" Lubin's Silent Film Empire  about motion picture pioneer and Betzwood founder, Siegmund Lubin. This exhibition will run through February 7, 2014. Discussion to follow featuring Dr. Joseph P. Eckhardt, Professor Emeritus of History at Montgomery County Community College, and Lisa Rivo, Associate Director of the National Center for Jewish Film.    

Film restoration and new English subtitles by the National Center for Jewish Film.

Exhibition release coming soon. 

Who Should be an American?
The Past and Future of Immigration Policy
Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
$8/FREE for NMAJH, National Constitution Center Members, and PennCard holders
Joseph Berger, longtime metropolitan reporter for The New York Times and author of two books addressing immigration, will moderate this forum featuring Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, and Mae Ngai, the Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University.  

In partnership with University of Pennsylvania's Jewish Studies Program and Social Science Policy Forum, co-sponsored by the National Constitution Center, and supported by the Arlene and Stanley Ginsburg Family Foundation. 

The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects
Tuesday, November 12 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$12/$8 Members 

Author talk featuring Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture. Don't miss this inside look at American History through the treasures of the Smithsonian, including objects currently on view at the Museum.

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