2013 Annual Conference
The City As Muse/um
The conference took place in and around New York City from March 3-5, 2013.
New York is a city of museums - and a city of muses - an
interplay that was captured in our 2013 conference, The City
as Muse/um. The gathering provided fresh perspectives on
New York and encouraged participants to consider the many
ways cities inspire creative endeavors of all kinds. An array of
speakers, excursions, interactions, and experiences helped us
examine questions like these: Do Jewish memory and history
shape our cities? How do the artists, performers, and thinkers who live, work, and play in cities enrich and interpret urban life? How do museums - Jewish and other - reflect the cities in which they are located? How do cities influence exhibition practices inside and outside of museums?
Distinguished speakers included New York Times columnist Edward Rothstein, architect Charles Renfro, Glenn Wharton of the Museum of Modern Art, Manon Slome of No Longer Empty, Aviva Davidson of Dancing in the Streets, Stephen D. Smith of the USC Shoah Foundation, consultant Alan Brown of BrownWolf, Limor Tomer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Hetty Berg of the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam, Tom Hennes of Thinc Design, Clifford Chanin of the National Sepetember 11 Memorial & Museum, top digital media designers, and numerous other special guests. With our first artist-in-residence, Liana Finck, and several art "bursts" for intensive art viewing and making, art infused the conference.
Participants visited some of New York's most exciting museums, as well as spots above and below ground -- the High Line and the New York City subway system.
The conference was co-chaired by Andrew Ingall (Foundation for Jewish Culture), Anita Kassof (Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and Josh Perelman (National Museum of American Jewish History). Susan Chevlowe (Derfner Judaica Museum at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale) served as Host Chair.
CAJM 2013 tapped the energies of New York City and beyond, exploring creative processes within our profession and the ways in which urban landscapes serve as "muse/ums" in and of themselves.
Explore the conference program for details.
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