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Feb 4, 2014 6:30 PM

Recreating the Golem: From Prague to The Simpsons

A discussion with artist Mark Podwal and author Thane Rosenbaum at the Anne Frank Center USA.

“In conjuncture with Faith & Form, the current exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, artist Mark Podwal and author Thane Rosenbaum will explore representations of the golem legend in words and images.”

The program will be followed by a Q&A and a reception, and is presented in partnership with the Jewish Art Salon.

Ticket price: $8 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Program length including discussion: 90 minutes.
Reservations required.
212-431-8375 or email info@annefrank.com

 

In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being, constructed in the form of a human and endowed with life; its purpose to ward off anti-Semitic attacks. In conjuncture with Faith & Form, the current exhibition at The Anne Frank Center USA, artist Mark Podwal and author Thane Rosenbaum will explore representations of the golem legend in words and images.
 Mark Podwal, whose sketch of the golem is included in the exhibit, will present an illustrated lecture exploring how succeeding generations have recreated the golem legend to suit the times. The lecture will touch on the first mention of golems in Biblical and Talmudic sources, the origins of Prague’s golem legend, the transformed image of the Prague golem from servant to protector in the early 20th century, and numerous depictions of golems in book illustration, fine art, and film, including The Simpsons TV episode, You Gotta Know When to Golem.

Author Thane Rosenbaum will read excerpts from The Golems of Gotham, a ghost story exploring myth, memory and post-Holocaust Jewish imagination. Rosenbaum’s novel was published to critical acclaim in 2002, and has been compared to Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. The San Francisco Chronicle called the novel “chilling and warm, rigorous and fanciful, savagely witty and profoundly reasoned.”

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Venue:

Anne Frank Center USA, 44 Park Place, NYC

Date

Feb 4, 2014 6:30 PM

Organizer:

Anne Frank Center USA


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