21 June 2013

Souvenir, Talisman, Toy: Jew for Hearth and Home – an exhibit and dialogue project

Curator: Dr. Erica Lehrer, Departments of History & Sociology/Anthropology, 
Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)        

Dates: Online currently. In gallery June 25 – July 14, 2013   
Exhibition Opening Event: June 30, 2013, 12:00p.m.        

Souvenir, Talisman, Toy: Jews for Hearth and Home is an exhibit and intercultural dialogue  
project that seeks to understand and debate the popularity and meanings of Polish made 
figurines depicting Jews. The goal of this project is to showcase the long history and variety of 
cultural, religious, economic and political influences on the figurines, and to foster dialogue 
among those who hold different perspectives on their meaning.        

The website, is a trilingual (English, Polish, Hebrew), participatory site where the public 
can document and upload their own figurines and share in the dialogue. The bilingual 
(English, Polish) museum exhibit, featuring over 100 Polish Jewish figurines, 
will sponsor interactive activities during the city’s 23rd annual Jewish Culture Festival 
from June 30 – July 14.

The project is affiliated with CEREV, Concordia University’s Centre for Ethnographic 
Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (cerev.concordia.ca). Other project 
partners and patrons include the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, 
the Jewish  Community Center of Krakow, and Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow.    

Museum address: ul. Krakowska 46, 31- 066 Kraków, Poland
Opening hours to public: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (until 9 p.m. Thursday. Monday closed, except July 1) 
Cost: Entry is free from June 28 – July 7, and on Sundays. 9 zloty/5 zloty other days.

                 Gallery:  Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, Poland         
                 FacebookSouvenir Talisman Toy. Zabawka Pamiątka Talizman           
                 Twitter:    JewishFigs      
                 YouTube: SouvenirTalismanToy   

For more information, please contact: Dr. Ewa Węgrzyn, Project Coordinator


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