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Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

Hosted By: Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a host of Jewish outsiders came to play a critical role in modern art as dealers, collectors, critics, and, not least, as artists. In this talk, author Charles Dellheim will look at the role of Jews in modern art by focusing on the stories of a few remarkable individuals.

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Charles Dellheim

Charles Dellheim is a professor of history and Jewish studies at Boston University. He grew up in New York City and earned his doctorate in modern European cultural history at Yale. His most recent book is Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern, which was named one of the best books of the year by the Times Literary Supplement (London), Kirkus Review, and Artnet. Dellheim has also written widely on topics from architecture to company culture to baseball. His previous books include The Face of the Past: The Preservation of the Medieval Inheritance in Victorian England and The Disenchanted Isle: Mrs. Thatcher’s Capitalist Revolution. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard Business.
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Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is home to permanent and visiting exhibits; two performance halls with a year-round schedule of educational programs, concerts (including the annual Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music), films, and events; an English-language bookstore; and a million Yiddish books.
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