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Jewish Homegrown History

Bob Gregory dances with his sister Sandy at his Bar Mitzvah in 1960. By then he was already teaching dancing professionally at Ted Raden’s Dance Studio. Courtesy of The Labyrinth Project.

Jewish Homegrown History

Immigration, Identity, and Intermarriage

On view now through September 2, 2012


ADMISSION

  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Come for the final days of the exhibition and see three newly added films that capture the everyday lives of ordinary families.

An immersive gallery installation that projects Jewish "homegrown movies" on three giant screens, Jewish Homegrown History uses home movies to explore the dynamic interplay between personal memories and collective history. The vibrant films document diverse immigration trajectories and the identity issues they raise. The newly added films follow the life stories of:

  • Peter Vanlaw, who did not discover that he and his German émigré family were Jewish until he had a heart attack in his fifties
  • The Lefkowitz family, “Migrating Midwesterns” who sought new opportunities, better weather, and a more relaxing, fun-filled life in Los Angeles
  • Parviz Elison, whose home movies explore what is unique about the Iranian Jewish emigration to L.A.

Conceived and created by The Labyrinth Project, an art collective and research initiative on interactive narrative at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, the exhibition offers the opportunity to interact with Labyrinth's online multimedia archive specially compiled for the exhibition. Learn how you can add your own family stories and images to this expanding homegrown history and become engaged in preserving the cultural heritages of our families and our communities.


JEWISH HOMEGROWN HISTORY: IMMIGRATION, IDENTITY, AND IMMIGRATION IS AN ARCHIVAL CULTURAL HISTORY BY THE LABYRINTH PROJECT: ROSEMARY COMELLA, MARSHA KINDER, SCOTT MAHOY. THE LABYRINTH PROJECT IS AN ART COLLECTIVE AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS, LOS ANGELES, CA.



EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS:


PRESS RELEASE:

Jewish Homegrown History
March 13, 2012

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