The Jewish Studies Program at the University of Utah proudly presents
PROFESSOR VIVIAN MANN
Director of the Master’s Program in Jewish Art at the Graduate School of
the Jewish Theological Seminary and Curator of the Jewish Museum in New York
A SHARED TRADITION: THE ISLAMIC ART OF MUSLIMS AND JEWS
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Spencer F. Eccles Business Building
University of Utah
Until recently, Islamic lands were multicultural societies that included large Jewish and Christian minorities, so that works made by and for non-Muslims can appropriately be studied together with art made for followers of Islam. In various periods, for example, Qur’ans and Hebrew Bibles shared the same system of decoration, and Jews were the primary silver and goldsmiths of Muslim countries. The cross-cultural nature of Islamic art resulted in a rich flowering during the medieval and early modern periods.
Dr. Vivian Mann served as the Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at The Jewish Museum, where she curated numerous exhibitions and accompanying catalogs, among them Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy; Convivencia: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain; and Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land. In 2010, Dr. Mann curated Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians, and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain for the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA). She is the author of Jewish Texts on the Visual Arts, Cambridge University Press, 2000; and Art and Ceremony in Jewish Life: Essays in the History of Jewish Art, Pindar Press, 2005.