New York Public Library Displays the Rose Haggadah

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The New York Public Library will exhibit the Rose Haggadah in the McGraw Rotunda on the third floor of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building from March 25 through April 18, 2010. 

The three-volume Rose Family Passover Books illuminate passages of the Passover story through the artwork of celebrated 20th century American artists. The Rose Haggadah has been a work in progress growing annually by one piece since 1947. The personal family initiative not only documents generational artistic tastes, but provides a unique record of the dynamic art world over the last 63 years.  HUC-JIR Museum Curator Laura Kruger has been an advisor to Sandra Priest Rose in the development of this project in recent years.

The Rose Haggadah, which is only available for viewing to the public once a year, includes art from 63 leading figures in the field. The books include the work of: caricaturist David Levine known for his political drawing from The New York Review; painter Frank Stella; feminist artist Judy Chicago (whose drawings for the Rose Haggadah were exhibited at the HUC-JIR Museum in “Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity” and who will receive an honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR at Graduation in Cincinnati on June 6, 2010); caricaturist Al Hirschfeld; photographer Joan Roth (whose photographs of Jewish women in the Former Soviet Union were exhibited in the “Project Kesher” exhibition at the HUC-JIR Museum); and social realist painter and printmaker Jack Levine.  The Library will display a spread from one volume of the Rose Haggadah alongside a video presentation of images contained in all three volumes.


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