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 April 7 through May 1, 2011. This personal family initiative not only documents artistic styles and generational interests, but provides a dynamic record of the contemporary art world as it unfolds.
The Rose Haggadah is, in reality, the guest books of Passover dinners held and attended by the descendants of Joseph and Anna Rose and Samuel B. and Belle Rose and their guests over a period of eighty years. The three volumes were illustrated each year on themes from the text by such artists as Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, Judy Chicago, Al Hirschfeld, David Levine, Mark Podwal, Larry Rivers, and many more renowned artists. The result of an innovative annual commission from the Rose family, the tradition continues as a living illuminated manuscript with the fourth volume in progress. Many of these artists are featured in exhibitions at the HUC-JIR Museum in New York, and in the Museum’s permanent collection.
The display shows an open book and an electronic presentation allowing viewers to see other pages at their leisure.