On Friday, October 23rd, the Honors Program took our first year Honors students to the Jewish Museum, as part of their Freshman Honors Experience course.


The students were taken on a tour of the “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film” exhibit, about the pivotal role Soviet photographers played in the history of photography, covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s.  The works they saw included photographs by Alexander Rodchenko, El Lissitzky, Arkady Shaikhet, and Max Penson, along with poster art that had been used to disseminate Communist ideology.  This exhibit shows how Soviet art was used both as a weapon of propaganda (such as the photographs depicting Soviet leisure life as a way of promoting the Soviet Union), as well as a tool for social change and political engagement.  2015-11-09 (1)
Students were also encouraged to take advantage of their museum visit to check out the rest of the Jewish Museum’s exhibits, including “The Television Project: Picturing a People,” about how Jews have been portrayed and have portrayed themselves on American television from the 1950s to the present; “Becoming Jewish: Warhol’s Liz and Marilyn,” about the parallel between Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe’s Jewish identities, and Warhol’s construction of their public images; and “Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage,” which shows Stieglitz’s 1907 picture of steerage-class passengers aboard the ocean liner Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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