New Journal of Jewish Art Co-Edited by Professor Steven Fine Publishes Inaugural Issue

Dr. Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history and director of the Center for Israel Studies.

Jan 2, 2008 — The first issue of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture—edited by Steven Fine, PhD, professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and director of the Center for Israel Studies, Vivian B. Mann, and Margaret Olin—is now available. Published by E. J. Brill, it is the first journal of Jewish art published in the United States.

Images features scholarly articles on Jewish art and visual culture, from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present day. The journal covers architecture, painting, sculpture, treasury arts, book arts, graphics, textiles, photography, and film.

“For the first time, the study of Jewish art and visual culture has entered the mainstream of the international Judaic studies community,” the editors write in the journal’s mission statement. “Contemporary scholarship on Jewish art and visual culture has been welcomed into the broader conversation within the wider academy, and a lively interchange among scholars has ensued.”

The journal is intended to be a forum for scholars across disciplines and continents whose focus is Jewish art and visual culture. “The broad and eclectic editorial board of Images reflects the diversity of thought and approaches that the editors hope to bring together and cultivate,” the editors say.

Every edition contains four to five articles, reviews of books and exhibitions, and notices of scholarly conferences or symposia on Jewish art.

The journal’s editorial office is located in Belfer Hall on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus. Stanley Mirvis, a master’s student at Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, is the managing editor.

Vivian B. Mann is the Morris and Eva Feld Professor of Judaica at the Jewish Museum and adviser to the master’s program in Jewish art and visual Cclture at the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Margaret Olin is professor of art history and visual critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

To download a free preview of the first edition of Images, click here.

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