Reading the Visual/Visualizing the Text (on view at the Jewish Theological Seminary through May 29) challenges a community traditionally steeped in text to consider a visual vocabulary with which to expand its scholarly methods and experiential practice. The visual can be an alternative way to approach both Jewish learning and experience in an academic setting and at large. Installations throughout JTS by contemporary artists Danielle Durchslag, Tobi Kahn, Rachel Kanter, Jill Nathanson, and Ben Rubin are paired with facsimiles of manuscripts and photographs from the library and rare book collections.
A performing arts component was initiated with a concert last November by the Lysander Piano Trio and Juilliard singers. Future JTS-Juilliard concerts will incorporate music of composers of Jewish heritage as well as compositions that highlight Jewish themes and traditions.