Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater

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Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater illuminates the Jewish mythical and folkloric plays produced at Habima to the daring, expressionistic Yiddish dramas presented at the Moscow State Yiddish Theater (goset), this illustrated book chronicles the flourishing of Soviet Jewish theater in the 1920s and 1930s. The productions, which combined Russian folk art with elements of Cubo-Futurism and Constructivism, attracted large, diverse audiences and garnered international critical praise. Spanning Jewish...

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Overview

Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater illuminates the Jewish mythical and folkloric plays produced at Habima to the daring, expressionistic Yiddish dramas presented at the Moscow State Yiddish Theater (goset), this illustrated book chronicles the flourishing of Soviet Jewish theater in the 1920s and 1930s. The productions, which combined Russian folk art with elements of Cubo-Futurism and Constructivism, attracted large, diverse audiences and garnered international critical praise. Spanning Jewish culture and history in the Soviet Union from 1919 to 1949, the volume includes stunning reproductions of Chagall's celebrated theater murals; fascinating archival materials such as posters, prints, and playbills; designs for costumes and sets; and many other breathtaking works.

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Editorial Reviews

Buffalo Jewish Review
Excellent. . . . First-rate essays . . . introduce more than 200 colorful illustrations which beautifully demonstrate the creativity of the Jewish artists who brilliantly used their avant-garde competence to complement the experimental stage productions.—Morton I. Teicher, Buffalo Jewish Review

— Morton I. Teicher

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"The present volume . . . is most impressive. . . . No more informative or attractive book could possibly grace a library's collection or a coffee table. Highly recommended."—Choice
Jewish Book Council
Finalist in the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts Category sponsored by the Jewish Book Council

— National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts Category Finalist

Buffalo Jewish Review - Morton I. Teicher

"Excellent. . . . First-rate essays . . . introduce more than 200 colorful illustrations which beautifully demonstrate the creativity of the Jewish artists who brilliantly used their avant-garde competence to complement the experimental stage productions."—Morton I. Teicher, Buffalo Jewish Review
Jewish Book Council - National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts Category Finalist

Finalist in the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the Visual Arts Category sponsored by the Jewish Book Council

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"The present volume . . . is most impressive. . . . No more informative or attractive book could possibly grace a library's collection or a coffee table. Highly recommended."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873342025
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 226

Meet the Author


Susan Tumarkin Goodman is senior curator at The Jewish Museum. Her books include Marc Chagall: Early Works from Russian Collections and The Emergence of Jewish Artists in Nineteenth-Century Europe.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Joan Rosenbaum Rosenbaum, Joan

Acknowledgments Susan Tumarkin Goodman Goodman, Susan Tumarkin

Note to the Reader

Soviet Jewish Theater in a World of Moral Compromise Susan Tumarkin Goodman Goodman, Susan Tumarkin 1

The Political Context of Jewish Theater and Culture in the Soviet Union Zvi Gitelman Gitelman, Zvi 15

Habima and "Biblical Theater" Vladislav Ivanov Ivanov, Vladislav 27

Yiddish Constructivism: The Art of the Moscow State Yiddish Theater Jeffrey Veidlinger Veidlinger, Jeffrey 49

Art and Theater Benjamin Harshav Harshav, Benjamin 69

Habima and Goset: An Illustrated Chronicle 88

Timeline 196

Glossary 202

Exhibition Checklist 204

Notes 210

Bibliography 214

Index 220

The Jewish Museum Board of Trustees 226

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