Presented by The Melton Center for Jewish Studies
Laura and Rick Brown
Art and Architecture faculty, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and co-directors, Handshouse Studio
University of Wisconsin
Rick and Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio, a not-for-profit organization that arranges hands-on projects as a means to explore history, science and the arts, will present a film and discuss the rebuilding of parts of the exquisite 18th century Gwoździec synagogue in Poland. The Browns and Thomas C. Hubka, Emeritus Professor of Architectural History at the University of Wisconsin and an authority on wooden synagogues, will discuss this fascinating project, which involves the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and volunteers from around the world.
The Gwoździec Synagogue is a "truly resplendent synagogue that exemplified a high point in Jewish architectural art and religious painting, a tradition that was later abandoned by Eastern-European Jewish communities in the 19th and 20th centuries," according to Thomas Hubka. Although it was one of the 200 synagogues destroyed during the Nazi invasion of World War II, the building's photographic and historical records are notable for their completeness.
Supported by the Diane Cummins Community Education Fund, the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio State's Departments of History and History of Art, Center for the Study of Religion, and Center for Slavic and East European Studies.