Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams

The LBI is pleased to announce our upcoming 2018/19 lecture series in collaboration with the German Historical Institute. This season’s topic is ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’, which will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?

This season’s speakers were:


Thursday, 1st November 2018, 6.30pm

Prof Katrin Kogman-Appel – A Jewish Look at World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375)


Thursday, 6th December 2018, 6.30pm

Dr Ruth Oren – ‘Coming back to History’ –The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898-1961


Thursday, 24th January 2019, 6.30pm

Cilly Kugelmann – Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence


Thursday, 14th February 2019, 6.30pm

Prof Richard I. Cohen –  Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s-2019)


Thursday, 4th April 2019, 6.30pm

Prof Nathan Abrams –  Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders



Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.


Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email or phone 020 7882 5690).


Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68


For more information on the this season’s lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.