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The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography 
 
  
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Paperback 
232 pages 
Yale University Press 
Published 2005 
  
Book Description 
  
While American Jews are commonly considered a homogenous ethnic group, the reality today is far more complex. Conversion, adoption, intermarriage, and immigration have transformed the fabric of Jewish communities, as they have the United States as a nation. This fascinating book explores questions of American Jewish identity and how Jews fit today into larger discourses of race, ethnicity, and religion. Featuring ten photographic and video projects by emerging and mid-career artists, all commissioned by The Jewish Museum, the book presents a range of provocative discussions of the nature of Jewish identity in 21st-century America.  
  
Susan Chevlowe discusses how the artists explore individual communities to dispel stereotypes of contemporary Jewish life, and Ilan Stavans dissects the diversity of American Jews over the last century. In illuminating interviews with the artists, Joanna Lindenbaum provides insights into their ideas and methods. A beautifully illustrated portfolio of each of the commissioned works immerses the viewer in a distinctive community, revealing complex and often surprising ways in which Jewish Americans grapple with their identity.  
  
Participating artists: 
  
Dawoud Bey 
  
Tirtza Even and Brian Karl 
  
Rainer Ganahl 
  
Nikki S. Lee 
  
Yoshua Okon 
  
Jaime Permuth 
  
Andrea Robbins and Max Becher 
  
Shari Rothfarb and Avishai Mekonen 
  
Jessica Shokrian 
  
Chris Verene 
  
 
  
About the Author 
  
SUSAN CHEVLOWE and JOANNA LINDENBAUM are independent curators. ILAN STAVANS is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.
 
  
 
 
  
 
  
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