Dr. Mirjam Rajner

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Dr. Mirjam Rajner
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Publications

Articles and Chapters in Books

 

 1. With Richard I. Cohen, "Samuel Hirszenberg's First Steps as an Artist and His Revealing Sketchbook" Adam Klimczak, ed., exhibition catalogue, Hirszenberg Brothers in Search of Promised Land, City Museum Lodz, Lodz, November 2016, pp. 18. (Accepted for publication).

2. "A Turbaned German of Mosaic Faith: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim’s Visual Self-Orientalization," Ulrike Brunotte et al. eds., Internal Outsiders - Imagined Orientals - invented Occidentals? Antisemitism, Colonialism and Modern Constructions of Jewish Identity (Würzburg: Ergon, 2016), pp. 16. (Accepted for publication).

 

3.  "Artists, Orientalism, and the Jewish Connection: the Works of Moritz Oppenheim," in Ezra Mendelsohn ed., Festschrift for Richie Cohen: Icons and History, Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar, 2015, forthcoming (in Hebrew).

 

4.    "From the Shtetl (1939-1946) to the Flowers of Auschwitz (1945-46) and Back: The Creation, Reception and Destiny of Zinovii Tolkachev's Art." In Heftrich, Urs, Robert Jacobs et.al, eds., The Images of Rupture between the East and the West: Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in the Arts and Literature  of the Eastern Europe, Cologne: Böhlau, 2015, forthcoming.

 

5. "The Sources of Chagall's Neo-Primitivism," Chagall and the Russian Avant-garde, exhibition catalogue, Le Centre national d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, March 2011, pp. 23-29 (in French).

 

5a. "The Sources of Chagall's Neo-Primitivism," Chagall and the Russian Avant-garde, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Ontario, online http://www.ago.net/the-origins-of-neo-primitivism-in-chagalls-work (English translation of no. 2).

 

7.   "Mané-Katz – the Years in Ukraina." In Tarshish, Noa ed., Mané- Katz, Ukraine, Paris, Eretz-Israel, Mané-Katz Museum, Haifa, 2011, pp. 17-35 (Hebrew and English).

 

8.  "The Iconography of the Holy Family in Chagall's 1909-1910 Works." In Poorthius Marcel, Joshua Schwartz and Joseph Turner, eds., Interaction between Judaism and Christianity in History, Religion, Art and Literature, Jewish and Christian Perspectives Series, vol. 17, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Holland, 2009, pp. 495-507.

 

9.   "Chagall and Russian Futurism: ‘The One-and-a-Half-Eyed Archer’," Proceedings of the 11th World Congress of Jewish Studies, 1994, Jerusalem, pp. 47-54.

 

Articles in periodicals

 

10. "The Orient in Jewish Artistic Creativity: The Case of Maurycy Gottlieb’s Self-Portrait in Arab Dress," Place in Modern Jewish Culture and Society, Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 30, 2016, pp. 30. (Accepted for publication)

11.With Richard I. Cohen, " Invoking Samuel Hirszenberg's Artistic Legacy—Encountering Exile," Images 8, 2015, pp. 46-65.

12. With Richard I. Cohen, "Samuel Hirszenberg's First Steps as an Artist and His Revealing Sketchbook" Adam Klimczak, ed., exhibition catalogue, Hirszenberg Brothers in Search of Promised Land, City Museum Lodz, Lodz, November 2016, pp. 18. (Accepted for publication).

13. "A Turbaned German of Mosaic Faith: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim’s Visual Self-Orientalization," Ulrike Brunotte et al. eds., Internal Outsiders - Imagined Orientals - invented Occidentals? Antisemitism, Colonialism and Modern Constructions of Jewish Identity (Würzburg: Ergon, 2016), pp. 16. (Accepted for publication).

14.  "Zinovii Tolkatchev's Jesus in Majdanek: A Soviet Jewish Artist Confronting the Holocaust," in Nathanael Riemer, Avidov Lipsker and Michał Szulc (eds.), Jesus in den Juedischen Kulturen des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts / Jesus in the Jewish Cultures of the 19th and 20th Century, PaRDeS, Universitaetsverlag Potsdam, 21 (2015): 59-85 (English with German abstract). 

 

15. with Richard I. Cohen, "Wandalin Strzałecki's Song of the Destruction of Jerusalem: A Homage to Maurycy Gottlieb and Poland," Biuletyn Historii Sztuki (Bulletin of the History of Art), Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, no. 1-2, July 2014, pp. 83-112.

 

17.  with Richard I. Cohen "The Return of the Wandering Jew(s) in Samuel Hirszenberg's Art," Ars Judaica, The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 2011, vol. 7, 2011, pp. 33-56.

 

18.  "Between Local and Universal: Daniel Kabiljo, a Sephardic Artist in Sarajevo on the Eve of the Holocaust," El Prezente, no. 4, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, December 2010, pp. 233-254.

 

19. "The Continuity of 'Jewish Iconography': Images Depicting the Migration from Eastern Europe, Pogroms and Deportations as Models of Holocaust Art," Bishvil HaZikaron, no. 3, July 2009, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, pp. 30-39 (in Hebrew).

 

19a.  "The Continuity of 'Jewish Iconography': Images Depicting the Migration from Eastern Europe, Pogroms and Deportations as Models of Holocaust Art," Legacy, Journal of the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, vol. 4, 2011, pp. 14-25 (English translation of  no. 11).

 

20.  "Adolf Weiller – an Attempt to Reconstruct a Jewish Artist's Biography" Zbornik,, Jewish Historical Museum, Belgrade,  2009, no. 9, pp. 525-562 (In Serbian with English summary).

 

21.  "Music and Theater in the Works of Marc Chagall between 1908 and 1910," Shagalovskii sbornik,  no. 3, Vitebsk: Muzei Marka Shagala, 2008, pp. 60-67 (in Russian).

 

22.   Biographies of Samuel Hirszenberg, Izidor Kaufmann, Leonid Pasternak and Leopold Pilichowski for The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, 2008, pp. 720-721; 875; 1336; 1358.

 

23.   "Chagall's 'Jew in Bright Red' " Ars Judaica, The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 2008, vol. 4, pp. 61-80.(AA)

 

24.   "Marc Chagall's 1909 Female Portraits of Women" Nashim, A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues, 2007, no. 14, pp. 131-159.

 

25.   "Chagall's 'Wedding', 1908-1909",  Timorah, The Bar Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, special issue published in honor of the Bar Ilan University's 50th Anniversary, 2006, pp. 151-162 (in Hebrew).

 

26.   "Chagall’s Fiddler," Ars Judaica, The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 2005, vol. 1, pp. 117- 132.

 

27.   "The Events of 1905 in Chagall’s Early Works," Jews in Russia and Eastern Europe, Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Winter 2004, 2 (53), pp. 33-5.

 

28.   "A Parokhet as a Picture: Chagall’s 1908-09 Prayer Desk," Studia Rosenthaliana, 2004, vol. 37, pp. 193-222.

 

29.   "Chagall: the Artist and the Poet," Jewish Art, Eastern Europe I, 1996-96, vol. 21/22, pp. 41-67.

 

30.  “Levitan’s ‘Jewish Graveyard,” The Israel Museum Journal, vol. 12, Summer 1994, pp. 29-34.

 

31.    "Jewish Cemeteries in Belgrade," Zbornik, Jewish Historical Museum, Belgrade, 1992, no. 6, pp. 201-215 (In Serbian with English summary).

 

32.    "The Awakening of Jewish National Art in Russia," Jewish Art, 1990-91, vol. 16/17, pp. 98-121.

 

33.   "Domed Synagogues on the Territory of Yugoslavia," Zbornik, Jewish Historical Museum, Belgrade, 1987 no. 5, pp. 218-226 (In Serbian with English summary).

 

Reviews of Books in periodicals

 

34.   Book review of Where is My Home? The Art and Life of the Russian Jewish Sculptor Mark Antokolsky, 1843-1902  by Musya Glants. Baltimore, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010, Slavic Review, vol. 71, no. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 202-203.

 

35.    "A New Look at Jewish Art," book review of Edward van Voolen, My Grandparents, My Parents and I: Jewish Art and Culture, Munich, 2006, Ars Judaica, The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, 2007, Vol. 3, pp. 116-118.

 

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

2015          with Richard I. Cohen, "The Cultural Reception of Samuel Hirszenberg's Galut  (1904-2014)", international conference Hirszenberg Brothers – in Search of the Promised Land , The Museum of the City of Lodz, Lodz, Poland, October 24-25, 2015.

 

2015          "The Non-Jewish Jewish Artist: Revisiting 'Jewish Identity in Modern Art," Constructing and Deconstructing Jewish Art, international conference, Bar-Ilan University, September 7-9, 2015.

 

2015         "A Turbaned German of Mosaic Faith: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim's Visual Self-Orientalization,"Colonialism, Orienatlism and the Jews – Jewish Self-Orientalization international workshop, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerpen, Belgium, June 24-26, 2015

 

2015        " Sarajevo's Jewish Intellectuals and the Collegium Artisticum" The Avant-Garde and the Jews, international conference, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerpen, Belgium, February 2-4, 2015

 

2013          "Moša Pijade's Fluctuating Identities: from Sephardic Jew, to Serbian Artist, to  Yugoslav Communist Leader" 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, July 28-August 1

 

2013          with Richard I. Cohen, "Invoking Samuel Hirszenberg's Artistic Legacy",  International Conference "Memory and Journey. Dimensions of Israeli and Jewish Art,"  Dusseldorf, Germany, July 1-3, 2013

 

2013           "Art in the Camps: Witnessing or preserving one's Identity? Case Study: Daniel Ozmo's art created in Jasenovac" the international research workshop The Holocaust in Yugoslavia: History, Memory and Culture – a Reappraisal, at The International Institute for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, June 24-28, 2013

 

2012          with Richard I. Cohen, "Wandalin Strzałecki's Song on the Destruction of Jerusalem (Pieśń o zburzeniu Jerozolimy): A Homage to Gottlieb and Poland," Traditions and Perspectives in History of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University, Israel,

September 10–12, 2012

 

2012          "Chagall's Multiple Identities: Jewish, Russian, Artist's," guest lecturer at the symposium Chagall and Israel, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, May 9, 2012

 

2011            "From the Shtetl (1939-1946) to the Flowers of Auschwitz (1945-46) and Back:

The Creation, Reception and Destiny of Zinovii Tolkachev's Art," The Images of Rupture between the East and the West: the Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in the Arts and Literature of the Eastern Europe, International Symposium held and Slavic Institute and the Seminar for Eastern European History of the Heidelberg University, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, May 26-29, 2011.

 

2009           "Between Local and Universal: Sephardic Artists in Sarajevo on the Eve of the Holocaust," 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

2009          "Johanna Lutzer: a Viennese artist, Jewish refugee, Tito's partisan and an immigrant to Palestine,"  Beyond Camps and Forced Labor, Current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution, The International Multidisciplinary Conference at the Imperial War Museum, London, January 7-9, 2009. 

 

2008           "The Memory of Jewish Life and Tradition as Preserved in Holocaust Art: the Drawings of Adolf Weiller, a Jewish Artist from Croatia," The Jewish Presence In Art, Bar-Ilan University, June 16-18, 2008.

 

2007          "Chagall's 1909-1910 Pictures of Couples," 17th International Chagall Conference, The Marc Chagall Center, Vitebsk, Belorussia, Oct. 12-15, 2007.

 

2007          Eastern European Pogrom and Expulsion Scenes as a Model for Depicting  Holocaust Events: the Art of Adolf  Weiller, a Jewish Painter from Croatia," The Jews, the Arts, and the Scholarship: Production and Reception, British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) Conference, London, July 11-13, 2007.

 

2007         "The Iconography of the Holy Family in Chagall's 1909-1910 Works" Jewish and  Christian  Perspectivs: Isolation, Independence, Syncretism and Dialogue -Models of Interaction between Judaism and Christianity in Past and Present, International Symposium, Catholic Theological University of Utrecht, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan and the Schechter  Institute for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, January  21-24, 2007.

 

2006        "The Art of a Sephardic Artist Created during the Holocaust: Daniel Ozmo's  Dalmatian Motifs Painted in Jasenovac," 6th International Conference Social and Cultural History of  the Jews on the Eastern Adriatic Coast: The Jews and the Sea, with the co-operation of The Moshe David Gaon Center for  Ladino Culture, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

 

2006       "Chagall in Love," The European Association for Jewish Studies, 8th Congress, Moscow,  July 23-27, 2006.

 

2005       "Be Fruitful and Multiply: Love, Sex, Marriage and Childbirth in Chagall's  Early Works," 14th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

2005      "The Influence of Mikhail Vrubel upon Early Works of Marc Chagall," International Conference on Russian Jewish Cultural Exchange in the 20th Century, Bar-Ilan University.

 

2004      "Music and Theater in the Works of Marc Chagall between 1908 and  1910," 14th  International Chagall Conference, The Marc Chagall Center, Vitebsk, Beloruss. 

 

2002     "Life as Theater: the Influence of Stage Design on Chagall's 1908-1910 Works," European Association for Jewish Studies, 7th Congress,  Amsterdam.

 

2001       "Chagall's Fiddler," 13th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University    of Jerusalem.

 

1999       "The Chapter 'Lech-Lecha' and its Interpretation in the Works of the Modern  East-European Jewish Artists," The Sixth International Seminar on Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

             

1997         "Jewish artists in Russia: The Search for National Identity, the Struggle for   Equality," The Emancipation and Jewish Artists; A Comparative European Perspective Seminar, International Symposium, The Royal Academy of Arts and  Sciences, the Committee for History and Culture of the Jews in Holland, Amsterdam.

1997         "Chagall's 'Dead Man'," 12th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew  University of Jerusalem.

 

1989    "Leon Bakst's Jewish Dancer," 10th World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

1988   "Antokolsky, Stasov, Ginzburg - Awakening of Jewish National Art in Russia" The Second International Seminar on Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Dr. Mirjam Rajner is a senior lecturer at the Jewish Art Department, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University. She received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2004). Her research includes the fields of Eastern European, Russian and Russian Jewish art; the early period of Marc Chagall; and the art created during and immediately after the Holocaust. 

 

She headed the section for modern art at the Center for Jewish Art, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently one of the editors of Ars Judaica, the Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art. She held the post-doctoral fellowship at the International Institute for the Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem and is twice the recipient of the Israel Science Foundation grant.

 

2. HIGHER EDUCATION

 

2004 -  Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Art History

2005 -  Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The International Institute for Holocaust  Studies Yad Vashem

 

3. ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

1987-2000   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities,  Department of Art History,  teaching assistant and instructor

                   

1996-2013   Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Art, adjunct lecturer

 

2000-2010   Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies,  Art and Judaism, Master's Degree Program, lecturer

 

2008-2010   University of Belgrade, Serbia, Faculty of Philosophy,  Department of Art History, Jewish Art and Tradition Workshop, organizer and lecturer

 

2010- 2014   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,  Faculty of Humanities,  Department of Art History, adjunct  lecturer

 

2013-           Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Art, senior lecturer

 

4. ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS/TASKS

1981-82                         Assistant Curator, Jewish Historical Museum Belgrade, Yugoslavia (Serbia)

 

1984-88                        Member of the research team, Synagogues and Ceremonial Objects Section, TheCenter for Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

1985 / 1987                 During the summers 1985 and 1987 on behalf of the Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Art documented Jewish ceremonial art collections in Yugoslavia

 

1988-1993                  Head of The Modern Jewish Art Section,  The Center for Jewish Art, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

1989 / 1990                 On behalf of the Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Art organized two trips to the USSR and documentated "unofficial" modern art created by Soviet Jewish artists  

 

2005-                            Co-editor of Ars Judaica, The Bar Ilan Journal of Jewish Art

 

2008-2010                   Organizer of the international workshops on "Jewish Art and Tradition" in the Department of History of Art, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia Guest editor of Menora, publishing research in the field of Jewish art and culture, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia  (2009)

 

2008, June, 16-18       Co-organizer of "The Jewish Presence in Art", the International Conference on Jewish Art, at Bar-Ilan University

 

2009, August 2-6        Co-organizer of the panel "Sephardic Visual Culture" for the15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

 

2011-2012                   Co-organizer of "Ars Judaica" Conference: Traditions and Perspectives in History of Jewish Art, to be held at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, September 10–12, 2012

 

2011 / 2013                  Organizer of the international workshop "The Holocaust in Yugoslavia: History, Memory and Culture – a Reappraisal," to be held at The International Institute for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, June 24-28, 2013

 

2012/2013                   Organizer of the panel "Polish-Jewish Discourse: Modern Art and the Politics of Representation" to be held at the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem,  July 28- August 1, 2013

  

5. MEMBERSHIP IN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

 

Member of: The Institute of Modern Russian Culture,  University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA; member of World Union of Jewish Studies

 

6. RESEARCH GRANTS

 

  1993 – 1996     Council for Higher Education, Planning and Budget Committee's scholarship

 

  2006-2007        Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, "Jewish Artists in the former Yugoslavia during  the Holocaust and its Aftermath"

 

2007-2008         Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe – Jewish heritage grant with the Department of History of Art, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

2007-2011          Israel Science Foundation grant, with Prof. Gershon Bacon, Bar-Ilan University; Research topic:" Jewish Artists from former Yugoslavia during the Era of Holocaust"

 

2011-2015          Israel Science Foundation grant, with Prof. Richard I. Cohen, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Research topic: "Samuel Hirszenberg (1865-1908) – A Polish-Jewish Artist Confronts the Ideological, Artistic, and Cultural Struggles of his Times"

 

2012-2013           Israel Science Foundation grant for the research workshop "The Holocaust in Yugoslavia: History, Memory and Culture – a Reappraisal," The International Institute for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, June 24-28, 2013

 

7. SUPERVISION OF THE DOCTORAL DEGREE STUDENTS

Academic Advisor for Doctoral degree students, Bar-Ilan University

 

Aviva Winter, 2015- , "Identity and Place in the Works of Israeli Artists who Returned to the Religious Fold, 1970-2015"

 

Rachel Berger, 2003-2008, with supervisor Prof. Dan Michman; subject: "The Influence of the Holocaust upon the 'First Generation' Israeli Artists," Department of Contemporary Jewry, Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University

 

Mor Persiado, 2008- 2013, with supervisor Prof. Bracha Yaniv; subject: "The Influence of the Holocaust upon the Women Artists in Israel and America" Jewish Art Department,

Bar Ilan University

 

Olga Ungar, 2011- , with supervisor Dr. Adam Ferziger; subject: "Transformation of East Central Europe reflected through Michael Kara's Modernist Sculpture, 1885-1964," Department of Contemporary Jewry, Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University

 

8. LANGUAGE

 

Speaking and reading: Croatian and Serbian (mothertongue);  Hebrew; English; German;

Russian

 

Reading only:   Italian, French, Yiddish