Council of American Jewish Museums
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Such a deal! If you register for the upcoming CAJM conference before January 4, 2013, you'll save $50 with the Early Bird rate. Institutional members sending multiple representatives benefit from an additional savings of $50 for each additional staff or board member coming. By now you should have received the conference brochure (if not, you'll find a link to it below), so you can tell how substantive - and also how imaginative - the gathering will be. We have made it very easy for you to register this year, too. You can do it by mail, email (after scanning the form), and fax, or you can use our online registration option. We hope you're planning to attend, and, if so, why not save? Register today!



Participants in the 2013 conference will stay at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, a contemporary luxury hotel conveniently located in downtown Manhattan, directly acrossfrom the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Take a stroll along Battery Park's scenic esplanade for breathtaking views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This elegant establishment consistently receives awards such as Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award: Best in the World list (2012), Forbes Travel Guide's Four Star hotels list (2012), and AAA Five Diamond Lodging Award (2012). On top of that, the special "good neighbor" rate of $225 that the hotel has arranged for CAJM is a fraction of their standard room charge. To
make your reservation, call 800-542-8680 or use the link above.



We are honRothstein 2ored that our featured speaker will be Edward Rothstein, Critic at Large for The New York Times, who will address the topic, "Identity Museums and the Jewish Question." Rothstein is a prolific writer with wide-ranging interests. His books include Visions of Utopia (Oxford University Press, 2003), and his essays on the arts, politics, science, and mathematics have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Commentary, The American Scholar, and The New Republic, among other publications. He regularly reviews museums and exhibitions for the Times, and he contributes the arts-and-ideas column "Connections." Rothstein is a graduate of Yale University, with a Master's degree in English literature from Columbia University and a doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is a past Guggenheim Fellow. We look forward to his insights and perspectives on the Jewish museum field. (Photo courtesy of George Washington University)



A panoply of talented and influential individuals from all across New York's cultural scene will participate in conference panels, workshops, and tours. Among them are Manon Slome (to right), President and Chief Curator of the innovative site-recycling organization No Longer Empty and formerly a curator at the Guggenheim Museum and Chelsea Art Museum, and Helen Koh (far right), Director, Museum of Chinese in America, who previously held positions at the Rhode Island School of Design and New York's Asia Society. Limor Tomer (below), returning for her second CAJM conference appearance, is now General Manager of Concerts and Lectures at the Metropolitan MuseStayton, BMAum of ArtLimor, having previously served as performing arts curator at the Whitney Museum of Art and manager of contemporary and classical music programming at WQXR and WNYC radio. Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator at Wave Hill garden and cultural center, was the first director of New York's Percent for Arts program and instrumental in establishing the national Public Art Network. Also joining us are Kevin Stayton (right), Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Aviva Davidson, Executive and Artistic Director, Dancing in the Streets; and senior staff from the Museum of Modern Art, National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, New-York Historical Society; and Rubin Museum of Art. These distinguished presenters will bring to the conference both practical ideas and inspiration.



One goal of the 2013 conference is to take maximum advantage of New York City and all that it has to offer. Accordingly, it will include an array of excursions providing a new, vibrant, and kaleidoscopic experience of the city, thrusting us back into its history and forward toward the cutting edge of contemporary culture. On
Sunday, March 3, there Tenement will be a choice of three optional pre-conference trips: a Nosh Lab food and art tour of the Lower East Side; a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tenement Museum (left); and a visit to the Museum of Chinese in America and its new Maya Lin-designed building. On Monday, March 4, participants will choose among excursions headed in many different directions all over town, exploring the Grand Concourse and Derfner Judaica Museum in The Bronx; the Library and High LineRare Books section of The Jewish Theological Seminary, in tandem with an artist-led tour of the exhibition Reading the Visual / Visualizing the Text; the dynamic elevated public space known as the High Line (right, photograph by Melissa Mansur), combined with a Chelsea studio visit; Jewish Harlem and the history of the neighborhood's early 1900s enclave; The Jewish Museum, where curators will lead tours of the permanent exhibition and the acclaimed Sharon Lockhart I Noa Eshkol exhibition; and a traverse through the subway's underground environment with a video artist, followed by a visit to his studio.


Through the support of generous donors, CAJM's Professional Development Initiative is able to offer a limited number of competitive CAJM Fellowships to attend the conference. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2012. The fellowships are intended for (a) emerging professionals working at CAJM member institutions who have not yet attended a CAJM conference and who have been employed in Jewish museums for 2-6 years; and (b) other employees of CAJM member institutions who have never attended a conference and who show special talent and dedication to the field. Fellowships will cover conference registration and double-occupancy hotel lodging. Recipients or their employer will be responsible for travel expenses. Please visit the website for further information and guidelines.  


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