After reading a review by Carolyn Benesh in ORNAMENT magazine I made sure to see this exhibit when I was in New York City in March. “Veiled Meanings” was at the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue at 92nd. It is in a former mansion residence and has a wonderful permanent collection and superb restuarant -Russ and Daughters.
This exhibit, on loan from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, showcased over 20 countries and 100 examples of Jewish costume from the 18th to the 20th centuries to show the diversity and complexity of Jewish identity and culture.
“With Jewish migration historically worldwide, the exhibit addresses this subject thematically in four sections – Through the Veil, Interweaving Cultures, Exposing the Unseen and Clothing That Remembers. Largely subsumed by non-Jewish cultures, it is not surprising that Jewish clothing was identical to or a tweak of the dominant nationality, as well as having characteristics identifiably Jewish such as badges, the color yellow, the Judenhat (Jewish hat) and specific types of robes and face gear marking them as different from Christian and Muslim societies.”
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