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Cookies, Coffee & Conversation: Reconstructing a Lost Place

The spaces that we occupy are almost always saturated with meaning. But in our hustle, bustle, and pursuit of ‘progress,’ we have quite frequently forgotten the deeper profundity at our feet. In this session, participants will have a chance to consider what it means to resurrect meaning in our everyday places.

The example that will serve to anchor this presentation comes from Bardejov, Slovakia. Like so many other small towns in Eastern Europe, Bardejov attempted to eradicate its Jewish past during the era of the Holocaust. By exploring the steps being taken to recover this heritage, we may be inspired to discover the invisible pasts buried just below the surface of all things.

In partnership with Present Music and in connection with The City Without Jews performance at Milwaukee Art Museum on October 29.

DATE: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
TIME: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Jewish Museum Milwaukee
COST: Museum Members FREE | Nonmembers $10*

Bring your own bagged lunch to this Lunch & Learn. Jewish Museum Milwaukee will provide cookies and coffee for attendees. *A ticket purchase for this program covers the cost of admission to the special exhibit.

Dan Haumschild earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University at Buffalo, focusing his research on the relationship between public history, education and political agency in communities recovering from mass atrocity. Since then, Dan has dedicated himself to creating meaningful educational experiences that invite people into a stronger relationship with the past, with one another, and with themselves. He has the honor of performing this work as the Director of Education at Jewish Museum Milwaukee and as a Senior Fellow and Professor at the Fish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Yeshiva University.

The City Without Jews / Die Stadt Ohne Juden
October 29, 2023
Milwaukee Art Museum (700 N Art Museum Dr)

  • 5:30 p.m. – Doors Open
  • 6:00 p.m. – Preconcert panel discussion in Lubar Auditorium
  • 6:30 p.m. – MAM exhibit open for PM ticket holders
  • 7:30 p.m. – Performance in Windhover Hall
  • Post-concert reception in Windhover Hall at MAM
  • Free admission to MAM begins at 10 a.m. the day of the performance for PM ticketholders

Highlighting an Austrian silent film from 1924 by Hans Karl Breslauer which presages the events of the Holocaust. Thought to be lost, a print of the film was discovered at a Parisian flea market in 2015 and digitally restored through a crowdfunding campaign. The Vienna Conzerthaus then commissioned a new score from composer Olga Neuwirth, which will be performed live by the Present Music Ensemble, conducted by Yaniv Dinur. We will also feature an interpretation of the Woody Guthrie /Lisa Gutkin song Gonna Get Through This World arranged for Present Music by Israeli composer Aviya Kopelman and sung by Donna Woodall.

The performance is in conjunction with the exhibit “Art, Life, Legacy: Northern European Paintings from the Collection of Isabel and Alfred Bader”. In-person PM performance ticket holders also receive access to the Milwaukee Art Museum galleries the day of the performance.

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