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  Leibowitz Cary The Maier Ephraim Ed Cunicelli 200706042-005976.JPGMy name is Matt Singer. I write for the Philadelphia Museum of Art and organize exhibitions for the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. To learn how this happened, feel free to checkout this not quite tongue-in-cheek recounting of the development of my career in the arts.

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My academic, professional, and personal interests include contemporary art, Jewish-American history and experience--the encounter between Pennsylvania Germans and German- and Yiddish-speaking Ashkenazi Jews in late 18th through early-20th centuries, in particular--and the history and contemporary expressions of liberal religion.

 

In the banner (above; left to right): the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Congregation Rodeph Shalom (615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA), home of the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art; Historic B'nai Jacob Synagogue (Middletown PA), which my great-grandfather helped found in 1906.

Illustration (at left): Untitled (The Maier Ephraim), 2003, by Cary Leibowitz. This painting on wood is a memento of Assimilatiana: Conscious Consciousness (2003-4), a site-specific installation created for the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art by the New York-based artist Cary Leibowitz. "Maier Ephraim" is a transliteration of my Hebrew name. To read more about Cary Leibowitz and learn why clipper ships are a recurring motif in his work, please see the "Gallery" section of this blog.

Photo: Ed Cunicelli 

 

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