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The Histories (Le Mancenillier): With an Exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Synagogue

October 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Artist David Hartt’s installation uses music, video, sculpture and tropical plants inside the main sanctuary of the historic Beth Sholom Synagogue to interrogate the past and present of black and Jewish diasporas in the U.S. and across the world. Frank Lloyd Wright’s midcentury design provides an evocative setting, and the nineteenth-century American composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk serves as a focal point with music to animate the physical environment of the exhibition. Born in New Orleans in 1829 to a Jewish father and a Creole mother, Gottschalk studied performance in Paris and was a contemporary of Chopin, composing internationally recognized songs that incorporated American and Afro-Caribbean vernacular music fifty years before the rise of ragtime and jazz. The exhibition is a surprising new way to experience this national historic landmark.

In this artist conversation, David Hartt chats with fellow artists and critics about the genesis and meaning of this work. Check back here for full details.

The exhibition runs from Sept. 11 to Dec. 19 with a number of programs including musical activations and a film screening during that period.


Beth Sholom Congegation
8231 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027 United States
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