Client: New-York Historical Society
Project: The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World
Our Role: Fabrication and Installation
Description: New Project worked with the New-York Historical Society to fabricate and install display cases for their exhibition The First Jewish Americans: Freedom and Culture in the New World, which ran from October 28, 2016 – February 26, 2017. The exhibition follows the trajectory of a people forced from their ancestral lands in Europe, as well as their homes in South America and the Caribbean, to their arrival in New Amsterdam in 1654 to the unprecedented political freedoms they gained in early 19th-century New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston. Drawn from the N-YHS’s holdings as well as loans from other individual and institutional collections, these rare portraits, drawings, maps, documents, and ritual objects (including a Torah vandalized by the British during the Revolutionary War) illuminate how 18th- and 19th-century artists, writers, activists, and others adopted American ideals while struggling to remain distinct and socially cohesive amidst the birth of a new Jewish American tradition. We are extremely proud to have contributed to this exhibition whose themes and teachings are still resonant today.
All installation images courtesy New-York Historical Society/Glenn Castellano