Lecture: Jewish Brides, Grooms, Merchants, and Craftsmen in Central Asia

A collaboration with the GW Department of Judaic Studies

5:30 PM: Reception
6 PM: Lecture

As regions of Central Asia came under Russian control in the nineteenth century, authorities commissioned photographer A. L. Kun to document the region. His surviving work, Turkestan Album (1870), provides a rare window into how the people of the region practiced religion, taught their children, and earned a living prior to the changes wrought by colonial penetration. Alanna Cooper, director of Jewish Lifelong Learning at Case Western Reserve University, looks closely at the images of the Jews, who were water carriers, vodka distillers, textile merchants, and teachers. She will compare depictions of Jewish life to portrayals of other local peoples. Special attention will be given to the niche that the Jews occupied in the manufacturing and selling of textiles. 

This program is a collaboration with the GW Department of Judaic Studies and relates to the exhibition Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat. Fee: $10/museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15/public. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Register online or call 202-994-7394.