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Admissions free for members and children under 5.

Yeshiva University Museum explores the tension between the imaginary and physical Jerusalem. Look between the visionary and the illustrative, between the word and the image of a city that looms larger than life.

As kaleidoscopic as the holy city itself, City of Gold, Bronze and Light: Jerusalem between Word and Image features paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, medals, posters, books, video, architectural models and memorabilia, drawn from the collection of Yeshiva University Museum, with select loans from local collections.

The exhibition juxtaposes visual and material characterizations of the Holy City from the 17th to 21st centuries with a series of Talmudic, prose and poetic passages that highlight Jerusalem’s sometimes elusive, immaterial character. Its title refers to the verse in Naomi Shemer’s beautiful and iconic 1967 ode to the city, Jerusalem of Gold: “Jerusalem of gold / And of bronze, and of light / Behold I am a violin for all your songs.”

In partnership with the Center for Israel Studies of Yeshiva University, the exhibition is complemented by a series of talks/walks through the galleries by writers, scholars and musicians, who offer portraits of Jerusalem from distinct historic, literary, religious, political and artistic vantage points.