Vivian Mann

Dr. Vivian Mann is director of the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary. For many years, Dr. Mann was Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at The Jewish Museum, where she created numerous exhibitions and their catalogs, among them Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy; Convivencia: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain; and, most recently, Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land. In 2000, her Jewish Texts on the Visual Arts was published by Cambridge University Press, and in 2005, her Art and Ceremony in Jewish Life: Essays in the History of Jewish Art, was published by Pindar Press. In 2010, Dr. Mann curated the exhibition Uneasy Communion: Jews, Christians and Altarpieces in Medieval Spain at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), and contributed to and edited the accompanying catalog. Her many articles and lectures cover a broad range of topics in medieval art and the history of Jewish art.

Dr. Mann has been a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the NEA Fellowship for Museum Professionals, the NEH Fellowship for Research, and the NEH Collaborative Projects Grant for Interpretative Research (with Richard I. Cohen). She has also been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University. In 1999, Dr. Mann was awarded the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Jewish Thought by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for her successful efforts at establishing a new field of Jewish studies (Jewish art) and the Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at JTS. Dr. Mann is a founding editor of Images: A Journal in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, the first American journal in the field.

Published Works


Co-editor and contributor, Festschrift in Honor of Rachel Wischnitzer. Artibus et historiae, 17 1988).
Editor and co-author, The Jewish Museum (London and New York:, 1993).
Editor and co-author, Crowning Glory: Silver Torah Ornaments of The Jewish Museum, New York (New York and Boston, 1996).
Author, Jewish Texts on the Visual Arts (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Author, Art and Ceremony in Jewish Life.  Essays in Jewish Art History (London: Pindar Press, 2005).


Co-author and ed., Danzig 1939: Treasures of a Destroyed Community (Detroit: Wayne State Press, 1980).
Co-author and ed., A Tale of Two Cities: Jewish Life in Frankfurt and Istanbul 1750-1870 (New York: The Jewish Museum, 1982).
Co-author, The Precious Legacy:  Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections  (New York: Summit Books; German trans. Das Jüdische Museum in Prag, 1992).
Co-author, Treasures of the Jewish Museum (New York: Universe Books, 1986) with Norman L. Kleeblatt.
Co-author and ed., Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oxford: University of California Press, 1989); Italian translation: I Tal Ya': Duemilla anndi arte e vita ebraica in Italia (Milan: Arnoldo Mondadori Arte, 1990).
Co-editor and author, Convivencia:  Jews, Muslims and Christians in Medieval Spain (New York: G. Braziller and Company, 1992).
Co-editor and author From Court Jews to the Rothschilds:  Art, Patronage, and Power, 1600-1800 (New York and Munich: The Jewish Museum and Prestel Verlag, 1996) with Richard I. Cohen.
Co-author and ed., Morocco:  Jews and Art in a Muslim Land (London: Merrell Publishers, 2000).
Contributor, "Caminos hacia el arte Judío español," in Aragόn Sefarad.Vol. 1, ed. Miguel AngelMotis Dolader (Zaragoza, 2002-2003), pp. 371-80.
Contributor, "Convivencia in Andalusia and Morocco," and "Jews as Mediators of Art between Andalusia and Morocco," in Le Maroc. Les artisans de la Mémoire," ed. Ivo Grammet, exhibition catalogue (Antwerp, 2005).
Contributor, "The Artistic Culture of Prague Jewry in the Late Middle Ages," and nine catalogue entries in Prague: The Crown of Europe 1347-1427, ed. Barbara Boehm, exhibition catalogue (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005); German version: Jiří Fait, ed. Karl IV. Kaiser (Berlin, 2005).
Contributor, "Recapturing the Past," The Synagogue and the Carousel," ex. cat. Museum of American Folk Art, 2007, pp. 1-13.

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