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Exhibit sheds light on Jewish contributions to American culture
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Exhibit sheds light on Jewish contributions to American culture

Rebecca Gratz, 1831, by Thomas Sully, American, born England, 1783–1872. The Rosenbach, Philadelphia
Rebecca Gratz, 1831, by Thomas Sully, American, born England, 1783–1872. The Rosenbach, Philadelphia

“By Dawn's Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War,” is on display at the Princeton University Art Museum through June 16 

Organized by the Princeton University Library, the exhibition consists of more than 160 books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and paintings, including some of the earliest novels, plays, scientific treatises, and religious works produced by Jews in the United States. The exhibition is based on the loans and gifts to Princeton University of Leonard L. Milberg, class of 1953, as well as loans from museums, libraries, synagogues, and private collections.

The show highlights how, in response to the challenges of liberty, Jews adopted and adapted American and Jewish artistic idioms to express themselves in new ways as Americans and as Jews. In the process, they invented American-Jewish culture and contributed to the flowering of American culture during the earliest days of the Republic.

Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For information, visit artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/1655.

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