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's Archive for July, 2009

Ephemera – Felice Pazner Malkin: “Cruelest of All – the King”

A theater poster by artist Felice Pazner Malkin was found in the Magnes collection. It advertises the 1953 Habima production of the play ‘Cruelest of All – the King” and shows a woman with bowed head clutching her red robe about her, hiding her face; the only text is the name of the play and theater. The artist was in important figure in the development of modern Israeli theater poster design and offers a fascinating account of its cultural context.

Happy Shavu’ot!!

Shavuot celebrates the beginning of the wheat harvest and, according to the Bible, any sheaves or stalks of grain that fall to the ground while the field owner’s reapers are working must be left for the poor.