#1: Zakhor: The
author raises some interesting questions in relation to Jewish art. He asks:
“Does one define Jewish art by a certain style? genre? the fact that is
was created by a Jew? for a Jew? or contains an image of a Jew…?…or must it
be religious in its subject matter?” (p. 197) He settles on a definition
by Richard Cohen: “that which reflects the Jewish experience,” and
chooses to focus on the Jewish idea of memory and its relation to architecture.
He suggests that architecture itself grew out of not simply practical need, but
out of a desire to memorialize, to “visualize the invisible,” to
“spatialize something from past time.” What do you think of this?