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Discover the Art of Matrimony at Columbus Museum of Art

For Immediate Release:February 26, 2014


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(Columbus, OH) –The Columbus Museum of Art presents The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library April 1 – June 15. For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah, or Hebrew marriage contract, has been an integral part of Jewish culture. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. As testimonies to the sacredness of marriage, works of art, and repositories of Jewish history, these magnificent treasures offer insights and delights in equal measure.

Art of Matrimony features diverse ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and one is a recent gift to the Columbus Museum of Art of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert N. Shamansky.

Art of Matrimony and related programs are funded in part by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and the Pauline and Raymond Kahn Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Related Programs


Join CMA’s online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tagging it #CMAketubbah. You can visit the online gallery on the CMA website, www.ColumbusMuseum.org

The Art of Matrimony

Sunday, March 30, 4:00 pm

Join Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art at JTS, as she highlights the ornate decoration and fascinating stories in the exhibition. This program is presented in collaboration with the Melton Center of Jewish Studies at OSU. Tickets are $8 for CMA members, seniors and students, and $10 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at CMA or online at http:/members.columbusmuseum.org/mintz

“I do” – Contemporary Jewish Marriage Contracts and Hebrew Calligraphy Demonstration

Sunday, April 6, 2:00 – 2:45 pm and 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Join Columbus artist Pamela Feldman-Hill for an informal discussion of Jewish marriage contracts that she and other artists have created for contemporary couples. Feldman-Hill will also demonstrate the art of Hebrew calligraphy. Visitors can take home bookmarks with their name written in Hebrew. This program is free, no registration requested.

Customs and Contracts: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Learn about the do’s and don’ts of saying “I Do” in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim weddings at our panel discussion with Rabbi Harold Berman of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Dr. Azeez Haque of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Rabbi Sharon Mars of Congregation Temple Israel, Rector Richard A. Burnett of Trinity Episcopal Church, and Rabbi Howard Zack of Congregation Torah Emet. Free with admission and to guarantee a seat, please make a reservation at http://members.columbusmuseum.org/IDo

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.


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Discover the Art of Matrimony at Columbus Museum of Art Discover the Art of Matrimony at Columbus Museum of Art