Out of the East
- Dates: April 5, 1950 through June 4, 1950
- Collections: Asian Art
December 21, 1949: The Brooklyn Museum announces the purchase of a group of 18 Jewish ritual silver objects from the Mrs. Mira Salomon collection, which was auctioned at the Parke Bernet Gallery on December 6.
The 18 objects cover a wide geographical area and illustrate the influence of European styles in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There are objects for domestic use and synagogue use. Among the objects for domestic use are: Seder and other plates, spice boxes, Hanukah lamps, a megillah or Book of Esther with silver mounting, and a prayer book for the Day of Atonement with silver cover. Objects for synagogue use are: silver torah crowns, breast plates, finials and pointers. Also an 18th century embroidered panel from the veil which covers the Holy Ark.
The objects will not be exhibited until they are featured in the major Spring exhibition “Out of the East” (on the art of the three chief religions: Judaism-Christianity-Islam which originated in the East). This exhibition will open to the public on April 5.
The Museum is grateful to the following whose generous contributions to a special fund made this important purchase possible: Benjamin Abrams, Mrs. Edward C. Blum, Robert E. Blum, Moses Ginsberg, Miss Elizabeth A. Goodman, Mr. and Mrs. Morris W. Haft, S. Ralph Lazrus, Isador Leviton, Herman Mendes, Louis M. Rabinowitz, Alvin S. Rosenson, Joel E. Rothenberg, Walter N. Rothschild, Mrs. Alex Socolof, Moses Spatt, and Fred Zeitz.
Photographs available on request.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 10-12/1949, 127. View Original
April 5, 1950: OUT OF THE EAST, an exhibition of the ritual art of three religions which originated in the East (Judaism, Christianity, [Mohammedanism]), opens to the public today (Apr. 5) at the Brooklyn Museum. A private opening was held yesterday evening (Apr. 4) at eight P.M. for Museum members and their guests. The exhibit will remain on view through June 4.
Emphasis has been placed on the vessels and vestments used in either the ritual of the various religions or for the ornamentation of houses of worship.
The exhibition is not confined to any period but ranges from archaeological documents of the 6th century B.C. to a modern print of the Crucifixion by George Rouault.
In the Jewish section, the various festivals of the Jewish year are illustrated by beautiful objects for home or synagogue use: silver Torah crowns, Hanukah lamps, spice boxes, elaborate breast plates, pointers, finials, etc.
Among the Christian objects shown are: paintings and sculpture, a Gothic enamel reliquary, a fine ornate Spanish silver processional cross of the Late Renaissance, rich vestments of the Greek church made on Turkish looms in the 16th century, paintings of Christian subjects as interpreted by Oriental artists, etc.
Beautiful enameled glass lamps used in the decoration of Mohammedan mosques, prayer rugs for private devotions, candle sticks and rare representations of Mohammedan religious subjects are also included.
Lenders to the exhibition are: Cooper Union Museum, French and Company, Georgetown University, Hebrew Union College, The Jewish Museum, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, The Palestine Galleries, Yale University. Also: Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, Charles E. Feinberg, Miss Ray Harrison, Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Dikran Kelekian, H. Kevorkian, Mrs. Kikor Minassian, H. Khan Monif, Dr. Arthur Upham Pope, Ray W. Smith, Siegfried Strauss.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1947 - 1952. 04-06/1950, 033. View Original