The JDC Archives invites to a webinar: "If Objects Could Talk" by Abra Cohen
Wednesday, September 30 2020, 2: 00pm -3:30pm (EDT)
Abra Cohen has been an archivist at JDC since July 2015. She holds an MA in Jewish Art and Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA in Art History from the University of Michigan. She has led the project to rehouse, digitize, and expand the JDC Archives collection of artifacts and ephemera.
Drawing from the rich holdings of the JDC Archives Artifacts and Ephemera Collection, Abra will analyze a range of objects which shed light on the impact of JDC assistance and the experience of JDC aid recipients over the past century. The Artifacts & Ephemera Collection contains close to 1,000 works ranging from posters and illuminated records to precious artwork and gifts from Jewish communities around the world. These unique treasures offer a rich historical overview of JDC’s relief activities over the past century in 90 countries. Given the visual and dynamic nature of these objects, the collection helps to enrich and complement the JDC Archives’ photograph and text holdings. Bureaucratic correspondence and reports come alive when partnered with this wide range of mixed-media objects that reflect the social fabric of global communities and the humanitarian response to monumental historical events.