David Hartt: The Histories (Le Mancenillier) Installation

11 Sep - 19 Dec 2019
Beth Sholom Synagogue, 8231 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027


Beth Sholom Synagogue exterior, Elkins Park, PA. Photo by Lazlo Regos, courtesy of Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation.

Beth Sholom Synagogue Preservation Foundation presents a newly commissioned, site-responsive multimedia installation by visual artist and Pew Fellow David Hartt. Comprising video, sculpture, music, and other elements, David Hartt: The Histories (le Mancenillier) activates Beth Sholom Synagogue, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed National Historic Landmark in Elkins Park, just outside of Philadelphia. The organization describes the exhibition as a work that “considers histories of Jewish and Black Diasporas in the United States.” Hartt’s installation centers around 19th-century Jewish-American and Creole composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Ethiopian pianist Girma Yifrashewa will record the work of Gottschalk as the score for the installation, and a series of live programs featuring Caribbean, African American, and Jewish music by Philadelphia-based baritone Jean Bernard Cerin will activate the building on select Sundays.