Exhibition Highlights Jewish Latin American Writers

La jofaina maravillosaThe exhibition "Escribir la Experiencia Judía: Writing the Jewish Latin American Experience" will be on view in the 4th Floor Exhibition Gallery of the UWM Libraries through December 27, 2013 (open Monday-Friday, 10am - 5pm).

Produced in association with the Symposium on Jewish Latin American Writers held October 23, the exhibit draws almost entirely from the rich collection of materials held in the library's Special Collections that document the Jewish Latin American experience.

The Jewish Latin America Collection (JLAC) in Special Collections at the UWM Libraries was established in 2007 with the creation of the Louis P. and Ethel S. Setlick Fund through the generous donations of Robert and Sandra Meldman of Mequon and Michael and Reena Hais of Arcadia, Calif., in memory of Sandra’s and Reena’s parents.

The primary goal of the collection is to identify and gather materials that serve as documentary evidence of Jewish life in Latin American and Caribbean culture, from newspapers and announcements to original community historical accounts to first and special editions of fiction and literary works. 

The collection supports a broad range of academic and community interests, including historical, literary, Spanish and Portuguese, Jewish, and Latin American and Caribbean studies.

With additional support from the community and university, the JLAC, along with its support group the JLAC Associates, has produced a series of successful academic programs, including presentations by Mirta Kupferminc and Saúl Sosnowski (2008), Ruth Behar (2011), Nelson Vieira (2012), and the fall 2013 Symposium on Jewish Latin American Writers with Marjorie Agosín, José Kozer, and Steve Sadow.

This exhibition presents a selection of materials from the JLAC, from early 20th-century historical and literary works to contemporary works of art, fiction, poetry, and scholarship. The unifying visual elements for the exhibition are a series of original, digital prints by Argentine artist Mirta Kupferminc from her “Hand Writing” series, an ongoing project to create digital prints based on her large-scale paintings of the palms of noted Israeli and Jewish Argentine writers.

All materials on display represent the wealth of materials being preserved in Special Collections for writing the Jewish Latin American experience. For more information, call 414-229-4345.

Image: Alberto Gerchunoff, La jofaina maravillosa (1927).