Raise the Roof
A fascinating film about the reconstruction of an elaborate painted ceiling and roof of one of Poland’s vanished 18th-century wooden synagogues. Architects Rick and Laura Brown, who worked on this project for ten years, led an international team of 300 students and professionals from 16 countries, who tirelessly pieced together this beautiful structure. The film brings to life 18th-century Poland’s history, culture, science, and art.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Program Director of the Core Exhibition of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews:
“The recovery of this lost object is an epic story. All of a sudden, the image of Polish Jews known only from black and white photographs, too often an image of poverty, piety, and persecution, recedes and a vibrant world in living color, a world rich in imagination and spirit, takes its place. This is an unforgettable experience, a transformative one.”
Speakers: Project participants Sara Black, Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Charlie Roderick, Assistant Professor of Art at Harper College.
Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Dr. Timothy Fischell