Thursday, June 18, 2015

The NYT on the Israel Museum's 50th

ANNIVERSARY: To Celebrate 50 Years, the Israel Museum Looks Back Much Further (ISABEL KERSHNER, NYT).
JERUSALEM — A softly lit case displays a small, gnarled implement that is said to be the world’s oldest known complete sickle, dating back 9,000 years. On a wall nearby, a video installation called “Shopping Day,” made by the Israeli artist Doron Solomons and set in an immaculate supermarket, offers a wry reflection on the branding and packaging of modern consumer products.

The two pieces, representing the genesis of agriculture and its latest end products, are part of an exhibit titled “A Brief History of Humankind,” a centerpiece of the 50th-anniversary celebrations this spring at the Israel Museum.

More on the Humankind exhibition is here. More on the Israel Museum's 50th anniversary is here, here, and here.