Vivian Mann

Dr. Vivian Mann
Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Adjunct Professor, Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Dr. Vivian Mann is director of the Master’s Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture at The Jewish Theological Seminary. She organizes the Faculty Seminar on Jewish Art (in partnership with The Jewish Museum) and is arranging JTS’s Artist-in-Residence Program for spring 2009 and fall 2010.

For many years Dr. Mann was Morris and Eva Feld Chair of Judaica at The Jewish Museum, where she created numerous exhibitions and their catalogs, among them “Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy”; “Convivencia: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Spain”; and most recently, “Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land.” In 2000, her Jewish Texts on the Visual Arts was published by Cambridge University Press, and in 2005, her newest work, Art and Ceremony in Jewish Life: Essays in the History of Jewish Art, was published by Pindar Press. Dr. Mann’s many articles and lectures cover a broad range of topics in medieval art and the history of Jewish art.

Dr. Mann has been a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, NEA Fellowship for Museum Professionals, NEH Fellowship for Research, and the NEH Collaborative Projects Grant for Interpretative Research (with Richard I. Cohen). She has also been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University.

In 1999, Dr. Mann was awarded the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Jewish Thought by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for her successful efforts at establishing a master’s program in Jewish Art and for her scholarship in the field of Jewish art. In 2007, Dr. Mann (together with Steve Fine, Margaret Olin, and Catherine Soussloff) founded Images: A Journal in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, the first American journal in the field.

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