In 1993, the Jewish Museum commissioned Elaine Reichek to create an installation exploring her American Jewish identity. Through the use of braided rugs, a Colonial-style canopied bed, and other traditional decorative furnishings, A Postcolonial Kinderhood reimagined Reichek’s 1950s childhood bedroom, its décor symbolizing desired assimilation into mainstream American culture.
The new installation, A Postcolonial Kinderhood Revisited, will include some elements recently created by the artist. The exhibition’s return presents an opportunity to contemplate its historical significance, as well as introduce new lines of inquiry.
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