City of Gold, Bronze and Light: Jerusalem between Word and Image

As the ancestral and spiritual home of the Jewish people, Jerusalem has over the centuries been a constant focus of narrative and material description as well as of intangible and ethereal longing. Indeed, the city’s sacred character has often been evoked through richly palpable imagery, while its physical landscape has prompted mystical reflection. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War (June, 1967) and the reunification of the city, this exhibition explores the tension between the imaginary and physical Jerusalem, between the visionary and the illustrative, between word and image.

Featuring paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, medals, posters, books, video, architectural models and memorabilia from the collection of Yeshiva University Museum, with select loans from local collections, the exhibition juxtaposes an array of visual and material characterizations of the Holy City from the 17th to 21st centuries with a series of Talmudic, prose and poetic passages that highlight Jerusalem’s sometimes elusive, immaterial character.

In partnership with the Center for Israel Studies of Yeshiva University, the exhibition is complemented by a series of talks/walks through the galleries by writers, scholars and musicians, who offer portraits of Jerusalem from distinct historic, literary, religious, political and artistic vantage points.


Mon: 5:00pm-8pm
Sun, Tue and Thu: 11:00am-5pm
Wed: 11am to 8pm
Fri: 11am-2:30pm


Free: Monday, Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm and Friday

$8 for adults
$6 for seniors and students
FREE for YUM members, YU students and alumni and employees of reciprocal museums

Also on Display

ZIONISMUS: The German Roots of Zionism presented by the Leo Baeck Institute
Portugal, The Last Hope presented by the American Sephardi Federation
The Last Address presented by the American Sephardi Federation
Yidishe Kinder: Jewish Children and Their World Before the Holocaust presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
George Salter: A Legacy of Book Design presented by the Leo Baeck Institute