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New York, NY (October 18, 2004) - On view at Yeshiva University Museum from November 15 through December 30, 2004, is Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Two Exhibits and I.B. Singer In Film Celebrate the Centennial of Isaac Bashevis Singer “Becoming an American Writer: The Life and Work of Isaac Bashevis Singer” at Yeshiva University Museum “The Family Singer” at YIVO Institute for Jewish Researchat the Center for Jewish History November 16, 2004 - January 16, 2005

New York, NY - October 5, 2004 - 2004 is the centennial year of the master storyteller, Isaac Bashevis Singer, who, in 1979 became the seventh American and the first Yiddish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Two complementary exhibits honoring one of the most influential Jewish-American writers: “Becoming An American Writer: The Life and Work of Isaac Bashevis Singer” a traveling exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum and “The Family Singer,” will be on view from November 16, 2004 to January 16, 2005 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street. “Isaac Bashevis Singer In Film,” three films with introductions by distinguished speakers will be presented by Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO on November 22, December 13, and January 10, 2005.

BECOMING AN AMERICAN WRITER: THE LIFE AND WORKS OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER
In conjunction with the nationwide celebration of the centennial of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s birth, this National Endowment for Humanities funded traveling exhibition highlights important manuscript and archival collections related to this literary giant-the only Nobel laureate to have written in Yiddish. The exhibition traces Singer’s life from Poland to America and includes Singer’s famous Yiddish typewriter, handwritten notes and letters, early drafts of stories, manuscripts, his 1978 Nobel Prize certificate, and numerous other artifacts and documents, photographs, and memorabilia rarely seen and drawn from the Singer archive at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center of the University of Texas at Austin. Organized by the Library of America,and The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.

THE FAMILY SINGER
This exhibit will explore the lives and talent of the Singer family, including the patriarch, Pinhas Menahem Singer, a noted rabbinic author, the brothers I.J. and Isaac Bashevis Singer, as well as Singer’s sister, Esther. Photographs and personal documents will be on view. From the archives of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

FILMS
Isaac Bashevis Singer In Film:
November 22, 2004 7 pm Isaac In American, dir. Amram Nowak
December 13, 2004 7 pm The Cafeteria, dir. Amram Nowak, Introduction by Allan L. Nadler, Drew University
January 10, 2004 7 pm Enemies. A Love Story, dir. Paul Mazursky, Introduction by Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University

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Since its founding in 1973, Yeshiva University Museum's changing contemporary art and historical exhibits have celebrated the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements of over 3,000 years of Jewish experience. In 2000, Yeshiva University Museum moved to the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York City, where it occupies four spacious galleries, a children's workshop center, a docent room, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Other features of the building include a 250-seat auditorium, a shop, and the glatt kosher Date Palm Cafe. Visit www.yumuseum.org for more information about Yeshiva University Museum.

ABOUT THE YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH
Founded in 1925 in Vilna, Poland, as the Yiddish Scientific Institute and headquartered in New York since 1940, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research ( www.yivo.org) is devoted to the history, society, and culture of Ashkenazic Jewry, and the influence of that culture as it has developed in the Americas. As the only pre-Holocaust scholarly institution to transfer its mission to the United States, today YIVO is the preeminent resource center for East European Jewish Studies; Yiddish language, literature and folklore; and the American Jewish immigrant experience. The YIVO Library holds over 350,000 volumes; the Archives holds more than 23,000,000 archival pieces on East European and American Jewish subjects. A founding partner of the Center for Jewish History, YIVO offers a series of free cultural events, adult education and Yiddish language classes, scholarly publications, research opportunities and fellowships.
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