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PROJECT MAH JONGG — A Nostalgic Exhibition Honoring the Memories and Meanings of the Game — is on view in a return engagement at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City through January 2017. The exhibition Project Mah Jongg explores the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American culture. Project Mah Jongg was created by the Museum of Jewish Heritage and was first exhibited from May 2010 to February 2011. It has been touring extensively around the country ever since. Due to popular interest, the Museum has brought this special exhibition back to New York. The original exhibition was designed by Abbot Miller, a partner at Pentagram Design, who designed an exhibit that highlights the intriguing objects and imagery surrounding the game. Exhibition curator Melissa Martens Yaverbaum points out that “each game of mah jongg—with its beautiful rituals and wide reaching cultural associations—is a performance of identity, fantasy, and memory. It is much more than a game, it is a powerful and multi-faceted expression of community.” Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, and illustrators Maira Kalman, Christoph Niemann, and Bruce McCall contributed drawings that re-interpret the game’s meanings and its influence on fashion and design. These imaginings are displayed in the exhibition, illustrating how mah jongg continues to be a muse for contemporary artists and designers.


Project Mah Jongg

January 08, 2017


Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Edmond J. Safra Plaza 36 Battery Place
New York, New York, United States
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