[Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries, reel 53; Spertus Museum Symposium]

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A class of 8th grade students take a tour of the Spertus Museum of Judaica's 1994 exhibition "Bridges and Boundaries." In this tape, the class discusses works by Claire Wolf Krantz and Kerry James Marshall.

0:00Copy video clip URL Paula, the museum docent, speaks to the class about the significance of Rosh Hashanah, which is central in Claire Wolf Krantz’s piece for the show, and how the holiday relates to the themes and issues expressed throughout the exhibition.

4:16Copy video clip URL The class moves on to Kerry James Marshall’s piece, which shows various ways the Star of David have been used and misused. Some of the students are familiar with the gang symbols which appropriated the star for their own purposes, and one student talks about what the six points of the star symbolize within Chicago’s gangs. They also talk about the importance of good parenting.

9:55Copy video clip URL The tour ends and the students begin to leave the museum. The microphone worn by Paula records some of her conversation with a group of students.

13:01Copy video clip URL A girl from India talks about one of the dresses on display in the Spertus Museum of Judaica’s permanent collection and the symbolism of the mango seed in India.