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Suggested Reading List: Belief Systems

  NOMA’s Learning and Engagement staff suggests the following books related to themes of belief systems. In partnership with Octavia Books, links are provided to purchase these titles through this independent bookstore based in New Orleans. For Adults There There by Tommy Orange, Vintage, 2019, ISBN: 9780525436140 https://www.octaviabooks.com/book/9780525436140 Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows… Read More

Roman Vishniac (American, born Russia, 1897–1990), Man Soaking Bread at Water Pump, c. 1938, Gelatin silver print, Image: 9 1/2 x 7 9/16 in. (24.1 x 19.2 cm); sheet: 9 13/16 x 8 in. (24.9 x 20.3 cm), Museum purchase, 74.95

Object Lesson: Man Soaking Bread at Water Pump by Roman Vishniac

  In 1935, Roman Vishniac was hired by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a leading humanitarian assistance organization, to photograph Jewish communities throughout Eastern Europe. Over the next few years, Vishniac built an extensive visual record of life in these communities, chronicling poverty in major urban centers and small villages alike. Although many of… Read More

Object Lesson: Ceylon cyanotype by Anna Atkins

A unique camera-less photograph NOMA’s collection was part of an extensive project to document plants from Great Britain and British colonies like Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). This cyanotype illustrates an early example of how important photography would become in our attempts to learn about and protect the natural world. Read More