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Religion’s Alanna Cooper discusses well known Jewish ark designed in 1949

Queens temple needs to find its massive ark a new home
New York PostAlanna Cooper, assistant professor and the Abba Hillel Silver Chair of Jewish Studies, discussed how a well-known Jewish ark, designed in 1949 by Polish-born artist Arthur Szyk is decorated in a Baroque style with symbols of the Jewish faith, which was in contrast to the more typically mid-century minimalistic style seen at the time. “It was very innovative and bold,” she said. “Szyk kind of bucked the trend and just said ‘I’m doing my own thing.’”