Dr. Loren Lerner, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, developed lectures for her online course Jerusalem: Ideas and Images, which are shared in the link below. This extensive course, with a strong Jewish emphasis, is a series of lectures accompanied by texts and pictures along with the lists of readings consulted. Also included is the annual student journal Dr. Lerner produced which contains the very best essays and works of art by the students in that year’s class. The course is a longitudinal study of many centuries that covers Jewish, Christian, and Muslim archaeology, art and architecture.
Course link: http://jerusalemjournal.concordia.ca/jerusalem_ideas_and_images.html
Note: Each lecture is a two-hour PowerPoint presentation with images and sound. Each has its own downloadable link, which may take a few minutes to download.
Accompanying images: Jerusalem: Ideas and Images Course Images
Loren Lerner is Professor Emerita of Art History at Concordia University. In her graduate teaching she has concentrated on ethnic, diasporic and ethical consciousness in North American art-making and the curatorial practices relating to Canadian art. Lerner’s research has focused on the intersections of art and religion. She was editor of special issues on contemporary art and religion for the journal Religion and the Arts and the Journal of Canadian Art History. Lerner has curated exhibitions including Memories and Testimonies/Memoires et Témoignages (Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, traveling exhibition) and Afterimage, an exploration of art works by Canadian women born near or after the end of World War II (Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre). Lerner’s publications include the edited volume Afterimage: Evocations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Arts / Littérature/Rémanences: Evocations de l’Holocauste dans les arts et littérature canadiens contemporains and essays such as “Sam Borenstein, Artist and Dealer:The Polemics of Post-Holocaust Jewish Cultural Identity,” “The Aron Museum at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal,” with Suzanne Rackover, “Jews in Canadian Art; and “The Canadian Jewish Connection to the Visual Narrative of Nationhood at the Jewish Palestine Pavilion in New York (1939) and the Israel Pavilion and Pavilion of Judaism in Montreal (1967). Her course offerings have included “The City of Jerusalem: Ideas and Images,” “Curatorial Practice: Global and World Art Studies,” “Hate, Violence and Genocide in North American Art and Theory” and “Canadian Artists of Eastern European Origin from World War II to the Present.” A pedagogical commitment to student web publishing guides Lerner’s teaching and the development of websites such as theJerusalem Art History Journal: An Undergraduate eJournal/Histoire de l’art à Jérusalem : cyberrevue étudiante de premier cycle, Public Art as Social Intervention: But Now I Have to Speak – Testimonies of Trauma and Resilience,Canadian Artists of Eastern European Origin, Global Engagements in Contemporary Canadian Art: Thirty-Nine Exhibition Essays and Fifty-Five Artists/ Art contemporain canadien et mobilisation universelle : trente-neuf textes d’exposition; cinquante-cinq artistes and Envisioning Virtual Exhibitions.