Ayelet Pearl conceived of and developed the nonagenarian photography and archive project at Astoria Center of Israel in celebration of its 90th anniversary. Over the course of a year, she photographed and interviewed members, and put together a team of volunteers to begin the extensive work of organizing and analyzing the Center's archives. Read more about her work on the project here, or visit the exhibit in person. A catalogue chronicling the exhibit and featuring additional interview text will soon be available.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE EXHIBITION
PHOTOGRAPHED, CURATED, AND WRITTEN BY AYELET PEARL
THIS is but a small sampling of our archives; a gentle nod to the rich history that is Astoria Center of Israel. Ninety years of Jewish life in Astoria cannot be easily culled into a three-wall exhibition; our vast selection of documents, portraits, and prints could fill a museum. The back rooms of the building hide records that speak not only to the development of the Center itself, but the Queens Jewish experience throughout momentous historical events, from humanity’s worst affronts to its greatest achievements. READ MORE.