Luminous Manuscript

Look up and you will find a breathtaking wall sculpture.  Pittsburgh Artist Diane Samuels took on the super human task of assembling more than 200,000 pieces of glass and Jerusalem stone which make up “Luminous Manuscript.” 

Look closely at “Luminous Manuscript.”  As it glistens and glitters what do you see? 

Does it look like a monumental page from the Talmud, or does it give you the impression of an iridescent book page?

Notice the alphabetic characters spanning 57 writing systems; the numbers that signify the passage of time, and the handprints of children who will be the next generation of history writers. 

“Luminous Manuscript” pays homage to the vast archival collections found at the Center.

Center for Jewish History
  1. Introduction to the Center for Jewish History and Biblical Species
  2. Luminous Manuscript
  3. Kindertransport: Rescuing Children on the Brink of War
  4. Rewind: Voices of the Past Advising the Future
  5. The Door Slams Shut: Jews and Immigration in the Face of American Reaction
  6. The David Berg Rare Book Room
  7. Nosotros 2.0 Connecting the Latino and Jewish Communities
  8. 1938Projekt: Posts from the Past
  9. All in the Family: Photographs from Across the Jewish World
  10. Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy
  11. When the Golden Door Closed, They Carried the Torch.  Advocacy in the Age of Immigration Restriction
  12. Lost and Found - A Family Photo Album
  13. Ackman & Ziff Gamily Genealogy Institute and Lillian Goldman Reading Room
  14. Collection Management and Conservation Wing