Executive Director, the Breman Museum
Q: What is the Breman Museum?
Leslie Gordon: I look at the Breman as a hidden gem in Atlanta’s cultural, historical and Jewish landscapes. We have the stories of southern Jewish history in the Cuba Family Archives and we teach the history of the Holocaust through the stories of survivors who made Atlanta their home. As the new executive director, I plan to continue telling these stories through dynamic exhibitions, events, and new programming. We are actively expanding our offerings to showcase more areas of the contributions Jews have made to culture and the arts. For six years we have been the home of the Molly Blank Concert Series that celebrates Jewish contributions to music. Looking ahead we will add literary arts, theater and even dance. Look for Breman After Hours, Breman on the Road and other programs that will make us a significant cultural center for the Jewish South.
Q: Why should I visit the Breman Museum this summer?
Leslie Gordon: I would like to invite all of Atlanta to visit the Breman Museum this summer. The season is magical with an exciting lineup of exhibitions and programming. You will find three exhibitions and a full schedule of programming and events. Our award-winning permanent exhibition Absence of Humanity: The Holocaust Years 1933-1945 tells the history and reflects on the lessons of the Holocaust through photographs, video, testimony, and objects. This exhibition tells a big story and can be seen over and over, always revealing fresh new insights. In another gallery you can view the history of Atlanta through a Jewish lens in EIGHTEEN ARTIFACTS: A Story of Jewish Atlanta . And finally, my favorite, our blockbuster exhibition that is closing August 11th, INESCAPABLE: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini. These exhibitions along with programming featuring magic shows, Magical Mondays, Genealogy, Holocaust Education and a wide array of other programs guarantee a great experience for all.
Q: Why does the Breman have an exhibition about Harry Houdini?
Leslie Gordon: I love how the story of Houdini is portrayed in this exhibition because it presents the many aspects of his life from poor young Jewish immigrant to international superstar. Houdini accomplished a phenomenal body of work during his 52 years. He was the ultimate promoter, performer, innovator, entrepreneur and was always in touch with his Jewish background. The exhibition includes rare films of Houdini, the only known recording of his voice and multiple interactives for kids and families. Come and be amazed.