Exhibition Curator

David Lehman

Exhibition Design

Chester Design Associates, Chicago


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Using images from Broadway musicals, classic films, and personal collections, “A Fine Romance” tells the story of Jewish artists who created songs of wit, sophistication and optimism through America’s ups and downs during the 20th century.

Excerpt: "The best songwriters combined a genius for melody, ingenuity at fitting the right words to it, and the ability to connect with a wide audience. A remarkably high percentage of them were Jewish by birth and heritage. Some (Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers) came from relatively prosperous families with the foresight to immigrate in the 1860s or earlier. Others were children of refugees from Eastern Europe, who risked everything to escape pogroms and persecution in the years just before and after the turn of the century."


Arlen, Harold, 1905-1986, Harburg, E. Y. (Edgar Yipsel), 1896-1981, Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945, Fields, Dorothy, 1905-1974, Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989, Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979, Porter, Cole, 1891-1964, Hart, Lorenz, 1895-1943, Jolson, Al, d. 1950, Gershwin, George, 1898-1937, Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941, Hammerstein, Oscar, 1846-1919, Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983, Robin, Leo, Gensler, Lewis E., 1896-1978, Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983, Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984, Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976, Goodman, Benny, 1909-1986, Koehler, Ted, 1894-1973, Styne, Jules, 1905-1994, Cahn, Sammy