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A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

March 22, 2015 to August 2, 2015

As the 19th century drew to a close and the 20th century began, a surge of Jewish immigrants arrived on American shores. Struggling to assimilate to the ways of their new world, men and women shared their personal hopes and fears with Abraham Cahan, legendary editor of the Jewish Daily Forward and creator of its enormously popular advice column. The column was called A Bintel Brief — Yiddish for “A Bundle of Letters” — and it spoke with unparalleled immediacy to both the humor and heartbreak of the immigrant experience, from family squabbles to crises of faith.

Liana FinckTalented young Brooklyn-based cartoonist Liana Finck brought these letters to life in her book, A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York. Spertus Institute presented a selection of her illustrations, sketches, and etchings.

Liana Finck studied fine art and graphic design at Cooper Union College. She switched her focus to drawing comics, liking its looser conventions since she “hated being told what to do.” She is a former Fulbright Fellow and recipient of a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Her cartoons can be found in The Forward, The New Yorker, Lilith, and Tablet Magazine.

Sponsor Info

Exhibitions at Spertus Institute are supported in part by the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

A Bintel Brief