Ira S. Youdovin

‘Imaginary Coordinates’ or Community Coordinates?

The decision taken by Chicago’s Spertus Institute to terminate “Imaginary Coordinates,” a controversial exhibition on Israeli-Palestinian issues, has drawn plenty of media attention — and no small amount of criticism. But this is not an open-and-shut case of donor protests stifling a museum’s daring and creativity, as some have suggested. Instead, the core issue here is an ethnic museum’s responsibility to the community it serves as an educational resource and represents to the thousands of non-Jews who visit annually.