Zachary Levine

Director of Exhibitions & Collections
zlevine@nbm.org
202.272.2448, ext. 3405

Overview

Levine has worked as a curator and consultant for museums across the United States. He cut his teeth as curator at Yeshiva University Museum in New York where he developed exhibitions on the intersection of art and history through diverse topics such as amateur travel films, comic books, textile art, and the effect of religion on architecture and urban history. In addition to curating exhibitions, he produced gallery films and digital interactives, cultivated the museum’s online identity, and oversaw exhibition installation.

Levine came to Washington, D.C., in 2014 to develop the core exhibition for a new museum of Jewish history and culture. In this position, he also wrote articles and tours of D.C.-area history and shaped the strategic planning for the new museum’s collections. Of note, Levine helped rescue Washington’s only known synagogue mural. Later, as an independent consultant, Levine provided strategic, exhibition planning, and grant-writing services for museums, historical societies, and arts and social-justice organizations.

Levine trained as a historian of east and central Europe. He specialized in the Cold War and international philanthropy. His historical interests broadly include the history and culture of technological innovation, nationalism, and the built environment. Levine regularly speaks publically on historical issues, as well as matters of importance to the museum community. He is has been a board member of the Council of American Jewish Museums since 2013.

Selected Publications

“The Latest Revolutionary Chapter?” in Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews, McFarland (2014)

“A Curatorial Tour: It’s a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond,” in It’s a Thin Line: Eruv from Talmudic to Modern Culture, KTAV (2014)

“Concealed in the Open: Recipients of International Clandestine Jewish Aid in Early 1950s Hungary,” in Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association (2012)