The exhibit "A Fine Romance" tells the story of Jewish artists who created songs of wit, sophistication and optimism which became the heart of the "Great America Songbook". The best songwriters combined a genius for melody, the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience. A high percentage of them were Jewish, from families that had immigrated to America in the 1800s or fled persecution at the turn of the century. Their witty and romantic songs - "Body and Soul," "Over the Rainbow,""That Old Black Magic," "It Had to Be You" - became beloved classics and elements of American popular culture.
"A Fine Romance" was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibit national tour has been made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, an anonymous donor, and Tablet: A New Read on Jewish Life.