J. Otto Seibold is one of America's most beloved and influential authors of children's books, yet remains somewhat of a hidden treasure here in the Bay Area. Born and raised in the East Bay, where he still resides, his Mr. Lunch books (written with Vivian Walsh) are the first children's books designed using computer software. His Olive the Other Reindeer is a holiday classic. In conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of the Mr. Lunch books, the exhibition will explore Mr. Lunch's history and Seibold's artistic process. Along with original artwork the exhibition will include interactive areas for children designed by Seibold with new content relating to Mr. Lunch.
J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch is based on three books by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh: Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, Free Lunch, and Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride.
Based on the Talmudic study principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM encourages learning through fellowship for Bay Area artists, established professionals, museum staff, and the entire CJM community. Capitalizing on the unique Jewish perspective inherent to The Museum, this program will take the practice of havruta and repurpose it for the contemporary art community. Each local artist invited to participate in In That Case will be given the opportunity of working with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of their choosing. The resulting collaborations will be presented here in the Sala Webb Education Center.Based on the Talmudic study principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM encourages learning through fellowship for Bay Area artists, established professionals, museum staff, and the entire CJM community. Capitalizing on the unique Jewish perspective, inherent to The Museum, this program will take the practice of havruta and repurpose it for the contemporary art community. Each local artist invited to participate in In That Case will be given the opportunity of working with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of their choosing. The resulting collaborations will be presented in the Sala Webb Education Center.
Through Letters to Afar, Budapest-based filmmaker and video-artist Péter Forgács, along with the NYC-based band The Klezmatics, revisit amateur movies made by Jewish immigrants from the US who visited their hometowns in Poland during the 1920-30s. Several decades later, Forgács rewrites these "visual postcards." Commissioned by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, New York.
Poland and Palestine: Two Lands and Two Skies consists of portraits made in the 1930s by photographer Ze'ev Aleksandrowicz (b. 1905, Krakow; d. 1992, Tel Aviv). After his death, his family discovered hislife's work-over 15,000 negatives. These images show their subjects in two distinct cultural contexts-in the streets of Kraków and in distant Palestine. In turn, the photographs become the starting point for telling stories about the relationship between these two worlds, full of contrasts and contradictions.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland is offering a different perspective on the Battle of Baltimore and its aftermath. This new exhibit follows the life of one of the most interesting characters in the fort, artilleryman Mendes I. Cohen - possibly the most interesting person you have never heard of! Cohen was a soldier, a banker, an adventurer, a politician, a philanthropist, a member of the elite, a member of a persecuted minority, a son of England, a son of Germany, an American patriot, and a proud Jew. The museum has turned the many twists and turns of this real life adventurer into a maze. Visitors follow Cohen from his rescue of the gunpowder during the battle, to his life in the family lottery business, to the struggle to give Jews the right to hold office, to his visit with the Pope, to his journey down the Nile and his status as the first American tourist in Palestine (and that's just the first half of his life!) The exhibit connects Cohen's journey to what was happening to Jews across America, Europe and the Middle East in the early 19th century. Through hands-on experiences and with authentic artifacts and letters, the exhibit explores how Cohen created a personal identity, and it allows visitors to reflect on how they are forming their own identities.
This is the first exhibition to explore the ideas, innovations, and influence of the legendary cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein (1872 - 1965). Madame (as she was universally known) helped break down the status quo of taste by blurring boundaries between commerce, art, fashion, beauty, and design. Through 200 objects Beauty Is Power reveals how Rubinstein's unique style and pioneering approaches to business challenged conservative taste and heralded a modern notion of beauty, democratized and accessible to all.
The Jewish Museum's exhibition series bringing site-specific works of art to the Museum's main lobby continues this fall with artist Willem de Rooij's Bouquet XI (2014), a monumental, visually complex floral sculpture composed of species indigenous to the Middle East - inspired by the fact that Israel, like de Rooij's native Netherlands, is a major flower exporter. Bouquet XI was realized with floral designer Bella Meyer, and contains allergenic flowers that may interrupt a pleasant viewing with sneezes or a stuffed nose. The drifting pollen alludes to the conflicts and harmonies that arise when borders are traversed and cultures collide, while the display of Middle Eastern flora, thousands of miles from their native habitat, hints at other global forms of movement, such as trade and commerce
Toronto artist Kristiina Lahde transforms ordinary objects and materials through a process of geometric re-organization in which measurement and pattern play a significant role. For her solo show at the Koffler Gallery, she expands her work to a larger scale, engaging the three-dimensional space and reimagining elementary forms and tools that mediate empirical explorations and our understanding of the physical world.
The Maine Jewish Museum presents "Graphic Realities," an exhibition of works by three Peregrine Press printmakers (current and former) which celebrates the diverse genre of printmaking. Christine Beneman's prints are constructed using a combination of processes; collagraphs, monoprint and trace monotypes. Most of the pieces are then cut out and layered. Jeanne O'Toole-Hayman's series of prints using paper plate lithography, drypoint and relief printing reinterprets and reconnects to iconic female figures from art history. Jane Banquer's work represents images taken from seacoast Maine locations, interpreted in black and white and color reduction woodcuts.
"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert," wrote Adolf Hitler in 1924. Organized by the United States Holocaust Museum, State of Deception examines the Nazis' keen understanding of mass communications and how they manipulated it in their quest to acquire power.
An innovative look at tradition, Diaspora, family and sacrifice, this exhibit touches on the traditions and the related cultural experience of two ancient tribal peoples: Jewish and Native American. It features the works of Cherokee treasures Jane Osti and Martha Berry, as well as creations from the members of the Southeast Indian Artists Association.
Israeli artist Liat Segal makes her US debut at the Museum with Scattered Light, an innovative work of new media art. The piece weaves together key phrases from George Washington's 1790 letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island affirming his commitment to religious liberty (on view at the Museum) with the reflections of Museum visitors collected from our It's Your Story recording booths. Both Washington's words and the contemporary commentary speak to the significance of religious freedom and to the continuing role we all play in its preservation. Scattered Light pairs the old with the new through the use of a wand embedded with LED lights that move over a photosensitive surface, "printing" Washington's words along with those of Museum visitors. The texts fade away over time, allowing new content to appear, creating an ever-evolving dialogue between history and the present.
Between 1942 and 1944, Anne Frank [born 1929] hid with her family in an attic in Amsterdam, writing daily in her diary. She did not survive the war and died of typhus in a concentration camp. Anne Frank: A History for Today depicts Anne Frank's brief life story, abundantly illustrated with family photos and passages from her diary. Her biographical narrative is enhanced by testimony from Holocaust survivors and helpers. Historical context supplements the story through documents and photographs detailing the rise of Nazi power in Germany and the tumultuous events of the Second World War and the Holocaust that followed.
The exhibit goes beyond the Anne Frank story and encourages the viewer to consider fundamental social values - tolerance, mutual respect, human rights, and democracy - as a way to educate the viewer about our individual and collective responsibilities to understand and respect diversity in our contemporary society.
In this portrait series, New York artist Aviva Klein documents women who are currently "living in the shadows," showing a glimpse into the life of an Agunah. The Hebrew word agunah is literally translated as "anchored" or "chained" and is a halachic term for a Jewish woman who is "chained" to her marriage. While the classic case of this is a man who has left on a journey and has not returned, or has gone into battle and is MIA, it also refers to a woman whose husband refuses, or is unable, to grant her an official bill of divorce known as a get. These women are no longer living with their husbands, but have not been released from the bonds of matrimony. This distressing phenomenon that has effectively ruined the lives of innocent people is known as the "Agunah Problem." Though a woman might wish to put her marriage behind her, she is not free to remarry. She is chained to an unwanted marriage. "I explore the loneliness and despair, as these women contemplate their future," states Klein.
This exhibit reflects on the positive: energy, thoughts, hopefulness and spirituality. Abstract and surreal images are created using vivid colors to bring out these emotions of well-being. Mixed media, textures, and acrylic on canvas create layers which reflect depth and the impact of our emotions. The movements of the lines suggest that life is ever-changing.
Amy Reichert's floating Hanukkah lamps, blossoming Shabbat candleholders, pearl-laden Sabbath goblets, desert-inspired Seder plates, and ethereal mezuzot offer a thoughtful new take on traditional designs. The fifteen objects in the exhibit were selected to showcase the artist's creative process, which blends sophisticated interpretation of Jewish texts with innovative contemporary design and local artisanal craftsmanship.
From the 1920s through the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains, within easy driving distance of New York City, were a popular vacation destination for millions of Americans, many of them Jews. Known as the Borscht Belt, the resorts of Sullivan and Ulster County combined recreational activities with nighttime entertainment - especially stand-up comedy, which was born in the region's theaters and showrooms. At its peak during the post-WW II era, the region known as the Borscht Belt sustained more than six hundred year-round hotels, as well as over a thousand bungalow colonies and summer camps. In this series of beautiful, richly textured, large-scale photographs, complemented by original memorabilia, Marisa Scheinfeld documents the dramatic degradation of some of the most famous Borscht Belt hotels: ghostly remnants of the glory years; powerful evidence of nature's claim on the resorts and their landscapes; and new uses to which the spaces have been put in recent years. Image: Coffee Shop, Grossinger's Catskill Resort and Hotel, Liberty, NY, 2011.
In conjunction with its foundation in 1973, Yeshiva University Museum commissioned ten scale models of historic synagogues. The models were constructed under the direction of leading scholars and historians, using the most up-to-date research and architectural information. The models were built with intricate architectural detail and with materials that richly evoke the original structures and their interiors. This exhibition marks the first time in two decades that the models have been on display as a group.
The ten synagogues reflect the geographic breadth of the Jewish world across the centuries, from the ancient Mediterranean - Dura-Europos in 3rd-century Syria and Beit Alpha in 6th-century Galilee - to modern America and Europe - Touro in 18th-century Newport and Tempio Israelitico in 19th-century Florence. The models are exhibited here, together with plans, photographs and selected correspondence that document the conception and process of the commission.
Bound to Be Held: A Book Show will celebrate the book as object. Josh Greene, a San Francisco artist who creates social interactions, turns the Swig Gallery into a place where both celebrities and private individuals publically present books that have been important to their lives, and shared readings take place over the run of the show. The exhibition, in two parts (Read by Famous and The Library of Particular Significance), gently coerces the visitor to think about how we interact with one another in the museum space.
"Home" is an exhibit of the works of Portland based painter and moving image artist Shelley Jordon. Included will be Jordon's recent still lifes and recent animations, all on the theme of everyday objects.
Warren Hellman (1934-2011) was an investment banker, philanthropist, musician, and music enthusiast who believed in the importance of community arts. He may now be best recognized for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (HSB), which he founded in 2001. Held annually in Golden Gate Park, the free festival draws more than 700,000 people. The exhibition centers on film footage from HSB's archive of live performances-making hundreds of hours available to the general public for the first time. Also included: resonant personal objects like Hellman's Star-of-David rhinestone studded jacket and signed banjo. Hellman was a distinctly San Franciscan iconoclast and uniquely Jewish figure.
Co-presented with Reboot, this interactive installation allows visitors to contribute their own Six-Word Memoir to a live stock ticker on view in the lobby of The CJM. Take a seat on our Arne Jacobsen swan sofa and use Twitter on your smart phone to instantly add your Six-Word Memoir to the live feed. The Reboot installation on Jewish life is based on SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoirs, a project inspired by Ernest Hemingway's legendary shortest of short stories, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." This succinct form has become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination, or simply break the ice.
Based on the Talmudic study principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM encourages learning through fellowship for Bay Area artists, established professionals, museum staff, and the entire CJM community. Capitalizing on the unique Jewish perspective, inherent to The Museum, this program will take the practice of havruta and repurpose it for the contemporary art community. Each local artist invited to participate in In That Case will be given the opportunity of working with an established writer, scientist, thinker, or academic in a field of their choosing. The resulting collaborations will be presented in the Sala Webb Education Center. Featured artists: Lindsey White (Oct. 23), Helena Keefe (Jan. 22), and Anthony Discenza (Apr. 30).
Sacramento-based artist Dave Lane's Lamp of the Covenant, a ninety-foot long, 12,000-pound installation, suspended overhead as visitors enter The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM). Lane's work is the first major commissioned installation to appear in The CJM's Koret Taube Grand Lobby. The artist's body of work mixes recycled and sculpted steel, old tools and Edison bulbs, globes and utensils in an astonishingly modern way. Chief Curator Renny Pritikin, who commissioned the installation for The CJM, says, "When I first saw Dave's work in 2006, I was blown away. I had never seen anything quite like it in my life." Lamp of the Covenant ties in themes celebrated in Lane's body of work, including the ideas of creation, how the lamp signifies the presence of the divine, and how light embodies the human relationship with the cosmos.
The inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded Derfner Judaica Museum uses approximately 250 objects to explore the intersections of Jewish history and memory as they inform individual and communal identities. Among the featured objects: a silver filigree kiddush cup, ca. 1911; an early copper alloy Hanukkah lamp; from the famed Bezalel School; a set of 18th century Torah implements from Meerholz, Germany; and a velvet fish-scale embroidered matzah cover from turn-of-the-century Jerusalem.
From the first Sephardic family that settled Natchez in the late 1700s to the height of Jewish trade and business in the 1800s and the construction of the second temple in 1905, the exhibit documents the history and everyday life of Natchez's Jewish families. Extensive use of historic Henry C. Norman and BIll Aron photographs make this exhibit a fascinating cultural study. Tours are conducted year-round by appointment. Please call the Museum at (601) 362-6357.
Through oral history interviews, photographs, and archival sources, this online exhibition explores Jewish women's organization of British Columbia. It charts the history of Hadassah/CHW, Na'amat, and National Council of Jewish Women. These very dedicated volunteers made significant contributions to the city, the province, and the world. While Hadassah/CHW and Na'amat raised funds for healthcare and education projects in Israel, National Council assisted new immigrants, children, and the elderly her in BC. Through their work, these women pushed the boundaries of so-called "women's work", playing out the ambiguities that arose in the years after the Second World War in the form of Second Wave Feminism.
More than 500 photos and artifacts depict the Jewish experience in Florida since the 18th century, with thematic presentations on community development, discrimination, earning a living, identity, and immigration - the acculturation process to which people of all backgrounds can relate. Personal artifacts, films, photos, timeline and contemporary art attract a universal audience and provide an engaging, up-close museum experience.
The Synagogue Speaks is an original multi-media exhibition in the newly-restored Lloyd Street Synagogue. The Synagogue Speaks tells the story of the landmark synagogue and the three immigrant congregations--two Jewish and one Roman Catholic--that occupied it.
The area surrounding the Jewish Museum of Maryland was the center of immigrant Jewish life in Baltimore in the early 1900s, but today only a few remnants of its Jewish past survive. This exhibition chronicles a place of constant change, where people of different backgrounds lived, worked, created community-and came together in the renowned Jewish market known as Lombard Street.
According to the oral tradition, the Roman emperor Titus, after capturing Jerusalem in September 70 CE, was transporting many Jews to Rome as slaves when his ship was driven by a storm onto the Albanian coast. Instead of throwing his captives into the sea, he allowed them to disembark, and they eventually made their way to the area in which loannina later was established. This exhibit marks the century since Ioannina was incorporated into the Greek state.
A visitor center and permanent exhibition at the Museum at Eldridge Street on New York's Lower East Side integrates Judaica, Yiddish signs, other artifacts, and interactive media displays to tell the story of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue and the immigrant community from which it emerged.
To honor the Holocaust survivors who have volunteered their time over the past thirty years to share their painful WWII experiences at the Museum of Tolerance, the MOT engaged Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth to photograph each of these ambassadors of memory, hope and tolerance.
Inspired by the ancient flood story, which has parallels in hundreds of cultures around the world, this multi-sensory indoor and outdoor attraction invites visitors to board a gigantic wooden ark and to play, climb, build, discover, problem-solve and collaborate alongside handcrafted, one-of-a-kind animals. An innovative, delight-filled destination for children and families of all backgrounds.
The exhibit explores the continuing impact of the most widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times. Despite countless exposures as a fraud, the myth of a Jewish world conspiracy has retained power for Nazis and others who seek to spread hatred of Jews. Technology has now made the Protocols available via the Internet; it continues to be circulated by those promoting violence, and even genocide.
This exhibition reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques, new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany and to drive the world into a war that cost some 55 million lives, including six million Jews. It includes rare posters, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting the pivotal role of propaganda in the Nazi effort.
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