From the end of 1948 to the fall of 1950, Alaska participated in the airlift of 50,000 Jews from Yemen to the new country, in an exercise known as Operation Magic Carpet. British and American transport planes participated, with the majority of the flights apparently operated by Alaska Airlines after then-president James Wooten was moved by the plight of the Yemeni Jews. Airline employees flew in perilous conditions while helping to fulfill a Biblical prophecy that said the Yemenite Jews would return to their homeland ‘on the wings of eagles." Alaska made approximately 430 flights under treacherous conditions. The exhibit includes artifacts, such as the jacket worn by pilot Warren Metzger, video footage of pilots sharing their airlift experiences, and an interactive map showing the routes the planes flew while transporting refugees.
The exhibition includes more than 140 books, maps, prints, manuscripts, and paintings documenting Jewish contributions to American culture from the nation's founding to the Civil War. On display are many items from the Princeton University Library's Leonard L. Milberg ‘53 Collection of Jewish-American Writers, as well as loans from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Jewish Historical Society, and Mr. Milberg's personal collection.
Micaela Amateau Amato's glass sculptures, neon installations and work on paper synthesizes her Sephardic history with significant historical and societal issues including identity, ethnicity, migration and cultural hybridity. An artist with multiple origins, she adeptly infuses diverse visual traditions into the form and content of her works. Although imbued with deeply personal referents, Amato examines tolerance, prejudice, and coexistence, making her work coalesce the personal with universal issues. Amato describes her work poignantly: "A metaphor for convivencia, a cultural collaboration of diverse religions and ethnicities in Spain before the Inquisition, my cross-media work celebrates hybridity and calls for a reconciliation of Moslems, Jews, Christians and all other religions in the 21st century."
Halter, architect, painter, designer and stained glass innovator, is best known and remembered as a survivor of the Holocaust who channelled his relentless energy to ensure that young people recognised and understood the extent of the evil and genocide of the past and the frightening but persistent reality of the potential for repetition. This exhibition, whilst acknowledging the ‘cause' of Halter's art, concentrates on examining the ‘effect' through a selective survey of his career across a range of media, identifying, perhaps for the first time, the practice of preparing and creating stained glass as central to his creative process.
In richly detailed photographs, David Kaufman has captured many inherently beautiful spaces across the Polish landscape, ranging from ruined memorial gardens to restored places of worship. His work reveals the striking complexity of a place slowly embracing its Jewish past and present.
The Pink Pig. Fashionata. The Magnolia Room. The Great Tree. For most Atlantans, these terms evoke memories of Rich's, a department store chain that was headquartered in Atlanta from 1867 to 2005, when it was purchased by Macy's. The retailer began in Atlanta as M. Rich & Co. dry goods store in 1867, led by Hungarian Jewish immigrant Mauritius Reich (Anglicized to Morris Rich). It continued as M. Rich & Bro., then M. Rich & Bros., when siblings Emmanuel and Daniel entered the partnership. The flagship store moved to increasingly larger locations on Whitehall and finally to a landmark Palazzo style building on Broad Street.
Through approximately thirty photographic images and selected ephemera drawn from important archives and museum collections, as well as sound, moving images, and interpretive text, this intimate exhibition presents a concise overview of the history of the kibbutz movement in Israel, from the early settlements of 1909 to the present day. It also looks at the transformation of the kibbutz as Israel has become increasingly urban and modernized, and the movement's influence on American and Bay Area Jewish life.
The haggadah, the ritual text for the Passover seder, evokes the story of the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. While myriad haggadot have been created from the tenth century to the present, the exhibition highlights the unique and powerful story of The Szyk Haggadah (1940). Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), a Polish Jew keenly aware of current events, fused his two passions-art and history-into a visual commentary on the dangerous parallel between the Passover narrative and the alarming developments unfolding in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The exhibition includes all forty-eight original illustrations of Szyk's masterpiece that has become a mainstay in Jewish homes. Historical illuminated haggadot from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as contemporary versions, will also be featured.
Multi-media visual artist Hanan Harchol mines personal family psychodynamics to illuminate the complexity of ethical values in contemporary life. Highly charged conversations between the artist and his parents, depicted in animated videos and powerful, expressionist drawings, offer unexpected perspectives on the themes of envy, repentance, forgiveness, gratitude, love and fear, humility, and faith. Featuring the world premiere of two new animated videos by Hanan Harchol: "Humility" and "Faith"
Exodus tells us to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy." Over 50 leading international artists have created new works exploring the 21st-century meaning of Shabbat with joy, ingenuity, intellectual commitment, and profound beauty.
This new exhibition tells the story of our community's role in the struggle for freedom for Soviet Jewry. In addition to holding a 20-year daily vigil across the street from the Soviet Embassy, Washington Jews organized rallies and marches, waged letter-writing campaigns to pressure politicians, sent packages and holiday greetings to refuseniks, and visited Jews in the Soviet Union. The exhibition will be presented in two locations: at Washington Hebrew ongregation through April 6, 2014 and at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington from September 1-November 24, 2014.
Tiles clacking, players chatting and laughing, exclamations of "Two bam!" "Three crack!" and "Four dot!" ... these are the memories shared by women who gather together to play the Chinese game of mah jongg. This exhibition explores the traditions, history, and meaning of the game of mah jongg in Jewish-American culture through dynamic formats, including 20th century popular objects, a visitor-activated soundscape, large-scale graphics by Isaac Mizrahi, and a game table at the core of the exhibition.
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings is a series of artist commissions at The Jewish Museum, initiated in 2013. Artists from around the globe have been invited to create new art or adapt a work for placement in the entrance lobby. Claire Fontaine's installation Tears comprises nine neon signs suspended from the lobby ceiling at The Jewish Museum. In each, the phrase "isle of tears" is written in a different language: French, Polish, Russian, Yiddish, Greek, Italian, German, Spanish, and English. These were the languages most commonly spoken at the Ellis Island immigration station by the people who came to America through its doors-nearly sixteen million between 1892 and 1914. The neon lights, in lambent blue and green hues, create a wavelike color field above the spectator. Located in the lobby-the liminal space between the outside world and the realm of art-they mark a point of transition for the visitor. With their multilingual voices they serve as surrogates for the millions of poor immigrants who landed at Ellis Island filled with hope and trepidation.
The Jewish Museum presents a major exhibition of sculpture from the 1960s featuring the work of artists from Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. It revisits and builds upon the Museum's seminal 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors, the first American museum exhibition to survey the style now known as Minimalism and which introduced such artists as Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria, and Robert Morris. Presented in two parts: Others 1 (March 14-August 3) will examine work created between 1960 and 1967, and Others 2 (May 25-August 3), will present work created between 1967 and 1970.
The second iteration of the Masterpieces & Curiosities series focuses on an important photograph in the collection by American photographer Diane Arbus. This captivating picture shows Eddie Carmel, a sideshow attraction billed by promoters as "The World's Tallest Man," as he struggles to stand upright in his parents' Bronx apartment. By showing Arbus's image and its mesmerizing subject in both historic and metaphorical contexts, this exhibition explores the symbolic implications of gigantism and hopes to elucidate our culture's pervasive fascination with the extraordinary.
An exploration of Jewish identity through portraiture: Jac Lahav's series of oil paintings depicts influential Jews, such as Anne Frank, Marcel Marceau and Frida Kahlo-including some surprises-and evokes the boldness and emotion of Andy Warhol's and Gerhard Richter's portraits. Lahav employs images of transcending figures in new contexts, while referencing historical modes of painting.
Works on paper with examples from several series of drawings conceived over the past thirty years. It includes the last remaining drawing from a series entitled "Caprichos," which marked the culmination of her career in Argentina with an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires in 1989. Troubled by repressive governmental policies, she emigrated with her family to the United States and Maine, where she further developed her unique artistic voice. Auslender's drawings embrace geometric forms that go beyond intellectual mark making to reveal a more private, even magical, inner life deeply rooted in the natural word.
View 24 hours in the life of a lone cheetah in the great savannah of the Serengeti. Scenes of the natural world are transformed into reflections on rhythms of time, movement across space and borders, and contemplation of ritual and change. Roberta Paul is a Newton artist whose work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally.
The Sexuality Spectrum offers a groundbreaking exploration of sexual orientation through the creativity of over fifty international contemporary artists. Artists including Judy Chicago, Joan Snyder, Arthur Tress, Archie Rand, Albert Winn, Trix Rosen, Joan Roth, and Mark Podwal explore a broad range of subjects: the evolving social and religious attitudes toward sexuality; issues of alienation, marginalization, and inclusion; the impact on the family, child-rearing, and life stages; violence and persecution; AIDS/HIV; and the influence of the LGBTQI community on the Jewish and larger world.
For one month the galleries at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art are filled with hundreds of masks created by Tulsa area school children. The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in six separate age divisions with all masks competing for the "Best of Show" award.
Between 1933 and 1941, thousands of Jews in flight from Nazi persecution sought haven in the United States, reaching out to relatives, friends, and even strangers. Against the Odds tells the story of American Jews who answered their call for help. Working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, these generous individuals overcame tremendous obstacles to help many of the refugees reach safety.
In 2003 a group of allied soldiers discovered thousands of Jewish books, documents, and artifactsi n the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters. This exhibit details the dramatic recovery of historic materials relating to the Jewish community of Iraq, and the National Archives' ongoing work in support of U.S. Government efforts to preserve these materials.
There are people whose contributions to baseball history went far beyond mere batting averages or stolen bases. They didn't just play the game, they changed the game. For generations of American Jews and other minorities, they served as athletic, cultural, and ethical role models. This groundbreaking new exhibition highlights these game changers and--just as importantly--the fans, ideals, and culture they inspired.
The Mittleman Jewish Community Center celebrates 100 years of community life this year. This exhibition provides a glimpse into the JCC's rich history through the photographs, documents and artifacts in the collection of the Oregon Jewish Museum.
Sara Harwin conceived of the Illuminated Letters project in 2007 to express her long-time fascination with the intersection between art and language. Inspired by traditional Jewish techniques of uncovering layers of meaning in sacred texts, Illuminated Letters both describes and enacts an artistic process of translating traditional Jewish texts into images. The installation's imagery derives from Hebrew word-roots found in classically significant lines of Torah. Harwin utilizes diverse techniques, including acrylic painting, paper cuts and fiber art.
The small exhibit of illuminated manuscripts on view through May 28 was gathered from several local collections and include a 16th century Breviary and 13th century Bible from the John Wilson Special Collections, Multnomah County Library; a 15th century Book of Hours from the Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University; a 13th century Bible from Mt. Angel Abby; and a 20th century example of Song of Songs, illustrated by Ze'ev Raban and courtesy of Kenneth Helphand. These works illustrate the relationship between language and art, a relationship that artist Sara Harwin draws upon in the adjoining exhibit, Illuminated Letters: Threads of Connection.
The painter and mixed media artist investigates how religion and spirituality transcend and influence the arts and the creative process. Here Eisen-Meyers recreates the seder by pulling from his own memories and drawing on the larger history of Passover to open up a dialogue for audiences and fellow artists. A re-envisioning of the Passover meal, it employs various 2-D and 3-D mediums to bring the canvas into real space and bind memory with the current location and state of mind of the viewer.
Dan Reisinger (b. 1934) is one of Israel's design pioneers, known internationally for his innovative use of symbols and vibrant visual language. This exhibition presents a selection of his iconic posters spanning the past fifty years, including posters of social and political protest (1963-1993), advertisements commissioned by the airline El Al (1968-1972), and a recent series focused on the changing architectural landscape of Tel Aviv (2012). Reisinger, who also created a fifty-meter-long wall relief for the Moshe Safdie-designed Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Israel, is known for producing work that conveys "maximum meaning" by "minimum means."
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major exhibition to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children's books include Whistle for Willie, Peter's Chair, and The Snowy Day—the first modern full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist. Published in 1962, at the height of the civil rights movement in America, the book went on to become an inspiration for generations of readers, transforming children's literature forever.
Every imaginable genre of Jewish music is represented in the Temple Judea Museum's collection of record albums and sheet music - all donated by friends of the museum. This exhibition uses music and related graphic art to document the evolution of American Jewish identity during the 20th century - from Shaindele di Hazzante to The Barry Sisters to Barbara Streisand; from Polish Cantor Moshe Kusevitsky to American Cantor Moses J. Silverman. Also included: Harry Belafonte's version of Hava Nagilah, Connie Francis performing Yiddish classics, My Fair Lady in Yiddish, Mary Poppins in Hebrew. Augmenting the exhibit: The Art of Record Album Covers by Artists of the TJMuseum Collaborative; Seeing the World of Women through Early Sheet Music; and a specialGallery Soundtrack.
With the cessation of the workday routine on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, relationships and the spirit are revitalized as family shares the precious time of festive meals. In synagogue, the day is marked by collective celebration and prayer, and with the ceremonial reading of the Torah. The objects on display in this special exhibit in our Mezzanine cases - all from the collection of Yeshiva University Museum - highlight two aspects of the Shabbat holiday: the private/domestic and the communal/ceremonial. The beauty and range of styles and material character of the objects reflect the wide geographic range and different social contexts in which Shabbat has been and continues to be celebrated.
This exhibition tells the rich and complex history of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, which dates back nearly 2,700 years. From the 16th century, Iran was ruled according to strict Shiite Islamic doctrine, and the lives of Jews were marked by periods of persecution and legal prohibition as well as by outstanding creative and intellectual achievements. Archaeological artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, Judaica, textiles, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, videos, and more highlight the complex and fascinating story of Iranian Jews and the beauty of Judeo-Persian traditions. This exhibition was created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot--The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Co-presented with the Center for Jewish History, in cooperation with the American Sephardi Federation.
Budapest-born Suzanne Perlman is 91 years young and religiously paints every day with vitality, intensity and a wonderful grasp of colour. A pupil of Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg and Sidney Gross in New York, her work reveals the influences of both artists. These bright and vivacious images of London represent a varied city, part Arcadia, part metropolis, part fantasy and part documentary. Her subjects include summer revels and autumn blooms in London's parks; traffic-laden busy thoroughfares; Covent Garden nightlife; booksellers on a glowing Southbank, and architectural vistas of the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and St. Paul's.
From Bauhaus to butterfly roofs in post-World War II residential architecture, this unprecedented exhibition on midcentury modernism will explore the influential role Jewish architects, designers, and tastemakers played in the formation of a new American domestic landscape during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Guest curator, Donald Albrecht.
Across a selection of more than 70 works, Mel Bochner: Strong Language reviews the artist's career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of language. In his spectacular recent paintings, Bochner juxtaposes the vernacular against the proper, the formal and the vulgar, the high versus the low, using terms often appropriated from Roget's Thesaurus.
Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah'ss video-recorded tableaux vivants often reference art history and paradigms of museum practices. Staging models and directing them to hold poses for extended periods of time, Hannah deconstructs the photographic image, undermining its verity. By drawing attention to the performance inherent within photography, he creates a space for reflection. At the same time, Hannah's work examines the conceptual and historic associations between the visual media of photography, painting and sculpture. His projects attempt to reveal both artistic and museological strategies of exposure, scrutinizing the articulation of the visible within the image field as well as the exhibition. In this newly commissioned, still in production, body of work, Hannah turns his interest in examining how photography produces meaning through dialogue towards the artist's own family. Starting with a yellowing photograph of his grandmother painting a portrait of his mother in Alaska in 1953, Hannah deconstructs the found snapshot, breathing new life into a sixty-year-old moment.
The trans-disciplinary practice of Toronto artist Penelope Stewart encompasses architecture, in situ installation, sculpture, photography, drawing and print. In recent years, Stewart has created a series of installations exploring the beehive metaphor in utopian architecture. Throughout entire rooms, high relief beeswax tiles were carefully placed on the walls, floor to ceiling, to create imaginary cityscapes. Designs referenced the ideas of modernist architects and landscape designers who were fascinated by the social model of the beehive, which began to represent a democratic ideal that could be used as a blueprint in the creation of the utopian city. The large beeswax maps enfold the rooms and transform them into sensory spaces. The smell of honey and the colours of the wax compel the viewer to touch and follow the roadways to imaginary sites, triggering memories of place, real and imagined, and history, both collective and individual. For the Koffler Gallery, Stewart will take her practice into a new direction to explore her beeswax work as a three-dimensional environment.
Sephardic Jews descend from Jews who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. Many of them settled in Jewish communities throughout the Ottoman Empire and along the Mediterranean Sea. They lived peaceably there for centuries, until the lure of better opportunities brought some Sephardic Jews to the United States. Portland's Sephardic community traces its origins to a small group of young men who immigrated first to Seattle from the Isle of Rhodes and Turkey and came to Portland around 1910. The stories of these first arrivals form a backdrop in which to explore the history and culture of Sephardic Jewry as it relates to Portland's Jewish community. The exhibit explores the historical, cultural, social and spiritual traditions of this small but fascinating community and examines its place as an integral part of the larger Jewish and general communities. In collaboration with Congregation Ahavath Achim.
Keren Or (Ray of Light) honors the prize-winning prose, poetry, and photography of creative Jewish teens, grades seven through twelve. The contest was founded in 2004 by Jerry and Eileen Siegel to honor the memory of their daughter, Karen Siegel-Jacobs, and to encourage the creative efforts of Jewish teenagers.
The Jewish Artists' Laboratory, in its second year, is an arts initiative through the Sabes JCC. To produce this exhibition, 25 local artists of varying artistic media and connections to Judaism have met twice monthly for unconventional study and creative hands-on sessions, exploring the theme of Light as relevant to their work, as individuals, and to the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewish art and history museums, historic sites, historical and archival societies, Holocaust centers, children's museums, synagogue museums, community centers, and university galleries · the professionals and volunteers who work in them · the children, adults and families who visit them · the patrons who support them · the organization that keeps them vital.