This exhibition brings together for the first time the work of five powerful, individual, figurative painters working in Britain in the 1950s: Joan Eardley (1921-1963), Sheila Fell (1931-1979), Eva Frankfurther (1930-1959), Josef Herman (1911-2000) and L S Lowry (1887-1976). Spanning the years 1945-64 and featuring some 50 works including paintings, works on paper and related ephemera from more than 20 lenders, both public and private, it showcases the range, inventiveness and often widely differing approaches to figuration and practice by these five painters in this pivotal postwar period.
The exhibition celebrates the singular vision of one of the most influential portrait photographers of the twentieth century. Over the course of nearly seven decades, Arnold Newman (1918-2006) created iconic images of some of the most prominent innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of his time. Martha Graham, Phillip Glass, Marilyn Monroe, Grandma Moses, Salvador Dali, Paul Auster, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. This first posthumous retrospective of the photographer's work features over 200 vintage black and white photographs including Newman's most famous portraits, as well as numerous works never before shown publicly.
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.
Although Paul and Hedy Strnad perished in the Holocaust, their memory lives on in the form of a letter and Hedy's dress designs, which form the core of this haunting exhibit. The Milwaukee Repertory Theater's costume shop meticulously created with historic accuracy the eight dresses and accessories from the original sketches by using period styles and techniques. Museum staff has collected years of research to give visitors a closer look into the lives of this couple - a story that represents one of the millions of lives extinguished by the Holocaust and the immeasurable loss of talent and creativity.
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.
Russian folk dancers and a balalaika player mingle with strutting roosters; Admiral Dewey and a Russian peasant guard a pair of American flags; tennis racquets fan out, a hot-air balloon takes flight, and a circus acrobat performs a horse act while a rocking chair and a Star of David appear side by side. A potpourri of Russian, American, and Jewish motifs, this colorful quilt tells multiple stories.
Through select paintings, this exhibition offers a revealing parallel view of two key Abstract Expressionists. Born one year apart, the female Lee Krasner (1908 - 84) and the African American Norman Lewis (1909 - 79) shared similar family situations and came of age in the economic, social, and historic complexities of the 1930s. They formed their creative identities in the artistic and cultural ferment of New York City that was to catapult it to the center of the art world after World War II. Each experimented with approaches that joined abstraction and cultural specificity. Their work similarly brims with gesture, image, and incident, yet was often overlooked by critics in their time.
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.
Prior to World War II, Jewish lawyers in Germany were accepted members of society and comprised about 40% of all members of their profession. In 1933, a statute banning all Jewish judges, prosecutors, and lawyers from the courts was issued. The exhibit, Lawyers Without Rights, focuses on these individuals and tells the story of what happened.
Portrayed in the exhibition are more than 25 Jewish lawyers and judges, both well-known and lesser-known, some of whom successfully escaped. The exhibition panels feature both biographical information and photos of the persecuted as well as documents and historical evidence. The vivid presentation of individuals' fates is completed by several general panels ranging from the beginnings of exclusion until the end of persecution after 1945.
"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.
In 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Israel Quilters Association put out a call to artists world-wide to attend the conference and to enter a quilt to be shown in an exhibit to be held during the conference. The exhibit, titled The Many Faces of Jerusalem, was exhibited on the BYU campus on the Mount of Olives, and is coming to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in October 2014.
The Quilts chose Jerusalem for its international, multicultural character. The Capital of Israel, Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. People of many ethnic groups, nationalities and religions live together nestled among the history, architecture, and legends that span thousands of years. The Israel Quilts Association invited artists to enter quilts in this exhibit; quilts that expressed their ideas, hopes, memories, and dreams of Jerusalem. The result is a multicolored and multicultural feast for the eyes; the textiles of dream.
Fans of both fine art photography and Star Trek legend will be thrilled with this acclaimed photographic exhibition of Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves. Nimoy, an accomplished photographer, mastered his alternate identity as the famed Mr. Spock. Nurturing his artistic interest in hidden identities, volunteer subjects were invited for photography sessions to reveal their secret selves, whether by costume, pose, or attitude. The resulting portraits are the Secret Selves exhibit.
'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah explores the history of Hanukkah and Christmas music and the musicians, artists, and songwriters who wrote and performed them. The installation combines a cozy living room setting with modern technology to deliver a compelling story about the blending of American and Jewish musical traditions. 'Twas explores how performers used popular songs to shape the sounds of the holiday season, the soundtracks of religious holidays, and the musical standards we know today through interactive song and video platforms, as well as images of holiday-related artifacts from the Museum's collection of 30,000 objects-all delivered on curated iPads accompanied by text and graphics of holiday celebrations. The installation features well-known artists such as Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, Bob Dylan, the Ramones, and Lou Reed, as well as Christmas gems by the likes of Jewish salsa giant Larry Harlow, and Jewish stage and screen icons Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson.
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.
The intersection of family, business and Jewish life come together, featuring four local Jewish family owned business spanning three or more generations. Documented through photography by Steven Cohen and written interviews by Josh Awend, this exhibit artfully captures the generations at work. Each family has their unique stories to share. Featured businesses include: American Drapery Systems, Inc., Cedar Box Company, Ernest I. Fink Agency, & Ribnick Fur & Leather.
Planned in conjunction with the 2015 Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival, this exhibit features mixed media colorful and witty celebrity caricatures by Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven. Piven's illustrated compositions are assembled from common objects and scraps of materials, including items which are often associated with the subject, and pieces from the world around him. His works have appeared for the past twenty years in major magazines and newspapers. Piven's artwork can also be found in children's books, exhibiting across the world in galleries, and in advertising campaigns and TV programs.
Hollywood's film history is a Jewish and an American story alike. This exhibition highlights the émigré actors, directors, writers, and composers who were refugees from Nazi persecution in Europe. Among these luminaries were Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder, Franz Werfel, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Waxman. Through film footage, concept drawings, costumes, posters, photographs, and memorabilia, it explores the origins of their exclusion from the German film industry and focuses on their subsequent contributions to American cinema and culture, particularly in the genres of the anti-Nazi film, exile film, film noir, and comedy.
Complementing Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933-1950, The Noir Effect explores how the film noir genre gave rise to major contemporary trends in American popular culture, art, and media. Featured artists include Bill Armstrong, Ronald Corbin, Helen K. Garber, David Lynch, Karina Nimmerfall, Jane O'Neal, Alex Prager, Rouse & Jones, Ed Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman. Focusing on key noir elements such as the city, the femme fatale, the antihero, and moral codes, the exhibition looks at cult films such as Chinatown (1974) and Brick (2005); graphic novels and comics, including Luke Cage Noir and Spider-Man Noir; children's books and games; and art and photography. Participatory gallery activities, including an opportunity to write noir narratives and try on character costumes, encourage you to reinvent noir for yourself!
This immersive installation by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger (b. 1969) transforms the Skirball's Ruby Gallery into a setting reminiscent of a Viennese café house from the early twentieth century. Café houses played a crucial role in the lives of female artists and writers as places for debate, networking, and inspiration while they were struggling for political and artistic recognition. The installation commemorates the cultural history and impact of these cafés, while encouraging visitors to engage in new, creative discussions over coffee and food provided by Zeidler's Café.
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.
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.
"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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