Ben Uri is honoured to start the world tour of this seminal monumental installation from 1986-87. The 32-panel installation by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid has not been presented in public since the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1990. Komar and Melamid both graduated from the Stroganov Institute of Arts and Design in Moscow in 1967 when they first exhibited together. Their career together until 2003 and individually since is synonymous with challenging establishment and traditional thinking with a cutting wit and piercing satire in a post Soviet and perestroika world.
This exhibition explores the history of Jews in Atlanta through artifacts, images, and oral histories. The story of Jewish Atlanta began as it did in many other Southern towns, but its narrative would take dramatic turns as Atlanta became a stage for regional, national, and international events over the next 170 years. Jews played a role in every significant event in Atlanta's history, and in many cases Jewish men and women were instrumental in creating essential social, business and educational organizations. By showcasing important artifacts representing major turning points in this story, we hope all who visit will leave with a sense of the significant ways the Jewish community has shaped the city of Atlanta. As visitors encounter these Eighteen Artifacts they are encouraged to consider and share their own connections to the selected people, places or events.
The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Breman Museum by highlighting diverse pieces from Jewish collectors in and around Atlanta. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase the breadth and depth of Jewish-owned collections in Atlanta. Approximately 40 pieces will be displayed in a 3,000 square foot gallery space. Dr. William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art, will be serving as our guest curator.The exhibition will feature paintings, sculpture, glass and non-traditional art from different periods to show the wide array of holdings in private collections.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum debuts an original kinetic sculpture, Negev Wheel, created by famed environmental artist and sculptor Ned Kahn. A longtime Bay Area resident, Kahn is known for creating installation works at the intersection of art and science that explore, mimic, and play with phenomena found in nature. Spanning twenty feet in diameter, Negev Wheel is a colossal steel disk that frames a reservoir filled with a mixture of glass beads and sand from Israel's Negev Desert. As it spins, avalanching sand organizes into wave patterns suggestive of churning liquids. This mesmerizing piece invites contemplation of unity and complexity, change and permanence, while raising essential Jewish questions about building a reality of meaning, community, and generation.
The relationship between dance and visual arts has been an ongoing theme in the field at least since Edgar Degas' iconic ballerina paintings and bronzes. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse designed ballet sets for the early twentieth century Ballets Russes; in addition, there has been a mutual influence between dance and performance art, epitomized by the innovative work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch. These collaborative projects echo The CJM's Havruta program's goals. The sixth iteration of the In That Case series brings together a Bay Area visual artist, Kota Ezawa, and the San Francisco born and raised contemporary dancer, James Kirby Rogers, now part of The Houston Ballet II. Ezawa's and Rogers' project takes inspiration from filmic dances like Fred Astaire's shadow dance sequence in Swing Time (1936) and the collaboration between video artist Nam June Paik and choreographer Merce Cunningham
The exhibition, co-curated by CJM Assistant Curator Pierre-François Galpin and independent curator Lily Siegel, presents work by twenty-four artists who grapple with memories that are not their own. This exhibition expands on the groundbreaking work by Dr. Marianne Hirsch on postmemory. There are many forms of memory: memories we have experienced, memories we have heard as family stories and from popular culture, even memories from an imagined future. Through their work, these artists search, question, and reflect on the representation of truths related to ancestral and collective memory-ultimately attempting to deal with their own past.
According to Katz, this installation of five mixed media assemblages was inspired by a request from his children to build a three-dimensional book that would illustrate the biblical text. Katz used found objects, his father's old tools, and other castoffs from a pile in his studio or steel yard in each of the pieces titled after the first five books of the Bible - Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Each sculpture is filled with industrial detritus and other vestiges removed from their former utilitarian context. Still they provide a way into the text.
Numbers are integral to Jewish rituals, belief, significant historical dates, and daily life. Numbers and numerology have been at the core of Biblical understanding since the Bible was codified and possibly before. Inescapable, numbers are the global language of humanity. More than fifty contemporary artists illuminate the meaning of numbers and their symbolism through a broad range of artistic media.
This exhibition, by photographer Wyatt Gallery, documents the oldest Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere. Images from the remaining historic Jewish sites in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius and Suriname reveal the significant yet little-known legacy of Judaism in the New World. Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews from a melting pot of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and other cultures, these dwindling communities now contain only five historic synagogues. The exhibit shows the strength of the Jewish people, the beauty of the culture and raises awareness of the urgent need for preservation and protection of these threatened historical resources.
Floridian Jews have been involved in all aspects of the fashion industry, designing, manufacturing and dressing and influencing the local and international scene in all types of clothing from beachwear to ball gowns. From the now- 95 year-old Sylvia Whyte designer, whose children’s clothing brought the likes of Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra and Zsa Zsa Gabor flocking to her Miami Beach store in the 1950s, to an 11 year-old entrepreneur now embarking on her first clothing line incorporating her grandfather’s artwork into her designs, Floridian Jews have created a large footprint on this industry. With iconic brands like Perry Ellis and Chico’s, climate-influenced guayaberas, golf shirts and Florida furriers, to funky wearable art and bikinis and belts made out of local snakeskins, this exhibit will surprise and inspire you!
Upend museum conventions with Take Me (I'm Yours), an exhibition featuring artwork that visitors are invited to touch, interact with, and take home. Creating new and site-specific works, 42 international and intergenerational artists provide a uniquely democratic space for visitors to participate in the creation and ownership of art. The presentation encourages shared experiences and direct engagement, exploring themes of community and the role of museum collections by giving art away rather than holding on to it.
Showcasing John Singer Sargent's magisterial painting, Mrs. Carl Meyer and her Children (1896). It depicts Adèle Meyer with her children Elsie Charlotte and Frank Cecil, and is one of Sargent's most beloved portraits.
The Jewish Museum presents the first U.S. exhibition focused on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). Showcasing rare furniture, light fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for important projects in Europe and America, including the famous Maison de Verre in Paris and the Robert Motherwell House in East Hampton, Long Island, the exhibition will bring together rarely-seen works from major public and private collections around the world.
Margaret Nomentana makes non-objective paintings and mixed media collages. Nomentana says her art making is a form of self-discovery, infused with the light of Maine's changing seasons and her own emotional weather. Marty Kremer has studied blown and fused glass for many years. He has wanted to see within and through the thick walls of a glass vessel; that has led to an exploration of windows, which are passages as well as destinations. Guest Curator: Anne Zill
Through video, 3-D structures and 157 black-and-white photographs, the exhibition shows how ordinary people risked everything to fight for equality in the 1960s while also asking, "who can right the injustices that continue to spark anger across the country today?" Said Maltz director Ellen Rudolph, "Much like cellphone video and digital media is doing today, these photographs helped catapult longstanding racist practices into the national consciousness, and their power is undeniable." (Image by Matt Herron)
Works that touch on traditions and related experience celebrating the lives of loved ones in two historical cultures: the Jewish people and the Hispanic people. Featuring work from Oklahoma Hispanic and Day of the Dead artists.
Celebrate five decades of preserving and sharing the legacy of Jewish art, history and culture in Tulsa with an exhibition showcasing artifacts from the original donations in 1966 including beautifully handcrafted objects of Judaica and archeology.
Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Bill Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the '60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of Fillmore concert posters, the exhibition will explore the momentous cultural transformations of the '60s, '70s, and '80s through the lens of rock & roll. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
Joel Itman's exposure to European Jewish culture and art created throughout the centuries allows him to create vibrant contemporary Jewish art that bridges the past and the present. His art expresses a Judaism that is alive and vibrant. The exhibit features about forty-five original pieces created with the idea that Jewish art must evolve and be accessible and understandable to the younger communities with both Jewish and non-Jewish, engaging interests that range from secular to orthodox. As Joel recreates ancient images into present themes, he invites others to explore the wealth of Jewish lore. He researches, draws, and paints fantastical ceramic interpretations of historical objects, artifacts and illuminated parchments created through centuries to beautify Jewish heritage. His work is populated with human, animal, and imaginary characters, representing a universal sense of humanity at its best.
Renowned for his inventive interplay of line, dot, and color, Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) shaped a new form of fine art. Departing from the intellectual, nonfigurative style of Abstract Expressionism, Lichtenstein depicted everyday objects and drew inspiration from comic books, advertisements, and children's books. By integrating such popular imagery into the realm of fine art, he invited viewers to recognize the world around them in his work.
The exhibition explores how the artist, a vanguard of the Pop Art movement buoyed by a renaissance in printmaking, made fine art accessible to the American public. The exhibition features prints from Lichtenstein's Bull Profile and Surrealist series, as well as the iconic Sunrise and Shipboard Girl. Additional works on display range from political subject matter to paper plates, clothing, and shopping bags.
The exhibition also highlights Lichtenstein's longtime collaboration with Stanley Grinstein and Sidney Felsen, cofounders of L.A. artists' workshop Gemini G.E.L. And, to make Lichtenstein's creative work truly accessible to all visitors, one gallery will become an interactive space where visitors can step into Lichtenstein's reimagination of Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, brought to life in three-dimensional form.
This diminutive exhibition features eighteen diverse miniature objects, each of which shows the remarkable artistry that goes into the making of tiny Judaica. Included are miniature prayerbooks, scrolls, circumcision sets, and other ritual objects.
In 1981 and 1983, Columbus, Ohio photographer James Friedman traveled to Europe to photograph 12 Nazi concentration camps in Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, and Poland. At the time of his visits, during the Cold War, there was nothing left in many of the camps but a field or memorial sculpture or fabricated barracks to replace the ones that had disappeared. Friedman's color photographs make no attempt to travel back in time. Rather, they are unsettling and startling, juxtaposing hallowed ground with concession stands, maintenance workers, and tourists--challenging traditional approaches to this subject matter. Part of FotoFocus Biennial 2016.
Voices of Wisdom, in the new Ground Level Arts Lab, showcases new works created by Spertus Institute's inaugural cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. This year-long initiative brought together twelve distinguished local artists for workshops, study, and critiques. During the course of the program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of wisdom. The resulting work encompasses a remarkable array of media and approaches. Through technical skill and thoughtful engagement, the artists reinvent rituals, personalize liturgy, and capture the ever-changing face of Jewish life. (Image: Judith Joseph)
In 1969, Temple Beth El in Spring Valley commissioned a huge mural illustrating the Biblical account of the suffering and redemption of Job. The Rabbi at the time, Rabbi Frishman, felt that it was important Mesibov use figurative rather than more contemporary forms such as abstract or expressionist art to tell this story. The mural was completed in 1972. This year, as Temple Beth El was slated to be demolished following a merger with Temple Beth Torah of Upper Nyack, the congregation reached out to YU Museum to provide a new home for its mural.
In 1939, Paul Strnad wrote to his American cousin seeking help for him and his wife Hedy to escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Nearly 60 years later, the Strnad family discovered the letter in their basement, along with a packet of Hedy's dress designs. Hedy and Paul Strnad did not survive, but their story is brought to life through the contemporary creation of Hedy's designs and the piecing together of this couple's history. An original exhibit created by and on loan from Jewish Museum Milwaukee.
Organized by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA, this exhibition features 22 Rembrandt etchings of Jewish and biblical subjects and a drawing by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt's teacher. Also on view will be two Rembrandt etchings from the B'nai B'rith Klutznick Collection of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum.
This pop-up exhibition is a panel version of the large-scale exhibition organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History. The exhibition includes photos, labels, and interactives that explore the central role that our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.
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.
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.
In 1940, all Jewish residents of Efringen-Kirchen in Southern Germany were deported to France and then sent on to Auschwitz. German-American artist Trimpin's Pour Crever commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of these tragic events. In this installation of suspended water tanks, a computer-controlled mechanism developed by the artist releases sheets of water which spell out the names of the deported residents of his town; they fall through space and disappear forever into the pool below.
Based on the Talmudic principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM repurposes the practice by pairing visual artists with established professionals in another field of their choosing. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell and stylist and window designer Philip Buscemi partner on The Bureau of Suspended Objects, an investigation into the ways we invest and divest values into and from material goods, and ultimately, into the powers of visual merchandising.
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.
Morris Soskin met Rose Hyams while visiting Montreal for a Zionist convention in 1921. Before he left for his return to Vancouver, the two were engaged. As they counted down the days and hours to their wedding six months later, they wrote 275 letters to one another, expressing their love and longing. Online exhibit.
In 1950, the Canadian Pacific Railroad released a vast tract of forest stretching from 41st Avenue and Granville Street to 57th Avenue and Main Street in Vancouver. The middle third, reaching from Oak Street to Cambie Street, was soon identified for development into a residential community anchored by a commercial hub. The construction of this new neighbourhood, Oakridge, coincided with a trend of improved financial security among many members of the Jewish community. The large lots and bungalow homes of Oakridge fit the aesthetic of the post-war middle class ideal that many young families - Jewish and not - aspired to. A suburb within the city limits, this safe, quiet area was an ideal place to raise a family.
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.
Many people know of desegregation as it happened in the American South, but this exhibition shares the story and struggles of Latino families in Southern California almost ten years before Brown v. Board of Education. Covering the history of segregation and discrimination in California that targeted all non-White citizens, in housing, jobs, and schools, the exhibit includes the dramatic story of Mendez v. Westminster and the broad, multi-racial grassroots efforts to end school segregation in rural Orange County and elsewhere.
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.
Since May of 2015, the staff of the Skirball Museum has been hard at work unpacking, condition reporting, cataloguing, and photographing nearly 1500 works of art from the B'nai B'rith Klutznick Collection, now a part of the Skirball's holdings. Ten treasures from the collection remain on view, giving visitors a sneak peek at the breadth of this remarkable collection as the Museum prepares for a permanent display. This group of treasures includes antique and modern Judaica as well as 20th century paintings.
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.
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