A collaborative exhibition with Southampton City Art Gallery which explores the limitless possibilities of working on paper. No Set Rules celebrates the richness and diversity of each collection, presenting 49 works by 37 artists, seven of whom - Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Jane Joseph, Leon Kossoff, Michael Rothenstein, Glenn Sujo and Edward Toledano - are represented in both. The works cover a wide range of subject matter, techniques and practice, moving from figuration to abstraction to explore 100 years of expression on paper.
s part of its centenary celebrations, Ben Uri has partnered with the Royal College of Music (RCM) to exhibit the hidden treasures of its musical heritage for the first time at the Royal College of Music's Museum of Music. Artworks providing an expressive visual and narrative counterpoint to RCM's archival materials include a folk-art inspired design (1915) by Ben Uri founder, Lazar Berson; a glorious colourist Still-Life with Guitar (1935) by Mark Gertler, key ‘Whitechapel Boy' and associated with the Bloomsbury set; Isaac Lichtenstein's angular Blind Fiddler (1924), showing the influence of Cubism and the ‘Ecole de Paris'; Josef Herman's poignant sketched recollection of a life destroyed by the Holocaust (c. 1940-43); and Mark Wayner's satirical jibe at celebrity of the day, Sir Henry Wood (1931, recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the RCM).
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.
Bound to Be Held: A Book Show celebrates 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.
Now in its tenth iteration, this event invites artists from a variety of backgrounds to explore a Jewish ceremonial object within the context of their own medium and artistic philosophy. This year the focus is the tzedakah box (or pushke in Yiddish), a ritual object that relates to one of the most important obligations in Judaism: giving to those in need regardless of one's means. Participating artists working in a wide range of media were encouraged to interpret this unique object from a contemporary perspective, exploring its ongoing relevance and universality.
Interested in how a reader's fear can be piqued by the use of suggestion rather than description, artist Discenza and writer Straub have conducted research into the history of an obscure late nineteenth century artists' movement known as Das Beben, and have written a new horror text focusing on an ill-fated exposition the group had planned to mount at a private estate in England.
Twenty Surrealist-inspired linocut prints created in Czechoslovakia in 1962. A key figure in modern Slovak art as both a teacher and artist, Hlozník had an immeasurable impact, particularly in the graphic arts. He established the Department of Graphic Art and Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava after he joined the faculty in 1952. From this department emerged what is referred to as The Hlozník School, a generation of Slovak graphic artists that approached art with a "deeply humanist experiencing of the world, on the border of reality and dream, of drama and poetry," wrote Ľudovít Petránsky. Hloznik's ongoing commitment to social justice is evidenced by his participation as one of 24 signatories representing important Slovak cultural figures who endorsed the "Declaration on the Deportation of the Jews" a proclamation published in 1987, which denounced antisemitic measures against Slovak Jews during World War II.
The artistic, intellectual and literary movement known as Surrealism originated in Paris in 1924. Surrealists were interested in representing the subconscious, which they believed to be more "real" than observable reality. To achieve this, they adopted strategies, such as automatism, letting the unconscious guide the artist's hand, free from "any aesthetic or moral concern," as the movement's founder, the poet André Breton, had written in the Surrealist Manifesto. The Hebrew Home's Art Collection includes many examples of works of art by Surrealist and Surrealist-inspired artists, from Salvador Dali, Roberto Matta and Pablo Picasso to Yosl Bergner, Joan Fine and Joan Mitchell. These works explore manifestations of Surrealism across a broad geographic and temporal spectrum.
The 17 illustrated journals in the exhibition were created between 1987 and 2013 and represent a selection from a larger body of writings that Brin began when he was 22 years old. In the journals, Brin utilizes micrographic writing, abstracted drawing and collage elements to explore topical, historical and literary themes, resulting in a unique history of our times.
Biblical texts frequently impact attitudes and policies that affect women's lives to this very day. By engaging us visually with an interpretation of biblical women, artists find ways to creatively examine women's many attributes and reach an understanding of the wisdom imbedded in the texts. Who's Huldah? features fine art by twenty-one modern and contemporary artists and three 18th-century masters, offering divergent understandings of several women and unexpected explorations of their behavior.
The first in a series of annual pop-up exhibits. Among the over 120,000 photographs in our collection, those of Schiffer stand out as the work of a true master. Having fled wartime Vienna and post-war Buenos Aires, Schiffer opened his photo studio on Seymour Street in 1958 and quickly established himself as portraitist of immense talent. He was sought out by local luminaries including Arthur Erickson, Chief Dan George, Louis Armstrong, and many other notable figures. Schiffer tracked Vancouver through its turbulent years of transformation from small town to surging metropolis.
Artists of all mediums have found inspiration in the people, history and cultures that comprise Wisconsin's diverse landscape. Among them are a number of noted Jewish artists like Fred Berman, Aaron Bohrod, Joseph Friebert and Alfred Sessler, the focus of this special grouping from the collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum.
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.
Collection objects, including Hanukkah lamps, marriage contracts, mezuzah cases, spice containers and Torah binders, together with works by contemporary artists such as Walead Beshty, Sarah Crowner, Abraham Cruzvillegas, John Houck, Koo Jeong A, Amalia Pica, and Hank Willis Thomas, illustrate how differences and derivations can reveal significant meaning.
In How We See, Laurie Simmons draws on the "Doll Girls" subculture of people who alter themselves with makeup, dress, and even cosmetic surgery to look like Barbie, baby dolls, and anime characters. Evoking the tradition of the high-school portrait - when teenagers present their idealized selves to the camera - Simmons photographed fashion models seated in front of a curtain, cropped from the shoulders down.
This is the first exhibition to explore how avant-garde art influenced and shaped network television in its formative years, from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. During this period, the pioneers of American television - many of whom were young, Jewish, and aesthetically adventurous - adopted modernism as a source of inspiration. Through TV clips, memorabilia, and ephemera, the show highlights the visual revolution ushered in by early American television and modernist art and design. Artists represented include Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, and Andy Warhol.
Hannah, Gertrude, Alice, Betty, Nadine, Golda, Susan, Claude, Nancy, Grace, Diane . . . is a series of 34 portraits by the London-based painted Chantal Joffe. Hung salon-style throughout the Skirball Lobby, this new body of work explores notable Jewish women of the 20th century such as Diane Arbus, Gertrude Stein, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt. Bringing together these figures creates a universal family album, a tribute to their contributions as well as an inspiration for those in the present, still able to leave their mark.
Featuring installations by Toronto author Martha Baillie and artist/curator Malka Greene with writer Alan Resnick, Erratics explores the tensions between memory and fiction, bringing together two archives where photography takes a central role in uncovering hidden narratives. Conveying two personal stories, these collections of images, texts and records reveal both the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history.
Time, weather, political and demographic shifts inevitably erode cities and buildings. These along with occasional upsurges of violent anti-Semitism, have been particularly thorough erasers of the physical evidence of Jewish history. SYNAGOGUES360 provides a visual record of Jewish culture, showing and preserving synagogues by means of interactive 360 degree panoramic photos. It invites you and future generations to view the interiors of Jewish places of worship, which are clear and irrefutable indicators of the state of Jewish culture, architecture, art and stature in their communities throughout the Diaspora. Each synagogue is literally a "sign of the times" and window into the Jewish past and present.
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. Created and organized by The Contemporary Jewish Museum with guest curator Donald Albrecht.
Avedon’s striking fashion photography and minimalist, emotion-filled portraiture broke boundaries and, for nearly a half century, helped define Americans’ perceptions of beauty, politics, and power. NMAJH is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition from the Collection of the Israel Museum, which unites two seminal bodies of work by the influential American Jewish photographer: a series of four portrait murals inspired by the revolutionary atmosphere of the 1960s and early 1970s, and a series of 69 portraits entitled The Family, originally published in Rolling Stone magazine on the eve of the 1976 election.
Portland based painter and moving image artist Shelley Jordon explores interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. Using traditional drawing and painting media applied to two dimensional artwork, animation and installation, she expresses the complex nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal. Daily life, relationships and every day objects are investigated and informed by perceptions of previous experiences that reveal emotional and psychological resonance and reflect the passage of time.
Beginning in the late 19th century, Jewish immigrants shared their hopes and fears with Jewish Daily Forward editor Abraham Cahan in the paper's popular advice column A Bintel Brief. From family squabbles to crises of faith, the column conveyed the humor and heartbreak of the immigrant experience. A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York features a selection of illustrations, sketches, and etchings from cartoonist Liana Finck's book of the same name.
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.
Fried was born to an upper-class Hungarian family just after the turn of the 20th century. Among the Victorian social conventions he learned in childhood was the custom of sending messages with flowers; in a society that refrained from direct speech and obsessed over detail and subtlety, floral arrangements communicated sentiments not so easily expressed in words. What messages could Fried's still life paintings convey?
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.
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.