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 Circus of Life: Work by Susan Winicour (1939-2013) includes key paintings and works on paper representing Winicour's prolific output and focuses on work that while lively, depicts the pathos of the complexities of human interactions and relationships. The figures in her work often convey a paradoxical sense of enjoyment and detachment. They cavort, entertain, and perform with theatricality for audiences as well as for one another. Yet, many of her compositions possess edgy qualities that hint toward tension and unease. With virtuosic skill, Winicour mines a wide variety of influences from German Expressionism to ordinary visual vernacular.
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."
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.
Arnold Lobel (1933-1987), was the award-winning author and illustrator of some of the most beloved children's books produced since the late 1960s. Included amongst these are the classic early readers in the Frog and Toad series (1971-79), Mouse Soup (1977), and Fables (1980), which was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal. The exhibition features over one hundred original illustrations and works on paper highlighting Lobel's detailed illustration technique and warm, funny tales of love and friendship, mostly among animal friends. Lobel subtly reflected on human foibles in a charming world populated by a talking frog, a toad, an owl, mice, kangaroos, and other colorful creatures.
The first West Coast museum exhibition for the up-and-coming Chicago-based artist. Lazarus (American, b. 1975) is known for using both traditional photography and found or solicited images and texts to create installations that explore private and public realms of experience, and the ways they often overlap. Equal parts art maker, collector, archivist, and organizer, Lazarus actively engages the public in the creation and consideration of his work. The exhibition includes a site-specific installation of Lazarus' ongoing archive of over 3,000 donated photographs deemed "too hard to keep"; an installation of re-created signs from the Occupy Movement; a piece featuring a student of classical piano learning to play Frédéric Chopin's Nocturne in F Minor, op. 55, no. 1, live in the gallery; and several recent photographs and mixed media pieces.
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.
More than thirty years after the suite was first created, Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century by Andy Warhol will be on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Warhol, one of the most important artists in the Pop Art movement in America, became as famous as many of the celebrities he portrayed in his popular silkscreen prints. Depicting noted individuals from various disciplines, these brightly-colored creations feature historical figures and renowned luminaries of Jewish culture. Large scale portraits of Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, and Gertrude Stein, allude to the grandiosity associated with fame while establishing an intimacy between subject and viewer. In the second millennium, Warhol's iconic images of great Jewish thinkers, politicians, performers, and writers attest to the lasting achievements and prominence of these singular figures while addressing the issue of the context and time in which they were created. The longevity of the images is also called into question as is the manner in which they are perceived by contemporary generations and standards.
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.
This exhibition celebrates the career of one of the most influential living comic artists. Best known for Maus, his Pulitzer prize-winning graphic novel about his parents' survival of the Holocaust, Art Spiegelman (b. 1948) has produced a diverse body of work over the course of five decades that has blurred the boundaries between "high" and "low" art. This first U.S. retrospective spans Spiegelman's career: from his early days in underground "comix" to the thirteen-year genesis of Maus, to more recent work including his provocative covers for The New Yorker, and artistic collaborations in new and unexpected media. The exhibition highlights Spiegelman's painstaking creative process, and includes over three hundred preparatory sketches, preliminary and final drawings, as well as prints and other ephemeral and documentary material.
The first in the new series Masterpieces & Curiosities that focuses on a single work in The Jewish Museum collection, thw exhibition featurea a rare Jewish lion aquamanile (handwashing pitcher) that was recently acquired. It was created in Germany in the twelfth century, probably for secular or church use, but was transformed into a synagogue ritual object after the mid-sixteenth century through the addition of a Hebrew dedication inscription. Using additional works, the exhibition will examine the contexts in which the aquamanile was created and converted, and explore the issues that it raises about valuation, sanctification, and cultural borrowing.
Internationally acclaimed Israeli artist Sigalit Landau creates poignant works that offer a poetic investigation with global resonance of the political and environmental realities of her native country. This exhibition brings a selection of Landau's major video performance works to be shown for the first time in Canada. Each one of Landau's video performances contains the offering of a moment of transcendence, the pivotal moment of choice towards an imaginable resolution. Though set up as repeating loops where action endlessly begins and fails in an ostensibly inescapable cycle, the works imply that the solution lies inside the boundaries, not in a breakout. The repetitive, confined movement becomes akin to stillness, summoning transformation from within.
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.
In 2010 András Gyekiczki, a lawyer, was eager to find out more about the people who had lived in Pápa, Hungary before the war. He began to collect photographs of the survivors' descendants and documents related to the town's past. His team ultimately collected more than 500 photographs from the pre-war period, which include family photos, portraits taken outdoors or in studios, and images of the town's social events. Forgotten Neighbors displays the richness of small town Jewish life through complete family stories. We gain a unique glimpse into the past as we learn how Count Esterházy supported the construction of the town's synagogue, and who the most beautiful girl was in the 1930s - and who was in love with her. LAMOTH is pleased to host this amazing exhibit for its first showing outside of Hungary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Keren Kroul‘s watercolor paintings portray small, meticulous marks. The imagery develops from a single line or dash of color, which then expands, multiplies, or dissolves. These small pieces, developed in series, are explorations in repetition, line, and layering. Lyrical and nonlinear, they possess a rhythmic fluidity that spills over onto adjacent sheets of paper. Jeffrey Haddorff creates sculptures from ceramic and metal that are lively variations on traditional forms. Haddorff's works display inventive use of color and contrast, texture and shape. The balance created or disrupted by positive and negative space, and juxtaposition of pattern and/or color, lends new interest to familiar objects. Conversations develop between Kroul's intricate strokes and Haddorff's organic shapes, inviting new dialogue with each encounter.
Rothman is a Minnesota artist trained in the classical and Dutch Flemish techniques of painting and drawing. The human face and figure have always been a passion for her. After traveling to the town of Lasi in Romania to explore her roots, she became fascinated by the culture and customs of the Orthodox Jews who reside there. Viewers will be transported back in time through this collection of oil and pastel paintings featuring full figure renderings of Rothman's Russian and Romanian grandparents as well as many of the portraits she did while visiting Romania.
Judith G. Baron's paintings are based upon many of Roman Vishniac's photographs taken in the shtetls of Poland, Romania and Hungary just prior to World War II. After much difficulty Vishniac was able to smuggle out the negatives, which he sewed into his clothing, and eventually he printed the photographs into several books. One of these books was dedicated to and entitled "Children of a Vanished World." Baron is a practicing local artist who teaches oil and acrylic painting, and continues to refine her artistic skills through ongoing art classes in the community.
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.
This exhibition presents a selection of African video art that stands beyond the clichés that remain associated with the dark continent and the postcolonial image. It seeks to bring viewers closer to idiosyncratic readings of African video art and its thematic concerns which are largely ignored. ‘Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy' contextualises African video art within a larger cultural framework.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.