Roman Vishniac (1897-1990), an extraordinarily versatile and innovative photographer, created the most widely recognized photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. This exhibition introduces recently discovered and radically diverse new bodies of work and repositions Vishniac's iconic photographs of Eastern Europe within the broader tradition of 1930s commissioned social documentary photography. Organized by the International Center of Photography, New York.
Explore the life of Bill Graham (1931-1991) from his childhood as a German Jewish refugee to his pivotal role in making rock music a multi-billion dollar global industry. The exhibition looks at his immense success as a rock promoter and his pioneering work behind the scenes to use rock music to raise consciousness and deliver aid to those in need. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
The exhibition, on view in the Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery, addresses themes of personal history, geographical dislocation, identity, and intellectual freedom and features work by eight artists originally from Eastern Europe: Maryna Bilak,Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Yevgenia Nayberg, Eva Nikolova, Peter Sís, Diana Shpungin, Leonard Ursachi.
Is overcoming evil an active or passive process? Are we "delivered from evil" by a higher power? Must individuals in any society engage in a direct, adversarial struggle to quell wrong and establish right? The artists in this exhibition (nearly fifty of them, including Judy Chicago, Archie Rand, and Arthur Szyk) understand that evil is not a cosmic accident. They address with clarity and passion the many faces of inhumanity; and, like many of us, they have a vision of how to proceed: Less rhetoric. More action. It is up to each and every one of us to wage war on evil.
Lamed Vavniks are 36 ordinary people whose inherent purity of spirit empowers them to rescue humankind from ultimate destruction. They appear in the Book of Genesis, which describes the destruction of two sin-ridden cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. God informs Abraham that God will save Sodom if presented with ten righteous men. Legend says that at all times there are thirty-six people, known in Yiddish as the lamed vavniks, whose good works protect humankind from disaster. Peter Leventhal imagines the lamed vavniks as regular people in his own life. His relatives, Mexican neighbors, and ordinary people with whom he has come into contact are featured among his paintings. Leventhal's work confirms that it is the average people in the world, who keep it in peace and in motion, without whom our world would be a much darker place.
Holocaust Museum Houston will mark its 20th year of teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy with an exhibit 20 years in the making with the help from children across the world that commemorates the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust. Since 1995, children from every continent except Antarctica have brought or sent handmade butterflies to the Museum as part of "The Butterfly Project," an effort to collect 1.5 million handmade butterflies to commemorate each of those children who perished. Beginning Feb. 12, 2016, a selection of those inspiring creations go on display at the Museum in one of the most important art exhibitions ever displayed as part of "Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project."
The Gold Rush of 1858 brought an influx of pioneers seeking their fortune in B.C.. Among the very first arrivals were Jewish merchants who had experienced success in the earlier California Gold Rush. They became involved in all corners of society, and many achieved notable success. In 1863, they opened the doors of the newly constructed Congregation Emanu-El, still in operation today as one of the oldest synagogues in North America. This exhibition charts the history of these early Jewish settlers in the impressively multicultural early city of Victoria.
Arthur Szyk is considered the greatest 20th-century illuminator working in the style of 16th century miniature art painters. In this originally curated exhibit, Jewish Museum Milwaukee explores Szyk's career as a leading political caricaturist in America during World War ll - when he emerged as a figure of provocation and an advocate for liberty vilifying the Axis Powers and earning the title ‘Franklin Roosevelt's soldier in art' - his unique relationship to the State of Israel, and his interpretations of many Jewish motifs such as ‘The Book of Esther' and his world renowned ‘Haggadah'. Through this survey of Szyk's impressive and eclectic body of work, JMM will address aspects of important Jewish historical events while demonstrating the capacity of art to make a difference by encouraging engagement and discussion of social, political, religious and cultural issues.
The first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur. While best known for his clothing design, Mizrahi's creativity has expanded over a three-decade career, moving beyond fashion to embrace acting, directing, set and costume design, writing, and cabaret performance. Spanning his first collection in 1987 and running through the present day, Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History weaves together the many threads of Mizrahi's prolific output, juxtaposing work in fashion, film, television, and the performing arts.
On view beginning in fall 2015, installations by Tamar Ettun, Jake Levin, Angela Strassheim, and Sarah Zell Young make use of JTS's historic campus with works that consider the possibility of transformation in one's personal life as well as in contemporary Jewish culture. Using a wide range of media, including video, photography, and neon, the artworks reflect upon the transformations intrinsic to the rituals, customs, and observances associated with Jewish dietary laws, prayer, birth, and death. In Spring 2016 works by Silvio Wolf and Gil Yefman join the exhibition.
Whether it's people at play or work, or islands strewn across the reaches of Casco, Penobscot or Frenchman's Bays, Isaacs uses all as elements to build his images. The subject is constructed from these individual parts and the tangible atmosphere that lies between. The artist has had a varied and impressive education, including the Slade School of Art in London, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Putney School in Vermont. Isaacs' teaching career is even more impressive and varied, with stints teaching anatomical drawing at Dartmouth, drawing and painting at the Massachusetts College of Art, and drawing at several European colleges.
The dramatic story behind one of the world's most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals being brought to justice is told using recently declassified artifacts from the Mossad, Israel's Secret Intelligence Service. The first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition and April 1961 trial of a principal perpetrator of The Final Solution, this exhibition is a co-production of Beit Hatfutsot - The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel; The Mossad - Israel Secret Intelligence Service and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
The exhibition features photographs of Jewish Icons in music - Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and many more - through the lens of photojournalist Janet Macoska. In addition, the Museum is showcasing a select group of Oklahoma artists with original pieces of artwork featuring Jewish rock musicians: we have provided ten artists with an unfinished guitar body and assigned them a particular Jewish musician to paint, but the design is completely up to them.
This exhibition explores the momentous and tragic events surrounding the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Georgia in 1913 and the lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish factory superintendent accused of her murder. The case has sparked more than a century of debate. Seeking Justice brings new insights to the events that led up to these murders, as well as the granting of a posthumous pardon for Leo Frank in 1986. Set against the backdrop of the American South, Seeking Justice examines racial, religious, regional, and class prejudices in the early 20th century. The case, which shook the nation, galvanized the Anti-Defamation League and revived the Ku Klux Klan. The exhibition represents more than 20 years of research and collecting of archival materials.
This exhibition celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a twentieth-century pioneer and trailblazer. Once the world's youngest PhD, Ruth Gruber is now in her hundredth year. The photographs in this exhibition span more than fifty years, from her groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. A selection of Gruber's vintage prints, never before exhibited, will be presented alongside contemporary prints made from her original negatives.
An amazing number of Eastern European Jewish immigrants tried their hand at peddling soon after they arrived. Some graduated from horse and wagon to truck. Learn how the barely tolerated Jewish junkman, who picked up everything from bones and bottles to rags and iron, became a leader in the Green Revolution. You may find your grandparents' story here.
There are people whose contributions to baseball history went far beyond mere batting averages or stolen bases. From Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax to Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela, and Ichiro Suzuki, these are players who 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. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American celebrates baseball and highlights the role of baseball's game changers-not only major league players but also vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists, and fans-who challenged the status-quo and inspired the nation.
In a series of colorful, captivating, and often provocative paintings, Los Angeles artist Ben Sakoguchi (b. 1938) examines how the game of baseball, which has long been referred to as America's national pastime, reflects the highs and lows of American culture. Through this body of work, Sakoguchi creates a "people's history" of baseball, telling true stories of players and communities that have been overlooked or forgotten and retelling the tales we think we already know.
In this personally expressive and historically resonant exhibition, contemporary printmaker and book artist Lynne Avadenka engages in a visual dialogue with Rahel Bluwstein, one of the most important poets of pre-State Israel. Through color etchings, a folding screen and a multi-media installation, Avadenka responds to the imagery of Rahel's poetry and to the landscape the writer lived in and loved in the Galilee, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Translating the poet's language into visual imagery, Avadenka invites us to feel the emotion of beholding new settings for the first time and to experience the process through which an artist or poet is inspired to transform physical surroundings into art. The exhibition also incorporates photography and ephemera from the early 20th century, overlapping with Rahel's life in Israel. How a Poem Begins weaves together themes of artistic inspiration, women's creativity and the combined power of and dialogue between words and images.
The exhibition brings together three major twentieth-century photographers - Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert - presenting their artistic responses to three great world cities across three crucial decades. Today, London, Paris and New York are so familiar that it is hard for a modern viewer to imagine them afresh; yet when each of these photographers arrived at their respective destinations, they found cities that were strange and new to them and photographed them without prejudice or expectation. The photographs reveal that all three cities were places of social division and political tension, as well as beauty and magic.
Stanley Kubrick exerted complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick's practice, beginning with his photographs for Look magazine taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, and the technological advances developed by Kubrick and his team.
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.
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.
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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