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At Our Museums

Three alphabetical lists preview current, upcoming and ongoing exhibitions presented by our member institutions across North America.  Click the links for pictures and additional information.

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thru 03/01/2016

AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW YORK, NY

Shmattes

This unique exhibition is comprised of various contemporary, Jewish-themed T-shirts. Shmattes surveys the numerous ways in which hip, secular, young American Jews wear their Jewishness on their sleeves, literally speaking. With various contemporary, funny, edgy Jewish-themed T-shirts on display, the exhibition challenges the common ways we think of American Jewishness today. Featuring t-shirts ranging from celebrated brands like LA-based Unkosher Market, to politically savvy independent artists selling their work globally, Shmattes has a special tee for everybody!

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thru 02/19/2016

AMERICAN JEWISH MUSEUM-JCC OF GREATER PITTSBURGH Pittsburgh, PA

Jane Haskell: Drawing In Light

Drawing In Light surveys Jane Haskell's (1923-2013) artistic scope and focuses on work in which the emphasis on light is key. The exhibition - the first in-depth examination of her work - includes approximately 30 light sculptures, paintings and drawings. Haskell's credo was "without light there is no life". For her, light reinvents space, provokes sensations for viewers and challenges notions of what constitutes an art object. Haskell explored these ideas moving fluidly between painting, sculpture and even photography. During Drawing In Light, the Carnegie Museum of Art, where Haskell was a board member, will present a corresponding exhibition that accentuates her role as a collector, patron and taste-maker.

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thru 02/21/2016

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Chasing Justice

The exhibition is inspired by the biblical exhortation of Deuteronomy 16:20 to "pursue justice." Three artists have produced bodies of work exploring different approaches to this Jewish commitment that have resulted in engagement with the government. Arnold Mesches has created a large suite of collaged paintings inspired by and incorporating excerpts of his FBI files that he received using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Joby Barron also used the FOIA to obtain images of the abstract paintings on display in the hallways of the CIA. Robbin Henderson has made a suite of drawings based on the memoir of her grandmother, a Jewish immigrant from Russia who became the leader of the first strike in Detroit against the auto industry and was arrested at the time.

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thru 06/30/2016

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION New York, NY

Evil: A Matter of Intent

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.

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thru 06/30/2016

HEBREW UNION COLLEGE-JEWISH INSTITUTE OF RELIGION New York, NY

Lamed Vav (Thirty-Six) | A Series by Peter Leventhal

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.

 

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thru 03/15/2016

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON Houston, TX

Sojourn in the Shadowlands

Artist Michael Roque Collins is increasingly interested in sacred landscapes, which bring to mind the suffering that humans are capable of bestowing on one another - but also aspects of the meditative and the possibility of hope. The series consists of more than thirty oil-on-linen and mixed media paintings on black and white photographs. Images included are from the areas of the Neuengamme, Buchenwald and Auschwitz memorial camps, reflecting the memories which the land in and surrounding these camps evoke. Through the feeding of mixed media pigment, the photographs are transformed to other worlds capable of illumination and, at times, the sacred.

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thru 03/20/2016

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER Skokie, IL

Three Years, Eight Months, and Twenty Days: The Cambodian Atrocities and the Search for Justice

For three years, eight months, and twenty days, the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot ruled Cambodia, enacting a program of harsh internment and torture and subjecting the Cambodian people to inhumane living conditions, starvation, forced labor, forced marriages, and execution. An estimated 1.7 million people perished under this regime. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, created by the Royal Government of Cambodia and the United Nations, became fully operational in June 2007 to bring to justice senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime and those who were most responsible for international crimes and violations of Cambodian penal law from 17 April 1975 to 6 January 1979. This panel exhibition examines both the history of that period and the on-going trials. This exhibition was produced by Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in partnership with the Center for International Human Rights, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago.

 

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thru 02/29/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

Bridges of Light

Built at the mouth of the Fraser River, Vancouver and the surrounding cities have always relied on bridges to move people and goods from place to place, and in turn keep the economy on sure footing. Drawn from the Leonard Frank Studio Collection, housed in the JMABC archives, Bridges of Light documents the construction of each of the major bridges connecting Vancouver and the surrounding cities. Location: The North Vancouver Museum and Archives.

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thru 02/29/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

Up Close and Far Away

An exhibit of photographs from our Leonard Frank Studio Collection, documenting the construction of the network of bridges connecting the cities of the Lower Mainland.
From the Burrard Street Bridge and Lions Gate Bridge of the 1930's to the Port Mann Bridge and Iron Workers Memorial Bridge of the 1960's, this exhibit charts an important arc of our region's history and showcases the stunning talent of Leonard Frank and Otto Landauer. At the North Vancouver Museum and Archives.

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thru 03/28/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

New Ways of Living: Jewish Architects in Vancouver, 1955-1975

In the years following World War Two, a wave of Jewish emigres arrived in Vancouver, including a small group of young architects. These architects brought with them a Modern European influence that leave a dramatic lasting impact on the region's built environment. The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC's exhibit chronicles this moment in our city's history. Location: Inform Interiors,
50 Water Street.

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thru 05/15/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM MILWAUKEE Milwaukee, WI

Arthur Szyk: The Art of Illumination

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.

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thru 03/13/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA-FIU Miami Beach, FL

Mark Podwal: All This Has Come Upon Us....

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) is proud to present the timely and evocative exhibition, Mark Podwal: All This Has Come Upon Us.... The artist, author and illustrator is well known for his drawings on The New York Times OP-ED page. The exhibition features Podwal's drawings and paintings of historical threats of antisemitism, combined with verses from the Book of Psalms. With so many recent incidents of antisemitic acts throughout Europe and the U.S., and even right here in Florida, the topic has never been so relevant.

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thru 02/07/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film

From early vanguard constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky, to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of photography. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, this exhibition explores how early modernist photography influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the medium - and how photography, film, and poster art were later harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology. The Power of Pictures revisits this moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement, so that art and politics went hand in hand.

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thru 02/07/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Becoming Jewish: Warhol's Liz and Marilyn

This intimate exhibition examines the private religious awakenings of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe through objects and documents from their personal histories, and presents Andy Warhol's iconic portraits of the actresses. Becoming Jewish: Warhol's Liz and Marilyn draws parallels between the actresses' identities as Jewish women and Warhol's exploration of their public personas through his image-making.

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thru 02/14/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

The Television Project: Picturing a People

Picturing a People, the first exhibition in the long term series The Television Project, considers how Jews have been portrayed and have portrayed themselves on American television from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition features clips from programs including: The Ed Sullivan Show, Northern Exposure, The Twilight Zone, The Goldbergs, The Simpsons, My Name is Barbra, and ABC News' Eichmann Trial coverage, and related works of art, artifacts, and ephemera.

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thru 02/14/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage

The Steerage is often seen as the quintessential image of American immigration. Through vintage ephemera and contemporary artwork, this exhibition explores how The Steerage came to be so iconic, yet so misunderstood, and why it continues to resonate deeply - especially with Jewish Americans today.

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thru 03/27/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Unorthodox

Inspired by the Jewish tradition of dialogue and debate, Unorthodox presents 55 cross-generational contemporary artists from around the world whose practices mix forms and genres without concern for artistic conventions. The large-scale group exhibition, featuring over 200 works, explores a range of themes including social and political values, religion, trauma, identity, and the human figure.

 

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thru 04/24/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Valeska Flores: Time Has No Shadow

Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Valeska Soares presents Time Has No Shadow as the latest focus of the Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings exhibition series. Soares's installation of an immense carpet, poetic texts, and antique pocket watches fills the lobby of the Jewish Museum. Time Has No Shadow draws on the artist's enduring fascination with the subjectivity of time and language, while it also explores the history of Jewish migration and resettlement.

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thru 04/24/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Valeska Soares

Brazilian-born, New York-based artist Valeska Soares presents Time Has No Shadows as the latest focus of the Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings exhibition series. Soares's installation of an immense carpet, poetic texts, and antique pocket watches fills the lobby of the Jewish Museum.

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thru 03/27/2016

KOFFLER CENTRE OF THE ARTS Toronto, ONT

Howard Podeswa: A Brief History

Reflecting on the current state of the world, Toronto artist Howard Podeswa's new painting series articulates an end of times cosmology inspired by artistic and scientific visions such as Dante's allegories of the afterlife and Stephen Hawking's quantum theories.

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thru 02/15/2016

LEO BAECK INSTITUTE New York, NY

Crisis and Opportunity: The Cultural Impact of German-Jewish Refugees

Close to 130,000 German-speaking Jews moved to America between 1933 and 1945. Drawing on the rich resources of the LBI archives, as well as the New School for Social Research and private collections, the exhibit explores the contributions of Nazi-era émigrés in the arts, in government, to social and communal causes, and to the sciences and humanities. Original documents, photographs, posters, drawings, paintings, and artifacts convey the life experiences of the community and how their language, culture, and identity impacted and influenced post-war American society.

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thru 05/31/2016

LIBRARY OF THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, THE New York, NY

Traversing Tradition: Transformation in and of Contemporary Jewish Life

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.

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thru 03/11/2016

MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM Portland, ME

Sense of Adventure | Photography by Lawrence Elbroch

Born in New York City, Lawrence Elbroch lived in several states and in the United Kingdom before settling down in New England. He is a self-taught photographer, whose aim is to take the viewer with him - in this instance, to Asia. He is particularly drawn to those who celebrate spirituality and who live closer to the earth. Many of his photographs are taken off the beaten track. He likes to wander and witness in an unobtrusive way and then tell the story through his photographs.

 

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thru 03/11/2016

MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM Portland, ME

Sense of Adventure | Photography by Lawrence Elbroch

Born in New York City, Lawrence Elbroch lived in several states and in the United Kingdom before settling down in New England. He is a self-taught photographer, whose aim is to take the viewer with him - in this instance, to Asia. He is particularly drawn to those who celebrate spirituality and who live closer to the earth. Many of his photographs are taken off the beaten track. He likes to wander and witness in an unobtrusive way and then tell the story through his photographs.

 

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thru 06/12/2016

MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE Beachwood, OH

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann

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.

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thru 02/21/2016

MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART, SHERWIN Tulsa, OK

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

This exhibition reveals how the Nazi Party used modern techniques, new technologies and carefully crafted messages to sway millions with its vision for a new Germany and to drive the world into a war that cost some 55 million lives, including six million Jews. It includes rare posters, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting the pivotal role of propaganda in the Nazi effort.

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thru 02/21/2016

MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART, SHERWIN Tulsa, OK

State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda

Organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the exhibition reveals how, shortly after World War I, the Nazi Party began to transform itself from an obscure, extremist group into the largest political party in democratic Germany. Hitler early on recognized how propaganda, combined with the use of terror, could help his radical party gain mass support and votes. He personally adapted the ancient symbol of the swastika and the emotive colors of red, black, and white to create the movement's flag. In doing so, Hitler established a potent visual identity that has branded the Nazi Party ever since.
"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert," wrote Adolf Hitler in 1924. Organized by the United States Holocaust Museum, State of Deception examines the Nazis' keen understanding of mass communications and how they manipulated it in their quest to acquire power.

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thru 02/28/2016

OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTER Portland, OR

Pointing the Way: The Art of the TorahPointer

The Barr Foundation has assembled a remarkable collection of antique and contemporary Torah pointers, known by the Hebrew word yad, literally "hand" in English. Created by artists from different ages and cultures and of diverse materials including wood, precious metals, jewels, ceramics and paper, these yads chronicle the timeless, universal aesthetic guide in reading the Torah. While exclusively Jewish in origin and use, this trove of yads transcends religious iconography and appeals to all who appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of fine art.

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thru 02/28/2016

OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTER Portland, OR

Florence Saltzman – Painter and Printmaker

Painter and printmaker Florence Saltzman (1917-1972) grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the daughter of Russian Jews. She received her degree at the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in Long Beach, California before moving with her husband Fred Heidel to Portland in 1953. Saltzman approached her art similarly to the way writers think about language - that art has a boundless vocabulary. She believed that artists must learn and use the language of brush and color to communicate. Saltzman's works are held in private and public collections in London, Paris, California, Washington and Oregon.

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thru 02/21/2016

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams

Featuring a lesser-known dimension of celebrated photographer Ansel Adams's body of work, the exhibition offers insight into a disquieting period in American history through photographs of the Japanese American incarceration camp in Manzanar, California during World War II. In association with the Japanese American National Museum. 

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thru 02/21/2016

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo

The exhibition presents a selection of archival material and rare original artwork by California-born artist Miné Okubo (1912-2001), who was among the thousands of Japanese American citizens forced to leave their homes and businesses for incarceration camps during World War II. In an effort to document the injustices of the camps, Okubo created nearly 200 pen and ink drawings capturing her everyday life and struggles. These vivid, dramatic drawings were subsequently published as the graphic novel Citizen 13660 (1946), the first illustrated memoir chronicling the camp experience. This exhibition explores this exceptional book and brings Okubo's personal and historical narrative to life.

 

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02/17/2016 — 04/24/2016

BEN URI | THE LONDON JEWISH MUSEUM OF ART London,

Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration

Following on from our highly successful centenary exhibition, Out of Chaos, at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, this exhibition in our north London gallery, is dedicated to émigré artists. Works from the permanent collection by artists including Frank Auerbach, Eva Frankfurther and Chaïm Soutine are juxtaposed with those by a number of invited contemporary artists including painters Tam Joseph and Eugene Palmer, sculptor Joyce Kalema, textile artist Salah ud Din, and film-maker Edwin Mingard to invoke an exciting visual narrative exploring wider issues of identity and migration.

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02/11/2016 — 05/29/2016

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

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.

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03/17/2016 — 07/05/2016

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

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.

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06/30/2016 — 10/30/2016

CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Stanley Kubrick

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.

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02/12/2016 — 07/31/2016

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON Houston, TX

Taking Flight: The Butterfly Project

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."

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02/18/2016 — 05/06/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

On These Shores: Jewish Pioneers of Early Victoria

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.

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02/18/2016 — 05/06/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

On These Shores: Jewish Pioneers of Early Victoria

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.

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03/18/2016 — 08/07/2016

JEWISH MUSEUM, THE New York, NY

Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History

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.

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03/03/2016 — 06/24/2016

MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART, SHERWIN Tulsa, OK

Jews Rock!

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. 

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03/10/2016 — 06/13/2016

OREGON JEWISH MUSEUM AND HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTER Portland, OR

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist

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.

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04/07/2016 — 10/30/2016

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American

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.

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04/07/2016 — 10/02/2016

SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings | The Art of Ben Sakoguchi

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.

 

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman

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.

 

 

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life: Live from The CJM!

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.

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Lamp of the Covenant: Dave Lane

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.

 

 

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

Pour Crever by Trimpin

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.

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CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, THE San Francisco, CA

In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art - The Bureau of Suspended Objects

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.

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DERFNER JUDAICA MUSEUM AT THE HEBREW HOME AT RIVERDALE Riverdale, NY

Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum

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.

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INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN JEWISH LIFE Jackson, MS

Of Passover and Pilgrimage: The Natchez Jewish Experience

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.

 

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JEWISH MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver, British Columbia

More Than Just Mrs.

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.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA-FIU Miami Beach, FL

Mosaic: Jewish Life in Florida 1763-Present

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.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND Baltimore, MD

The Synagogue Speaks

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.

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JEWISH MUSEUM OF MARYLAND Baltimore, MD

Voices of Lombard Street | A Century of Change in East Baltimore

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.

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KEHILA KEDOSHA JANINA SYNAGOGUE AND MUSEUM New York, NY

Free Ioannina 1913: 100th Anniversary Exhibit

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.

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MUSEUM AT ELDRIDGE STREET New York, NY

Visitor Center Exhibition

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.

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MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE - SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Witness to Truth: A Tribute to Our Holocaust Survivors

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.

 

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MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE - SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Para Todos Los Niños - Fighting Segregation in California

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.

 

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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

Noah's Ark

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.

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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA

a smile, they said

See the stunning, site-specific mural a smile, they said, painted by Berlin-based artists Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger. On view beginning April 4, 2013. 

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UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM Washington, DC

A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

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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