More than 60 million people are without a permanent country to call home. These refugees have fled their homelands because of war or persecution. Through photography, music, and dance, Sanctuary & Sustenance tells the story of their journeys. Focusing on Bhutanese refugee resettlement in Pittsburgh from 2014-2016, Sanctuary & Sustenance features images by photojournalist Julia Rendleman. Her compositions trace the journey during catastrophic events of displacement, the path to sanctuary, and the process of rebuilding life in Pittsburgh. The project includes a multimedia projection comprised of images and music documenting the lives of people from around the world forced to flee their homes.
Ben Uri is honoured to start the world tour of this seminal monumental installation from 1986-87. The 32-panel installation by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid has not been presented in public since the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1990. Komar and Melamid both graduated from the Stroganov Institute of Arts and Design in Moscow in 1967 when they first exhibited together. Their career together until 2003 and individually since is synonymous with challenging establishment and traditional thinking with a cutting wit and piercing satire in a post Soviet and perestroika world.
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.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum debuts an original kinetic sculpture, Negev Wheel, created by famed environmental artist and sculptor Ned Kahn. A longtime Bay Area resident, Kahn is known for creating installation works at the intersection of art and science that explore, mimic, and play with phenomena found in nature. Spanning twenty feet in diameter, Negev Wheel is a colossal steel disk that frames a reservoir filled with a mixture of glass beads and sand from Israel's Negev Desert. As it spins, avalanching sand organizes into wave patterns suggestive of churning liquids. This mesmerizing piece invites contemplation of unity and complexity, change and permanence, while raising essential Jewish questions about building a reality of meaning, community, and generation.
The relationship between dance and visual arts has been an ongoing theme in the field at least since Edgar Degas' iconic ballerina paintings and bronzes. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse designed ballet sets for the early twentieth century Ballets Russes; in addition, there has been a mutual influence between dance and performance art, epitomized by the innovative work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch. These collaborative projects echo The CJM's Havruta program's goals. The sixth iteration of the In That Case series brings together a Bay Area visual artist, Kota Ezawa, and the San Francisco born and raised contemporary dancer, James Kirby Rogers, now part of The Houston Ballet II. Ezawa's and Rogers' project takes inspiration from filmic dances like Fred Astaire's shadow dance sequence in Swing Time (1936) and the collaboration between video artist Nam June Paik and choreographer Merce Cunningham
The graphic arts have long played a pivotal role in the history of Slovak art, before, during and after the Communist era. Key characteristics of modern Slovak art include figuration, narrative, the influence of Surrealism and an underlying sense of fantasy alongside an incisive, subtle social critique. Three contemporary award-winning Slovak artists are featured, Dušan Kállay (b. 1948) and Kamila Štanclová (b. 1945)-both students of Slovak master Vincent Hložník (1919-1997)-and Katarína Vavrová (b. 1964), who studied with Hložník's protégé Albín Brunovský (1935-1997). This exhibition will take place in conjunction with a separate showing of 20 linocut prints by Hložník from the Hebrew Home Art Collection, which will be on view in early September at the BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street in Manhattan.
Hollywood films in the three decades after WWII portrayed 4,000 years of Jewish historical identity and, in some of the biggest box office hits of all times, transformed the image of the Jew from embattled to triumphant. Featured are flamboyant posters and bold advertising materials for films such as Exodus (1960) and The Ten Commandments (1956). On loan from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Curated by Curated by Laura Kruger.
Artists Yona Verwer and Cynthia Beth Rubin weave together the stories of the past and present in layers of paint, photographs, video and recordings. Their project consists of digital prints, acrylic paint and augmented reality on canvas, with imagery reflecting the former Jewish immigrant neighborhood of New York's Lower East Side and synagogues throughout Europe. Using an iPad, the viewer triggers videos embedded in signs and motifs, such as zodiac-adorned shuls or city fire escapes, embarking on a discovery process of the layered history in each. Framed works depicting motifs and manuscripts from the Brussels Synagogue and the Marseilles Bible are also among the works in the show, each layered with the artists' skills to finesse and highlight places that are left after years of settlement and diaspora. One focused on geometric patterns, the other imagined relatives sitting on city stoops on hot summer nights. This diversity of response is what made the collaboration so successful and interesting to observe.
Based on an exhibition originally installed at the Stadtmuseum in Berlin in 2013, Stolen Heart illustrates the Aryanization, or forced transfer, of Jewish property into non-Jewish hands. Berlin's central district "Mitte" serves as an example of how the Nazis appropriated Jewish property throughout Germany and German-occupied areas during World War II. The stories of five specific families illustrate how stores and factories were forcibly taken from the Jews and used by the Nazis for other purposes, including the production of the yellow stars that Jews were required to wear and as storage for "degenerate art." A three-dimensional projection of a map of Berlin shows the city's development during the Weimar Republic, the pre- and post-World War II periods, the period of division by the Berlin Wall, and the present. Over 200 originally Jewish-owned properties remain highlighted to show the role they played in the city's development after they were stolen.
Black-and-white photographs by Norman Gershman illustrate how an altruistic, positive relations between Jews and Muslims resulted in the rescue of approximately 2,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Besa is a code of honor deeply rooted in Albanian culture and incorporated in the faith of Albanian Muslims.
Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Bill Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the '60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of Fillmore concert posters, the exhibition will explore the momentous cultural transformations of the '60s, '70s, and '80s through the lens of rock & roll. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.
The exhibit presents a remarkable vision of Roosevelt-Era social and political culture through the lens of photojournalist Katherine Joseph. Joseph was born in Odessa and immigrated with her family to the United States in the early twentieth century. After a childhood in El Paso and Chicago, she demonstrated a determination and independence remarkable for the time by moving to New York City to pursue her passion for photography. Joseph's images eloquently capture the New Deal era. As a staff photographer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Joseph documented the golden age of organized labor, photographing workers, union leaders, and progressive political celebrities of the day, including New York's beloved Fiorello LaGuardia, President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and even a young Frank Sinatra. Her photos were published in the U.S. and Mexico, both in the press and in the ILGWU newspaper, Justice. This is the first dedicated public exhibition of Joseph's photography in the U.S.
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.
Warren Hellman (1934-2011) was an investment banker, philanthropist, musician, and music enthusiast who believed in the importance of community arts. He may now be best recognized for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (HSB), which he founded in 2001. Held annually in Golden Gate Park, the free festival draws more than 700,000 people. The exhibition centers on film footage from HSB's archive of live performances-making hundreds of hours available to the general public for the first time. Also included: resonant personal objects like Hellman's Star-of-David rhinestone studded jacket and signed banjo. Hellman was a distinctly San Franciscan iconoclast and uniquely Jewish figure.
Co-presented with Reboot, this interactive installation allows visitors to contribute their own Six-Word Memoir to a live stock ticker on view in the lobby of The CJM. Take a seat on our Arne Jacobsen swan sofa and use Twitter on your smart phone to instantly add your Six-Word Memoir to the live feed. The Reboot installation on Jewish life is based on SMITH Magazine's Six-Word Memoirs, a project inspired by Ernest Hemingway's legendary shortest of short stories, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." This succinct form has become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination, or simply break the ice.
Sacramento-based artist Dave Lane's Lamp of the Covenant, a ninety-foot long, 12,000-pound installation, suspended overhead as visitors enter The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM). Lane's work is the first major commissioned installation to appear in The CJM's Koret Taube Grand Lobby. The artist's body of work mixes recycled and sculpted steel, old tools and Edison bulbs, globes and utensils in an astonishingly modern way. Chief Curator Renny Pritikin, who commissioned the installation for The CJM, says, "When I first saw Dave's work in 2006, I was blown away. I had never seen anything quite like it in my life." Lamp of the Covenant ties in themes celebrated in Lane's body of work, including the ideas of creation, how the lamp signifies the presence of the divine, and how light embodies the human relationship with the cosmos.
In 1940, all Jewish residents of Efringen-Kirchen in Southern Germany were deported to France and then sent on to Auschwitz. German-American artist Trimpin's Pour Crever commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of these tragic events. In this installation of suspended water tanks, a computer-controlled mechanism developed by the artist releases sheets of water which spell out the names of the deported residents of his town; they fall through space and disappear forever into the pool below.
Based on the Talmudic principle of havruta-the study of religious texts by people in pairs-In That Case at The CJM repurposes the practice by pairing visual artists with established professionals in another field of their choosing. San Francisco-based artist Jenny Odell and stylist and window designer Philip Buscemi partner on The Bureau of Suspended Objects, an investigation into the ways we invest and divest values into and from material goods, and ultimately, into the powers of visual merchandising.
The inaugural exhibition in the newly expanded Derfner Judaica Museum uses approximately 250 objects to explore the intersections of Jewish history and memory as they inform individual and communal identities. Among the featured objects: a silver filigree kiddush cup, ca. 1911; an early copper alloy Hanukkah lamp; from the famed Bezalel School; a set of 18th century Torah implements from Meerholz, Germany; and a velvet fish-scale embroidered matzah cover from turn-of-the-century Jerusalem.
From the first Sephardic family that settled Natchez in the late 1700s to the height of Jewish trade and business in the 1800s and the construction of the second temple in 1905, the exhibit documents the history and everyday life of Natchez's Jewish families. Extensive use of historic Henry C. Norman and BIll Aron photographs make this exhibit a fascinating cultural study. Tours are conducted year-round by appointment. Please call the Museum at (601) 362-6357.
Through oral history interviews, photographs, and archival sources, this online exhibition explores Jewish women's organization of British Columbia. It charts the history of Hadassah/CHW, Na'amat, and National Council of Jewish Women. These very dedicated volunteers made significant contributions to the city, the province, and the world. While Hadassah/CHW and Na'amat raised funds for healthcare and education projects in Israel, National Council assisted new immigrants, children, and the elderly her in BC. Through their work, these women pushed the boundaries of so-called "women's work", playing out the ambiguities that arose in the years after the Second World War in the form of Second Wave Feminism.
Morris Soskin met Rose Hyams while visiting Montreal for a Zionist convention in 1921. Before he left for his return to Vancouver, the two were engaged. As they counted down the days and hours to their wedding six months later, they wrote 275 letters to one another, expressing their love and longing. Online exhibit.
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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