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ALBANIAN MUSLIM RESCUERS DURING THE HOLOCAUST: PHOTOGRAPHS BY NORMAN GERSHMAN Sensitive portrait photographs and related meaningful personal stories of Albanian Muslim families that sheltered and saved Jews during the Second World War.
THE ART OF AGING A fine art exhibition celebrating the positive aspects of maturity through the lens of Jewish values and expressing the process of aging as a remarkable opportunity, through study, tzedakah , and positive family relationships, for continued creative growth.
THE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH The Bronfman Haggadah is a collaboration between philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman and artist Jan Aronson that connects the Passover Seder and the world of contemporary Jewish fine art. Using both ancient scripture and contemporary poetry, this Haggadah is both a reimagining of the Passover text and a full-color art book. The exhibition consists of 40 original page-sized water colors.
CINEMA JUDAICA: The War Years, 1939-1949 Original, iconic Hollywood film posters illustrating how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, and influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel.
CINEMA JUDAICA: The Epic Cycle, 1949-1971 In the years following World War II and the creation of the State of Israel, Jewish-themed films, along with the bold advertising that accompanied them, had a major influence on the way that the Jewish people and the State of Israel were viewed. The epic films of this era promoted an image of the Jewish people that counteracted the imagery of mass victimization during the Holocaust.
ELEMENTS OF ALCHEMY: Prints by Paul Weissman Inspired by Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table, Weissman employs multi-layered techniques that incorporate metaphorical imagery to examine humankind’s complex constructive and destructive relationships with the basic building blocks of the universe.
THE EYE OF THE COLLECTOR: THE JEWISH VISION OF SIGMUND BALKA An encyclopedic survey of the major European and American Jewish artists and themes in 19th and 20th century art, in over 200 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs, drawn from the Sigmund Balka Collection donated to HUC-JIR.
ISAAC AND HIS ARTISTS: ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BOOKS OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER A surprising number of significant artists created Illustrations for inclusion in the works of I.B. Singer. The work ranges from whimsical in the children’s stories to sexy and scary in some of the books for adults. Among the artists included are Larry Rivers, Ira Moskowitz, Maurice Sendak, and Raphael Soyer.
THE EXALTATION OF PRAYER This exhibit includes the work of more than 20 artists, and is composed primarily of paintings, etchings, photographs, and lithographs. The 30 images are of Jews, both men and women, at prayer or at study, contemplating the words of Torah. The work is from the permanent collection of Hebrew Union College Museum.
ISRAEL: A LIGHT ON THE LAND This exhibit includes views of Israel by important artists working over the past half century. Works by Chanan Getraide and Avner Moriah, among others, ignite our passion for the Land. This installation includes PROMISED LAND: CHANAN GETRAIDE Series of eighteen large scale impressionistic photographs of Israel’s landscape vistas by the noted Israeli poet /photographer. Getraide captures the essence of Israel and the promise of the land itself.
THE SEXUALITY SPECTRUM A groundbreaking exploration of sexual orientation through the creativity of over fifty international contemporary artists exploring a broad range of subjects, including 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.
STORY OF DAVID Twelve lithographs by Ira Moskowitz
THE BOOK OF HAPPY WRITING: Joelle Dautricourt This exhibit is comprised of the images from Joelle Dautricourt’s The Book of the Happy Writing. The complete portfolio was printed in France in 2009. Dautricourt is an acclaimed Hebrew calligrapher and graphic artist, born in Paris in 1956 of Jewish-Romanian heritage.
THE JONAH STORY: David Wander Inspired by the Book of Jonah, this fine art work consists of a 50 foot-long drawing depicting the complete biblical story.
THE WHOLE MEGILLAH: David Wander Inspired by the Book of Esther, this show includes two large Esther accordion books as well as sketches related to them and two smaller accordion books: Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina and Mummers Parade.
ARTHUR MONES: A MOMENT IN JEWISH CREATIVITY Renowned portrait photographer Arthur Mones immersed himself in the Jewish artistic community of New York in the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibit is comprised of set of over 60 photographs whose include Elaine and Willem De Kooning, Larry Rivers, Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, Lee Krasner, and David Hare.
REBIRTH AFTER THE HOLOCAUST: THE BERGEN-BELSEN DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP, 1945-1950 This photo-documentary exhibition depicts the unknown story of the return to life after liberation of survivors of the Holocaust, whose families and communities had been destroyed and who were stateless and homeless. For five years, the Bergen-Belsen DP camp (established in a former Nazi Panzer tank training base, adjacent to the infamous concentration camp) became a vibrant, autonomous Jewish community, with educational, spiritual, and cultural activities that strengthened the survivors’ capacity to begin new families, bring 2000 Jewish children into the world, and was a vital center for Zionist political activism that helped create the State of Israel.
TIKKUN: ALIZA OLMERT Conceptual photographs based on fragile constructions made of broken egg shells that convey the vulnerability of existence, the obstacles to survival, and the imperative to sustain life. Tikkun, the Jewish charge to heal and restore balance in the world, is expressed through the mending of the shattered fragments in her haunting works.
WALDSEE-1944 An exhibition in memory of the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry during the summer of 1944, when Jews deported to their deaths at Auschwitz were required to write deceptive postcards to their families. International artists have created their own visual symbolism in the size and form of the original postcards to commemorate the Hungarian Holocaust. Co-sponsored by Alma on Dobbin Foundation.
CHANAN GETRAIDE: PROMISED LAND A series of 18 large format, full color photographs in an impressionist style showing the majesty of the contemporary Israeli landscape by the renowned Israeli poet/photographer.
NATHAN HILU'S JOURNAL:WORD, IMAGE, MEMORY This "outsider art" is boldly drawn with passion and intensity capturing the early days of the Lower East Side, imagined scenes from Jewish midrash, and Hilu's experiences as a U.S. Army guard at the Nuremberg Prison after the Second World War in Europe.
RAPHAEL SOYER: GENTLEMEN OF CRACOW PORTFOLIO Twelve color lithographs for Isacc Bashevis Singer's stories "The Gentlemen from Cracow" and "The Cracked Mirror." These are significant, mature work from one of the mid-20th century's masters.
WHO'S HULDAH: WOMEN OF THE BIBLE This exhibit includes works depicting the women who were instrumental in the early life of the Jewish people. The wrok ranges from 19th century lithographs through a contemporary quilt depicting Huldah-the last female prophet mentioned in the Bible.