On view through February 27, 2014
Shlomo-Zalman Dov-Baruch Schatz (1867-1932), who later changed his first name to Boris, was a renowned sculptor and founder of the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. He was born in the town of Vorno, near the Lithuanian city of Vilna and studied at Vilna’s School of Drawing and later received work as a drawing teacher. The Jewish sculptor Mark Antokolsky had a strong influence on Schatz’s work and on his decision to specialize in sculpture. Schatz came to believe that art should have a high degree of realism that expressed the authentic “Jewishness” of the characters it depicted. He was involved off and on with the Zionist movement. His most important work, Mattathias the Maccabee, is known today only in photographs. In 1905, in what was then Palestine, Schatz founded what is now the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. “Schatz is better known as the founder of the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts than for his own work as an artist,” says Abby Schwartz, Interim Director of the Skirball Museum. “I am delighted to be able to bring together in one space these works in a variety of media. This is an exciting opportunity to explore Schatz’s artistic versatility and his contributions as a sculptor and painter.”
Pictured: Boris Schatz, Who Will Pity You, Oh Jerusalem, and Who Will Give You Peace?, bronze relief, ca. 1920, Skirball Museum, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
On view February 3 – March 31, 2013
An Exhibit of wood block prints and exploratory drawings by Alexi Natchev, as published in The Elijah Door, a children’s book by Linda Leopold Strauss.
Whether immediate and visceral, or detailed and sophisticated, every picture book illustration starts with thumbnail sketches, diagrams, and rough ideas. Even the simplest published page is the culmination of a vast amount of trial and error. This exhibit peels away the page to take a look at the inspirational material, failed ideas, and sparks that are eventually harnessed to produce the successful children’s illustrations for the book The Elijah Door. View over 30 original hand-colored prints, hand carved wood blocks and preparatory drawings for an original Passover folk tale.
On view September 10, 2012 - December 31, 2012
A Blessing to One Another is a multi-media exhibit of photos, videos and artifacts documenting the pontiff’s unique life long relationship with the Jewish People. In the course of his papacy, John Paul 11 shattered the chain of 2,000 years of painful history between Catholics and Jews, becoming the first pope ever to visit a synagogue, the first pope to officially recognize the State of Israel and the first pope to formally engage in the act of repentance for the Catholic Church’s historical treatment of the Jews. This interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps through the four major periods in the pope’s life: his childhood ; his years as a student in Krakow during World War II; his ministry as priest, bishop and cardinal; and his papacy. At the end you are invited to affirm this unique relationship by offering your own prayer at a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall.