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The Dr. Bernard Heller Museum presents more than 20 traveling exhibitions. Many exhibitions were originally presented at the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York; others have been curated on specific themes from material in our permanent collection and are available for use by other venues.  Most exhibitions include about 30 works of various sizes, while some have considerably more pieces. Although much of the work is by contemporary or near contemporary artists, some is considerably older. Most of the work can be hung on walls or placed in cases. Our curator, Laura Kruger, is frequently available to come and discuss the exhibits. 

We have made it as simple as we can for venues that want to show our exhibits.  Exhibitors need to provide transportation (by car, art mover, or FedEx/UPS), insure the work, sign a contract with us that spells out both our obligations, and send us a registrar’s fee of $450.00 when they send back a signed contract.  Note: The fee will go to $500.00 after December 31, 2019. We provide the work, the labels (if available), and either a wall text or material that can be used to write such a text. All textual material must include an acknowledgment that the exhibit comes from the Dr. Bernard Heller Museum in New York. 

To bring these exhibitions to your museum, please contact Nancy Mantell, Curatorial Assistant for Traveling Exhibitions, at 212-824-2218 or museumnyc@huc.edu.


Newest Offerings

TERRA inFIRMA

Civilization

An art exhibition that focuses on climate change and global warming through the lens of Jewish values and contemporary social activism.  

Max FergusonHOME(LESS)

Forty contemporary artists explore the meaning of home and the loss of home in works reflecting personal experience, historical and contemporary events, cultural diversity, the current immigration and refugee crises, and the universal human condition.

 

Additional Offerings

BesaBESA - ALBANIAN MUSLIM RESCUERS DURING THE HOLOCAUST: PHOTOGRAPHS BY NORMAN GERSHMAN

The exhibit is comprised of powerful photographs and personal stories of Albanian Muslim families who sheltered and saved Jews during the Second World War.  The concept of BESA, meaning honor, inspired the Albanians to put themselves at risk to save fleeing strangers.

BIROBIDZHAN: Russia’s Jewish Autonomous State

This area was established as a “homeland” for the Jews by the Soviet’s in the early 1930s. Its Jewish population grew for a couple decades but declined after Stalin’s death. The exhibit is comprised of wonderful, colorful, photographs by Norman Gershman, taken in 1988, of the remnants of the Jews and their culture in Birobidzhan.  

CINEMA JUDAICA: The Epic Cycle, 1949-1971

Original movie theater posters and lobby advertisements depict post-World War II Jewish-themed films that helped counteract Holocaust imagery of mass Jewish victimization.

CINEMA JUDAICA: The War Years, 1939-1949

Cinema Judaica

These original, iconic Hollywood film posters illustrate the motion picture industry’s role in countering American isolationism, advocating the war against the Nazis, and influencing post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel.

EvilEVIL: A MATTER OF INTENT

The human capacity for evil, from biblical antiquity to the present day, is explored by contemporary artists of diverse nationalities and faiths. Their art in a broad range of mediums is a forum for remembering, expressing outrage, and exerting a call to action. Their work serves as a powerful instrument to raise awareness about the ultimate consequences of intolerance, injustice, and indifference and effect positive change in the world.

Isaac Bashevis Singer

 

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER AND HIS ARTISTS

A total of 17 different artists created Illustrations for 39 works of Nobel Prize Winner, I.B. Singer. Their styles range from whimsical, charming children’s stories to poignant, sophisticated, and sexy adult books.  Among the featured artists are Larry Rivers, Ira Moskowitz, Maurice Sendak, Antonio Frasconi and Raphael Soyer. 

ISRAEL:  A LIGHT ON THE LAND

Views of the Israeli landscape and life by internationally renowned 20th century artists and photographers including Ari Bar Lev, Avner Moriah, Chanan Getraide, Joyce Kozloff, Louis Lozowick, and Abel Pann, amongst others, ignite our passion for Israel.

JOELLE DAUTRICOURT: THE BOOK OF HAPPY WRITING

Graphic art and calligraphy expresses the mystical, symbolic, and divine forces within the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and evokes Holocaust memory and joyful freedom. 

JUDAISM 101

20th century artists and photographers illuminate basic concepts in Judaism and reflect on traditional and modern Jewish practices and rituals.

Paint by NumbersPAINT BY NUMBERS

This exhibit, including work by more than 30 artists, explores the power of numbers as a source of inspiration and meaning. The artists contributing to this exhibit represent a diversity of age, gender, nationality, and cultural heritage. The use of numbers in Jewish rituals, daily life, and belief goes back to Biblical times. Think of the seven days of creation, the 631 mitzvot, the 40 days of the Flood, and animals going two by two.  Dates of disaster and success are also prominent as in 1492 for the Expulsion from Spain and 1948 for the Founding of the State of Israel.  Numbers provide the underlying principles in physics and math, and in life itself.

Paul Weissman

 

PAUL WEISSMAN: ELEMENTS OF ALCHEMY

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.

Promised Land

 

PROMISED LAND: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHANAN GETRAIDE

A series of eighteen large format, full color photographs in an impressionist style of the majesty of contemporary Israeli vistas by renowned Israeli poet/photographer.

REBIRTH AFTER THE HOLOCAUST: THE BERGEN-BELSEN DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP, 1945-1950

Rebirth After the Holocaust

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.

Art of AgingTHE ART OF AGING

35 artists explore the ways in which aging is a process and lifelong journey affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity, and growth.

Bronfman HaggadahTHE BRONFMAN HAGGADAH

The Bronfman Haggadah is 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 “at once a radical reimagining of the Passover text and a sublime full-color art book.” The exhibition consists of 40 original page-sized water colors.

Sigmund BalkaTHE EYE OF THE COLLECTOR: SIGMUND BALKA

An encyclopedic collection of over 200 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs of19th and 20th century art by major European and American Jewish artists, drawn from the Sigmund Balka Collection donated to the permanent collection of the HUC-JIR.( Note: Portions of this collection have been curated into themed installations as noted below.)

Torah coverTHE SEVENTH DAY: REVISITING SHABBAT

This exhibit invites the spectator to consider one of the pillars of Jewish practice and belief: the sanctity of the Sabbath. Contemporary artists have tackled the question of what Shabbat means in current Jewish life through provocative works of art, born of an era where technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play, and rest. Their works engage our imaginations and invite us to think about the new possibilities for the “day of rest.”

THE SEXUALITY SPECTRUM

Sexuality SpectrumThis exhibition is a ground-breaking exploration of human sexual orientation through the creativity of more than 30 internationally-renowned contemporary artists. The work explores evolving social and religious attitudes toward sexuality; alienation, marginalization, and inclusion. It also investigates 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.

WALDSEE-1944

This exhibition commemorates the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry during the summer of 1944, when Jews deported to their deaths at Auschwitz were required to write deceptive, reassuring postcards to their families. International artists have created their own visual symbolism in the size and form of the original postcards. Co-sponsored by Alma on Dobbin Foundation.

WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD: BIBLICAL HEROINES

This exhibit, taken from our permanent collection, includes 20 works from 10 artists depicting the women who were instrumental in the early life of the Jewish people.  The work ranges from lithographs from the 19th century through modern textiles and contemporary paintings.