Traveling Exhibitions

To bring these exhibitions to your museum, please contact:
Nancy Mantell, Curatorial Assistant for Traveling Exhibits
212-824-2218, museumnyc@huc.edu
Detailed descriptions of traveling exhibitions, images, and online exhibition catalogs are available here
 
Hebrew Union College Museum has more than 20 exhibits that can travel to other places.  Many of the exhibits have been shown first at our own space in New York.  Others have been curated on specific themes from material in our permanent collection and are expressly for use by other venues.  The full list of travelling exhibits follows. 
  
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 $350.00 when they send back a signed contract.  Note: The fee will go to $400.00 as of January 1, 2018. 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 HUC-JIR Museum in New York. 
  
Most of these exhibits 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. 
 

 

THE EXHIBITS

 

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.  

 

CHANAN GETRAIDE: PROMISED LAND

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.

 

 

 

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

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. 
On view: Temple Israel, Memphis, TN through December 2017

 

 

 

 

DAVID WANDER: THE JONAH STORY

Following the narrative of the Book of Jonah, the artist has created a series of 13 drawings in ink on paper. In tones of black, white and grey (grisaille) these panels form a dramatic 50 foot-long frieze

 

EVIL: A MATTER OF INTENT

The artists included in this exhibition address with clarity and passion the many faces of inhumanity. History is replete with genocides: the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, Bosnia, Rawanda, Darfar, Cambodia, the Trail of Tears, to name recent atrocities. Pogroms, murder, rape, sex slavery, domestic abuse, trafficking in drugs, enslavement, lynchings, terrorist acts, destruction of knowledge and culture, obliteration of cultural heritage, kidnapping, child abuse, deliberate poisoning of water and earth are rampant and unceasing. Evil is fueled by indifference, intimidation, gossip, lying, bullying, denigration. It is achieved through drastic physical action, inflicting pain, injury, starvation, denial of education. The artists in this presentation, using an international visual language, challenge the concept of heroes and villains. Who is the hero? Who is the tyrant? Are the seeds of evil latent in a hero? 
On view: Temple Israel, Omaha, NE through January 2018

 

ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER: BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS OF ISAAC 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. 

On view: Temple Beth El, San Antonio, TX, through December 2017
 
 

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.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ENVISIONING MAPS

 
This exhibit is a selection of paintings by contemporary American and international artists who use actual mapas as well as the concept of maps in their art. Their concerns include the thrust of historical events, the threat of ecological disaster, political and social justice issues, immigration, and fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NADINE EPSTEIN: IN A WOMAN’S SHADOW 

 
This exhibit includes more than 20 photographs. By casting her shadow on the earth, the photographer affirms herself as a human being. In recording these transient images, she transforms the fleeting into the permanent, leaving a digital mark and creating works of lasting beauty.
 

NATHAN HILU: THE JOY OF JEWISH HOLIDAYS

Lower East Side “outsider” artist captures the celebration of the Shabbat and the holidays.

 
 
 

NATHAN HILU: THE JOY OF LIVING

Lower East Side “outsider” artist celebrates the natural world and the Jewish world.

 

 

 

NORMAN GERSHMAN: BESA-ALBANIAN MUSLIM RESCUERS DURING THE HOLOCAUST

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

 

 

PAINT 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: 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. 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

SIGMUND BALKA: THE EYE OF THE COLLECTOR

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.)

 

THE 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. 

 

 

 

 

THE SEVENTH DAY: REVISITING SHABBAT

Fifty international artists explore one of the pillars of Jewish practice and belief: the sanctity of the Sabbath through provocative works of art.  In an era when technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play, and repose, their works invite us to delve into the possibilities and new definitions of renewal symbolized by the 'day of rest.'Through the crucible of their creativity, the artists in this exhibition offer new ways to imagine Shabbat and reflect the profound insights that Abraham Joshua Heschel observed in The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man: 
On view: Jewish Museum of Milwaukee, WI through December 2017

 

THE SEXUALITY SPECTRUM

A ground-breaking exploration of human sexual orientation through the creativity of more than 30 internationally-renowned contemporary artists who explore evolving social and religious attitudes toward sexuality; 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. 

 

 

 

WALDSEE-1944

exhibition in memory of the annihilation of Hungarian Jewry during the summer of 1944, when Jews d     eported 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.

 

 

WHO’S HULDAH: WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

This exhibit, taken from our permanent collection, includes 21 works from 11 of 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 a quilt depicting Huldah—the last woman mentioned in the Bible.