HUC-JIR Museum in New York

The HUC-JIR Museum in New York is the visual extension of the spiritual, cultural, and educational life of the College-Institute, which provides graduate and professional programs for students of all faiths. It presents exhibitions, educational programs, and publications illuminating Jewish history, culture, and contemporary creativity and offers traveling exhibitions to venues throughout North America and around the world. 

Current Exhibitions:

EVIL: A Matter of Intent

On View: September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, with a program at 6:30 pm

Evil is not a cosmic accident. It is a deliberate action or inaction. The artists in this exhibition address with clarity and passion the many faces of inhumanity. Less rhetoric. More action. It is up to each of us to wage war on evil. 

Artists include:
Andi Arnowitz · Helene Aylon · Debra Band · Harriet Estel Berman · Riva Bell · Leon Bibel · Andres Borocz · Beverly Brodsky · Linda Caspe · Judy Chicago · Dorit Dotan · Rosalyn A. Engelman · Larry S. Frankel · Tommy Gelb · Linda Gissen · Grace Graupe-Pillard · Barbara Green · Debbie Teicholz Guedalia · Karen Gunderson · Carol Hamoy · Nathan Hilu · Tamar Hirschl · Judith Glickman Lauder · John Lawson · Margalit Mannor · Elizabeth Langer · Reuben Malayn · Paul Margolis · Richard McBee · Meadow · Leonard Meiselman · Rabbi Linda Motzkin · David Newman · Hedy Pagremanski · Mark Podwal · Archie Rand · Faith Ringold · Trix Rosen · Marilyn Rosenberg · Joachim Schmid · William Sharp · Linda Soberman · Arthur Szyk · David Wander · Grace Bakst Wapner · Paul Weissman


Lamed Vav: Paintings by Peter Leventhal

On View: September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, with a program at 6:30 pm

Lamed Vavniks are 36 ordinary people whose inherent purity of spirit empowers them to rescue humankind from ultimate destruction. Legend says that at all times there are thirty-six people, known in Yiddish as the lamed vavniks, whose good works protect humankind from disaster. Peter Leventhal imagines the lamed vavniks as regular people in his own life. His relatives, Mexican neighbors, and ordinary people with whom he has come into contact are featured among his paintings. Leventhal’s work confirms that it is the average people in the world, who keep it in peace and in motion, without whom our world would be a much darker place.


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