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On View through December 31, 2015

7,567mi explores the places where contemporary art meets the Jewish world of content and presents an interpretation of contemporary Jewish art, as seen through the eyes of the members of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California (JAI).  This exbitition is part of the second-annual Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art and is one of only two exhibits selected to represent the United States.

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Culture Lab // Margin

Opening Reception: April 30, 2015

Organized in collaboration with the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) and Jewish Wisdom & Wellness: A Festival of Learning and curated by Anne Hromadka,  Culture Lab // Margin  features the work of 5 Jewish artists:  Josh Friedman ,  a sculptor with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art;  Rebecca Pappas ,  a dancer, choreographer, and Adjunct Professor of Dance at Pasadena City College;  Eli Rarey , a filmmaker and storyteller focused on issues of gender, sexuality, and identity;  Kristen Smiarowski , a choreographer who holds an MFA in dance from UCLA; and  Joanne Tolkoff,  an artist, graphic designer, videographer, and producer.

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Threads That Bind

On view through December 31, 2014

Threads That Bind , curated by Anne Hromadka, features the work of Karen Koblitz, Jonas N.T. Becker, Dani Vinokurov, and Cathy Weiss and explores the importance of textile and fiber arts through a uniquely Jewish lens. This show is part of a consortium of exhibitions from participating Jewish institutions: American Jewish University, USC Hillel, Jewish Federation, and the Academy of Jewish Religion. These exhibitions are in connection with the Textile Society of America's 2014 biennial symposium which was held in Los Angeles, September 10th -14th. The theme was  New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future  and sessions were held at UCLA and LACMA. 

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Abracadabra: Myth, Magic & Monsters

On view through June 30, 2014

For over two millennia, the Jewish esoteric tradition has played a role in shaping Western metaphysics and mysticism. “ Abracadabra ” explores the complex encounter between Judaism and magical, mystical, and folkloric practices. The featured artists are: Joshua Abarbanel, Gary Baseman, Ellen Cantor, Steven Wolkoff, and Karen Frimkess Wolff.

Abracadabra:  Myth, Magic & Monsters” was curated by Ann Hromadka and organized by the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles’ Enhancement Committee. It is made possible in part by the generosity and partnership of Shulamit Gallery: shulamitgallery.com.

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Photographic Visions of the Diaspora

On view August 24, 2012 – December 31, 2013

Photographic Visions of the Diaspora is dedicated to the work of the late Sy Edelstein, who spent years photographing Jewish shopkeepers from New York to Los Angeles. His work from the 1980s and ’90s captures a once vibrant but rapidly fading world of businesses that, as Edelstein said, “are a part of our lives, and whose presence we take for granted.”

Organized by Anne Hromadka, Guest Curator of the Art Collection and Exhibitions at HUC-JIR’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, in partnership with campus’ Enhancement Committee.

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Sacred Words, Sacred Text

On view Fall 2013

HUC-JIR and the University of Southern California Hillel are pleased to present the exhibition, “Sacred Words, Sacred Text,” an art exhibition in partnership with the American Jewish University.  “Sacred Words, Sacred Text” is a cross-city survey of Jewish art and artists, centered on a singular theme – the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Viewers are encouraged to travel between the three locations to see a wide range of art that explores how words and text shape the modern experience, and play a particularly significant role in Jewish life. 

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On view May 10, 2012 – May 31, 2013

Commitments highlights the sculptural creations of Marlene Louchheim, a unique artist whose work is about more than replicating large-scale burlap sacks using a variety of metals. Her art pieces talk to each other — about love, about distance, about fear and tenderness. Above all, perhaps, they talk about commitment and the need to heal the world. Commitments features four works by Louchheim that range from small, intimate sculptures to towering aluminum and bronze bags.

Organized by the Enhancement Committee of HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles and curator Anne Hromadka. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of HUC-JIR, the Lochheim family, and Sue Neuman Hochberg.

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Deeply Rooted

On view August 24, 2012 – December 14, 2012

Deeply Rooted is an exhibition exploring the connection between the two primordial trees in the Garden of Eden: the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Four artists present literal and metaphoric understandings of these powerful symbols as they have developed over the centuries and have been used in science, religion and philosophy. Deeply Rooted features works by Gary Frederick Brown, Bonita Helmer, Maddy LeMel, and Hillel Smith.

Organized by Anne Hromadka, Guest Curator of the Art Collection and Exhibitions at HUC-JIR’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, in partnership with campus’ Enhancement Committee.

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