Current Exhibitions

12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman

October 13, 2016 - January 29, 2017

The FotoFocus Biennial 2016 is a regional, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art held throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region that features over 60 exhibitions and related programming. As part of the Biennial, participating venues respond to the theme: Photography, the Undocument.
In 1981 and 1983, Columbus, Ohio photographer James Friedman traveled to Europe to photograph 12 Nazi concentration camps in Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, and Poland. At the time of his visits, during the Cold War, there was nothing left in many of the camps but a field or memorial sculpture or fabricated barracks to replace the ones that had disappeared. Friedman's color photographs make no attempt to travel back in time. Rather, they are unsettling and startling, juxtaposing hallowed ground with concession stands, maintenance workers, and tourists--challenging traditional approaches to this subject matter. 
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In conjunction with 12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education presents Through Their Lens: Photo Reflections on the Holocaust. The exhibition explores the topic of secondary witnesses and their contributions to Holocaust education and remembrance.


Eighteen Tiny Treasures from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection

Opening September 18, 2016 - Dec. 18th, 2016

This diminutive exhibition features eighteen diverse miniature objects, each of which shows the remarkable artistry that goes into the making of tiny Judaica. Included are miniature prayerbooks, scrolls, circumcision sets, and other ritual objects.



Ten Treasures of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection - Held Over!

Opening February 9, 2016

Since May of 2015, the staff of the Skirball Museum has been hard at work unpacking, condition reporting, cataloguing, and photographing nearly 1500 works of art from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection, now a part of the Skirball’s holdings. Ten treasures from the collection remain on view, giving visitors a sneak peek at the breadth of this remarkable collection as the Museum prepares for a permanent display. This group of treasures includes antique and modern Judaica as well as 20th century paintings.



An Eternal People: The Jewish Experience

An Eternal People educates and enlightens, tugs at the heart and awakens conscience as it explores the cultural heritage of the Jewish People. The core exhibit presents over 300 fascinating artifacts - artwork, textiles, decorative arts, jewelry, memorabilia and Near Eastern Antiquities - beautifully reliving and reflecting significant periods of the Jewish experience. The museum's permanent exhibit comprises seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people.