Miles Wolf brings his considerable talents to Jewish Cincinnati, which from the early 19th-century has been an important center of American Jewish life. Like Cincinnati’s general community, the Jewish community’s synagogues, cemeteries, and other institutions expanded and dispersed from downtown during the mid to late 19th-century to North Avondale by the early 20th-century, to Amberley Village and Roselawn by the second half of the 20th-century, and up the I-71 corridor to the suburbs and beyond in the early 21st-century. This exhibition seeks to provide a comprehensive photographic documentation of Jewish institutions in the Greater Cincinnati area, including current facilities and former places of worship and communal gathering that are still extant but are either unoccupied or repurposed. Concurrently, the project calls for a gathering of historic photographs from local archives and collections that depict events and ceremonies within these venues. Jewish Cincinnati offers new and inventive ways of looking at and thinking about both new photography and historical images: How might they be merged? What features of historical photographs of people and places might be incorporated into or superimposed over new photography? How can these processes be jumping-off points for conversations about repurposing buildings, respect for architectural integrity, and historic preservation?
Drawing from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection, a selection of 18 acrylic and colored pencil drawings inspired by Judaica from the Klutznick collection by world-renowned Jewish artist Mark Podwal.
Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts
On display through June 3rd
The Skirball Museum celebrates Israel’s 70th birthday with a wide-ranging exhibition of paintings, sculpture, silversmith work, and photography drawn from the museum’s core collections and from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum Collection, now housed at the Skirball. The exhibition explores early pioneers of Israeli art as well as modern and contemporary masters.
Exhibition Opening: November 16, 5:30pm
On Display: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Five artists each from Netanya, Israel and Cincinnati have collaborated to create this unique exhibition that explores the theme, The Many Faces of Israel. This exhibition is a Partnership2Gether (P2G) program of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati presented in collaboration with Cincinnati Skirball Museum.
Re-Art Panel Discussion
December 3, 1:00pm
Join the artists behind the Re-Art Exhibition for a discussion across two cultures about Israel, art, and the process of re-arting. The ten artists from Cincinnati and Netanya who created and re-created the 70 works of art in this unique exhibit will peel back the layers of their work, exposing their personal 70 Faces of Israel. From inspiration to collaboration, all ten artists have a story to tell about their interaction with each other’s work and their connection to Israel.
Re-Art is a Partnership2Gether (P2G) program of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati in partnership with The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Skirball Museum in celebration of Israel at 70.
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.
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.
July 30 – October 22, 2017
This exhibit weaves together America’s favorite pastime and national identity with the story of American Jewish immigration and integration. Through films, historic games footage and photos, and a database of American Jewish ballplayers among other interactives, Chasing Dreams explores how baseball, especially for immigrants and minority groups, has played a crucial role in understanding, and sometimes challenging, what it means to be American. Augmenting the exhibit are baseball artifacts and memorabilia from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum. These collections are now housed at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the Cincinnati Skirball Museum. In addition, the exhibit includes photographs and text from the softball league archives of the Mayerson JCC.
Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 1:30–3:30 pm
Join us for an afternoon of ballpark food and viewing of the exhibit with a family-friendly guide developed exclusively for the show. 2:00 pm
CHASING DREAMS IN CINCINNATI: THE REDS AND THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE Reds Team Historian Greg Rhodes traces the role of minority communities in the evolution of the Cincinnati Reds. Presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Reservations recommended. 513.487.3098
Starting Lineup: LUNCH AND LEARN
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 12–2 pm
Join Julia Gardiner of the Clifton Branch of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a light lunch and discussion of Steve Kluger’s Last Days of Summer. Set in 1940s Brooklyn, the novel chronicles the relationship between a fictional New York Giants player and a Jewish 12-year-old boy. The author will join us telephonically for part of the discussion. Reservations required by August 22. Members: $5 Non-members: $10 513.487.3098
Seventh Inning Stretch: TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME AND GET ME OUT OF THE SHTETL
Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm
From the baseball diamond to the diamond district, Jewish immigrants have enriched American popular culture. Join us for a sing-a-long presented by hometown favorite Rabbi Ken Kanter. Reservations recommended. 513.487.3098
Rounding Third and Heading for Home: CHASING 3000: A FILM SCREENING
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Written and produced by Cincinnatian Bill Mikita, this heartwarming film is inspired by a true story about two brothers with a big dream to see Roberto Clemente get his 3000th hit. Bill will offer remarks before and after the screening, revealing the very personal connections he has to this story of two brothers, one dream, and the chase of a lifetime. Reservations recommended. Members: free Non-members: $5 in advance or at the door 513.487.3098
Ninth Inning: CLOSING DAY
Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1–5 pm
Say goodbye to the baseball season by taking a last look at Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American before it hits the road!
Lipman "Lip" Pike (May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893) the "Iron Batter", was one of the stars of 19th century baseball in the United States. He was the first player to be revealed as a professional (meaning he was paid money to play), as well as the first Jewish player.
Click here to sign the petition to induct Lip Pike into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
March 5 – April 30, 2017
Organized by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA, this exhibition features 22 Rembrandt etchings of Jewish and biblical subjects and a drawing by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt’s teacher. Also on view will be two Rembrandt etchings from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection of the Cincinnati Skirball Museum.
Through February 12
2nd floor, Skirball Museum
Last year, six students from Mercaz High School participated in an international photography competition sponsored by Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People at Tel Aviv University. In The Jewish Lens class led by Susan Farber, the students explored Jewish identity through photography. The six students submitted thirteen works to a local panel of judges, who selected three images to send to Tel Aviv for the inaugural exhibition, Jewish Lens: Worldwide Youth Photo Competition, which opened on July 14, 2016. One of these photos, Hands, by Hannah Lempert, won first prize in the competition.
All thirteen submissions are on view at the Skirball Museum in Mayerson Hall. Participating artists are Renee Blachman, Sadye Goodman, Annie Jonas, Hannah Lempert, Jamie Meschoulam, and Brooke Suddleson.
October 13, 2016 - January 29, 2017
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.
Opening February 9, 2016
This exhibition features 12 lithographs by Romanian-born Reuven Rubin (1893-1974), who emigrated to Palestine and was among a pioneering group of artists who offered a modern and light-filled interpretation of the landscape and people of Israel. Rubin has been described as Israel's national artist, and this whimsical series published in 1960 recalls work by Picasso, Chagall, and Miro.
On View: through May 31, 2015
The Book of Job has inspired and challenged philosophers, theologians, playwrights, artists, and writers for generations. Whether the story is true or a parable, it raises one of life’s biggest existential questions—“why do the righteous suffer?”
Boils! Satan! Destruction! Fantastic descriptions of the universe! As an impressionable teen, award-winning printmaker Linda Nesvisky walked into this subject and never turned away. The forty prints on view in this exhibition reflect the artist’s fascination with this timeless theme in a combination of imagery and the written word.
On View: October 22—December 21, 2014
In celebration of FOTOFOCUS, the works of three important Cincinnati photographers are being featured at the Skirball Museum and the American Jewish Archives on the historic campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
In 1957 George S. Rosenthal (1922–1967) was commissioned by the Cincinnati Historical Society to document the architectural history of the West End before major disruption of the neighborhood occurred with the construction of Interstate 75.
Over a 30-year period Daniel J. Ransohoff (1921–1993) created a remarkable photographic record of Cincinnati’s disadvantaged in neighborhoods across the city, including the West End.
As a photographer for The Catholic Telegraph and The American Israelite, Ben Rosen (1913-2008) captured unique snapshots of life in the Queen City during rapidly changing times, including the visit of Charles Lindbergh to Lunken Airport in 1927 and chilling photos of the devastation of the 1937 flood.
The exhibition of photographs will be augmented by documents and memorabilia provided by the families of the photographers. In conjunction with the Skirball and American Jewish Archives exhibitions, the Klau Library will display a selection of books by and about Jewish photographers. All venues are located at 3101 Clifton Avenue.
On View: through June 22, 2014
At the Opening Reception, scholar and writer Peter Nash described how he became interested in American expatriate artist Moses Ezekiel, and told of his adventures in Rome when he traveled there to find and explore the places in which Ezekiel lived and worked. Nash is the author of the newly published book, The Life and Times of Moses Jacob Ezekiel: American Sculptor, Arcadian Knight, in which he describes Ezekiel as a Sephardic Jew, a homosexual, Confederate soldier, Southern apologist, opponent of slavery, patriot, expatriate and artist of international fame in the fin-de-siècle world of artists and intellectuals. After his lecture, Nash signed copies of his book, which will be for sale at the event.
The intimate exhibition at the Skirball grew out of a recently acquired gift of works by Moses Ezekiel and his circle from the artist's great-nephew Lee Striker, explains Abby Schwartz, the museum’s interim director. These works, mostly on paper but including three oil paintings by members of the artist’s circle and Ezekiel’s sculpting tools, complement the three bronze and marble pieces already in the museum's collection. "We are delighted to have Peter Nash to discuss his book and describe his journey in words and images into Ezekiel’s world in Rome,” says Schwartz. “Nash is a descendent of the artist, and did much of his research here in Cincinnati. We look forward to welcoming him back to share his insights and give context to the small but choice group of works on view in this spotlight exhibition.”
On View: June 2 through June 22, 2014
Jewish immigration from the former Soviet Union to Germany grew enormously during the same period when Russian Jews flocked to Israel. Starting with some 28,000 Jews in 1990, by 2005 Germany had added over 200,000 Jews. In response to this trend, the German Foreign Ministry has created a multi-media exhibit of photographs and films that relate the experiences of contemporary German Jews in different walks of life. Viewers will see and hear how survivors, entertainers, educators, journalists, business people, teenagers, entrepreneurs, and rabbis are shaping Jewish life in Germany today.
The exhibit begins with five panels that provide historical context and demographic information about Jews in Germany. Many of the panels feature QR (quick response) codes that allow smart phone users with the appropriate application to access additional audio-visual content. A kiosk in the gallery offers three short films produced specifically for the exhibition.
The Cincinnati showing of Jewish Life in Germany Today is co-sponsored by the Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati; the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Chicago; and the American Jewish Committee.
On View: through February 27, 2014
Shlomo-Zalman Dov-Baruch Schatz (1867-1932), who later changed his first name to Boris, was a renowned sculptor and founder of the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. He was born in the town of Vorno, near the Lithuanian city of Vilna and studied at Vilna’s School of Drawing and later received work as a drawing teacher. The Jewish sculptor Mark Antokolsky had a strong influence on Schatz’s work and on his decision to specialize in sculpture. Schatz came to believe that art should have a high degree of realism that expressed the authentic “Jewishness” of the characters it depicted. He was involved off and on with the Zionist movement. His most important work, Mattathias the Maccabee, is known today only in photographs. In 1905, in what was then Palestine, Schatz founded what is now the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. “Schatz is better known as the founder of the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts than for his own work as an artist,” says Abby Schwartz, Interim Director of the Skirball Museum. “I am delighted to be able to bring together in one space these works in a variety of media. This is an exciting opportunity to explore Schatz’s artistic versatility and his contributions as a sculptor and painter.”
Pictured: Boris Schatz, Who Will Pity You, Oh Jerusalem, and Who Will Give You Peace?, bronze relief, ca. 1920, Skirball Museum, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati
On View: February 3 – March 31, 2013
An Exhibit of wood block prints and exploratory drawings by Alexi Natchev, as published in The Elijah Door, a children’s book by Linda Leopold Strauss.
Whether immediate and visceral, or detailed and sophisticated, every picture book illustration starts with thumbnail sketches, diagrams, and rough ideas. Even the simplest published page is the culmination of a vast amount of trial and error. This exhibit peels away the page to take a look at the inspirational material, failed ideas, and sparks that are eventually harnessed to produce the successful children’s illustrations for the book The Elijah Door. View over 30 original hand-colored prints, hand carved wood blocks and preparatory drawings for an original Passover folk tale.
On View: September 10, 2012 - December 31, 2012
A Blessing to One Another is a multi-media exhibit of photos, videos and artifacts documenting the pontiff’s unique life long relationship with the Jewish People. In the course of his papacy, John Paul 11 shattered the chain of 2,000 years of painful history between Catholics and Jews, becoming the first pope ever to visit a synagogue, the first pope to officially recognize the State of Israel and the first pope to formally engage in the act of repentance for the Catholic Church’s historical treatment of the Jews. This interactive experience that allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps through the four major periods in the pope’s life: his childhood ; his years as a student in Krakow during World War II; his ministry as priest, bishop and cardinal; and his papacy. At the end you are invited to affirm this unique relationship by offering your own prayer at a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall.