J. 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?
Visitors will come away from this exhibition with a greater sense of the rich history of the Cincinnati Jewish community and the important role it has played and continues to play in the life of the Queen City.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:30–8:00 pm
Mayerson Hall, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
6:15 Remarks by Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D., dean of the Cincinnati campus, HUC-JIR; Abby Schwartz, director, Skirball Museum; and J. Miles Wolf, photographer.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 10 am–2 pm
Historical tour led by staff of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) of landmark Jewish sites downtown and in Avondale. Lunch and visits to the AJA and Skirball exhibition follow on HUC-JIR’s historic Clifton campus. $36; Skirball members and FotoFocus Passport holders $32. Registration required. Space limited.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Clifton Cultural Arts Center partners with the Skirball Museum for a Sunset Salon about architecture, historic preservation, and the history of Cincinnati’s religious institutions against the backdrop of Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History by J. Miles Wolf. Moderated by Dan Hurley, host of WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition; panelists include Pastor Robert Baines of Southern Baptist Church; photographer J. Miles Wolf; Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the AJA; and Margo Warminski of the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Light refreshments served. $10 in advance; $12 at the door; Skirball members and FotoFocus Passport holders $8 in advance; $10 at the door.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 7:00–8:30 pm in Mayerson Hall
Join photographer J. Miles Wolf and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for a gallery walk and talk. Hear how the photographs were imagined and the stories behind their eventual realization. Light refreshments served.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 12:00–2:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Join photographer J. Miles Wolf and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for an informal light lunch and gallery walk and talk.
Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1:00–5:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Museum staff and volunteers and photographer J. Miles Wolf will be on hand for informal tours on this final day of the exhibition. Light refreshments served.