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Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue
October 27, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Threshold to the Sacred explores the artistic character and the religious, communal and cultural context of an object of great beauty and significance: a decorated and inscribed medieval wood door from the Holy Ark of Egypt's Ben Ezra Synagogue. Based in Fustat ("Old Cairo"), which became home in the medieval period to some of Judaism's greatest figures, such as Moses Mai monides and Judah Halevi, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is the site of the 19th-century discovery of the Cairo Geniza, a treasure trove of medieval texts considered to be the single most important source for understanding daily life around the Mediterranean Sea during the period.

Through close analysis of the panel's decorations and inscriptions, conservation and science research, treasures from the Geniza, historic photographs, and comparison with a range of beautiful Jewish and Islamic works of art and artifacts, the exhibition brings to life the glorious past of the Ben Ezra Synagogue and of the panel's expansive communal context.

This exhibition has been organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and Yeshiva University Museum.

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/ArkDoor

Threshold Image: Panel from a Torah Shrine, ca. 1040. Wood (walnut) with traces of paint and gilt. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum and The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Photograph: Susan Tobin, The Walters Art Museum.



Transcending Tradition: Jewish Mathematicians in German-Speaking Academic Culture

July 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Transcending Tradition highlights the key role of Jewish mathematicians in the German-speaking world before 1933 - in teaching and academic research, in professional organizations and throughout mathematical culture, from academic to popular. Spanning a period of 150 years, it documents their emergence from segregation, their rise to academic prominence, recalls their emigration, flight or death after 1933, and illuminates their lasting legacies. Through photographs, original texts and a new scholarly perspective, the show recounts the lives of young researchers who helped shape modern mathematics and physics, of scholars who went beyond mathematics to make their mark in literature or philosophy, and of the most important female mathematician of the 20th century, among others.

Designed by a group of seven historians of mathematics at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Frankfurt and the German Mathematical Society. For more information about the exhibit, visit gj-math.uni-frankfurt.de/.

Co-presented with the Leo Baeck Institute.

Image: David Hilbert with friends, students and family. From left to right: Alfréd Haar, Franz Hilbert, Hermann Minkowski, unknown, Käthe Hilbert, David Hilbert, Ernst Hellinger.


It's a Thin Line: The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond

October 28, 2012 -October 13, 2013

The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and often controversial concepts in Jewish life. It divides private and public, sacred and secular, the Sabbath from the everyday. As a means for offering separation while integrating into city life, the eruv is also a rich symbol of Jewish life in America. With 130 artifacts spanning over five centuries, this exhibition vividly illustrates how an ancient Biblical precept has been creatively interpreted and applied - especially in and around New York City, where, from the late 19th century to the present, the eruv has been dynamically and dramatically adapted and integrated into modern life. A diverse range of objects includes: early Hebrew printed books, century-old images of New York life, contemporary tools and recent eruv artifacts, and eruv--themed works by contemporary artists.

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For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/ItsAThinLine


Passages through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War
March 10 – August 11, 2013

In the midst of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this exhibition offers a provocative and revealing perspective on the bloody conflict: The Jewish experience. The Civil War was a crucible for American Jews, laying the groundwork for their integration and Americanization on a large scale.  It enabled the full participation of Jews in American life – militarily, politically, economically and socially – and set the stage for massive Jewish immigration decades later. In addition to telling this story, the exhibition also spotlights episodes that shook American history, including President Lincoln’s reversal of an order by General Ulysses S. Grant which expelled Jews “as a class” from the massive Tennessee Territory after accusations of disloyalty.

Passages through the Fire includes the largest and most comprehensive collection of materials relating to Jews and the Civil War assembled in the last 50 years.  The core of the exhibition is the unmatched collection of Robert D. Marcus of Fairfax, VA, generally regarded as the world’s most significant collection of Civil War Judaica. The exhibition also showcases dozens of magnificent documents and artifacts from museums, libraries and private collections across the United States, and features three exclusively created short films that offer contemporary perspective from leading historians and scholars. [View Press Release]

Co-Presented by the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/CivilWar or http://www.ajhs.org




Trespassing: Stern Senior Art Exhibition 2013
May 26 – July 14, 2013

This exhibition offers visitors the chance to trespass into the worlds created by its represented artists — each a 2013 graduate from Stern College in Studio Art. Every stroke of charcoal, paint and ink you take in brings you closer to the world they inhabit. The studio art program at Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University encourages students to find and nurture their individual artistic voices. Within the college’s Jewish and liberal arts curriculum, the foundation-based program deepens students’ skills of visual and artistic expression, and prepares them for careers in diverse art-related fields. This 4th annual exhibition presents a selection of works by the graduating studio art majors.

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://www.yumuseum.tumblr.com/Trespassing

Microcosms: Ruth Abrams, Abstract Expressionist

August 12, 2012 - April 21, 2013

Ruth Abrams, a painter of the New York School who remained closely associated through much of her career with artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement, was fascinated with art's capacity to express key aspects of the human condition and to convey the dynamics of space in nature and the cosmos. This exhibition, the first solo show of the artist's work in a quarter century, features "Microcosms," a striking series of works painted from the 1950s-1970s, each as small as two by three inches, which paradoxically explore notions of infinite space. Also on display are large-scale, richly colored landscapes, abstract portraits, and other work from across Abrams's 40-year career, all from the Museum's own collection. 

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For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/RuthAbrams

Sh’ma/Listen: The Art of David Gelernter

December 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013

This first museum exhibition of the art of polymath David Gelernter presents his entrancing word paintings and drawings, based on phrases from the Hebrew Bible, Jewish liturgy and other sources, and an arresting new series of monumental portraits of the first great Hebrew Biblical kings, inspired by medieval tomb sculpture. Featuring resonant color chords and delicate drawing, and executed in a striking range of media – acrylic, oil, pastel, liquid iron, and gold and metal leaf, the works echo traditions in Western art-making, and evoke Judaism’s inherently visual character and its longstanding engagement with and value of beauty. [View Press Release]

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/Gelernter and http://vimeo.com/yumuseum/gelernter

Revelation: The Fourth Annual Stern College Senior Art Show

May 20 - October 28, 2012

The studio art program at Stern College for Women encourages students to find and nurture their individual artistic voices. Within the college's Jewish and liberal arts curriculum, the foundation-based program deepens students' skills of visual and artistic expression, and prepares them for careers in diverse art-related fields. This 4th annual Senior Art Show presents the work of eleven Jewish female artists, for whom creating art is a dynamic, often fraught process of discovery - a revelation, both personal and artistic. [View Press Release]

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://www.yumuseum.tumblr.com/Revelation

Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter
with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960

February 26 - August 12, 2012

Modern medicine emerged in the second half of the 19th century, as innovative technologies and new theories of disease paved the way for extraordinary medical advances. For Jews - and for the Jewish community at large - the field of scientific medicine presented new opportunities, new challenges, and new ways to engage with modernity. Through an array of original medical instruments, artifacts, documents, letters, photographs, and video, Trail of the Magic Bullet explores the Jewish encounter with modern medicine on an individual, communal, and religious level. The exhibition brings the conversation up to the present, concluding with a specially produced film that examines key issues in contemporary Jewish bioethics. [View Press Release]

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/MagicBullet

Image: Surgery, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, early 20th century. Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey

Silk Stones - Works by Rochelle Rubinstein

March 11 - July 15, 2012

Toronto-based artist Rochelle Rubinstein blends biblical narratives,
cultural legends, liturgy and poetry with her own personal stories to create abstracted yet recognizable images of family, community and history. This monographic exhibition features sculpture, works on paper, wood and fabric, and a series of richly decorated handmade books. Using repetition and overlapping, carving and piercing, and a variety of sewing and printing techniques within single works, Rubinstein invites viewers to experience intimately the artist's process and perspective. [View Press Release]

For more information about the exhibition please visit: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/SilkStones


Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

September 25, 2011 - April 29, 2012

While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. Graphic Details is a groundbreaking exhibition, and provides the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels, will present the powerful work of eighteen artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre. By turns funny, outrageous, poignant and embarrassingly intimate, the works in Graphic Details reflect the artists’ individual journeys, refracted through a distinctively Jewish lens in a pop-culture art form. [View Press Release]

Prophecy of Place: Quintan Ana Wikswo
August 14, 2011 – February 26, 2012
Quintan Ana Wikswo’s dreamlike yet haunting photographs and poetry form the heart of this conceptually innovative exhibition.  An internationally acclaimed artist and author, Wikswo uses damaged antique battlefield cameras and distressed film mixed with poetry to present kaleidoscopic portraits of the Jewish historical experience in seven countries, eight centuries and nine languages. Utilizing text, as well as still and moving images, the exhibition creates a dramatic environment of shifting languages, time and place. [View Press Release]


Old and the New: Mark Podwal's Textiles for the Altneuschul
November 27, 2011 - January 15, 2012

Prague's Altneuschul (Old-New Synagogue), the world's oldest operating synagogue, is celebrated through numerous legends and for its architectural beauty.  Constructed in 1270, the synagogue is a place of worship and community activity, and a symbol of Czech-Jewish identity.  Mark Podwal, an internationally recognized New York-based artist, was commissioned to design new textiles for the sanctuary. Embroidered in shimmering gold thread on rich velvet, the textiles reflect the traditions and mythology of the Altneuschul and one of the world's most vibrant Jewish communities.  Yeshiva University Museum is privileged to unveil the textiles before they are sent to Prague to be formally dedicated and installed. They are complemented by a selection of the artist’s earlier graphic works.

Jews on Vinyl

July 24, 2011 - January 15, 2012
What do Bagels and Bongos, Israeli Disco Fever, and When You are in Love the Whole World is Jewish have in common? They are just a few of the vintage record titles featured in this exhibition, based on the book by Roger Bennett and Josh Kun-And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past as Told by the Records We Have Loved and Lost. What started out as a mutual affinity for kitschy Jewish album covers soon became a quest for identity, history, and culture between the grooves of LPs. Pieced together, these scratched, once-loved and now-forgotten audio gems tell a vibrant tale: the story of Jews in America.
The exhibition features a soundtrack of highlights from these LPs to provide opportunities for Museum visitors to experience forgotten moments in Jewish American pop history. Much of the music is no longer available in any format and through this exhibition; audiences will have the unprecedented opportunity to explore new perspectives on Jewish identity and history through this exciting aspect of Jewish culture. [View Press Release]
Jews on Vinyl has been organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum with guest curators, Roger Bennett and Josh Kun. The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of Kenneth and Anna Zankel. Additional support has been provided by Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, a professional corporation.

The exhibition’s presentation in New York is sponsored in part by The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and by the Richard H. Holzer Memorial Foundation.

Image: Irving Fields Trio, Bagels and Bongos, Decca, 1959. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett

There is a Mirror in My Heart: Reflections on a Righteous Grandfather
January 30 - August 28, 2011

Artist Sebastian Mendes offers a personal artistic response to the actions taken by his grandfather Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who, as Portuguese Consul General in Bordeaux, France in June 1940, engineered one of the greatest rescue acts of the Holocaust, saving an estimated 30,000 refugees. Through drawings, sculptures, and an in-gallery performance that metaphorically reenacts his grandfather’s deeds, this exhibition gives visual form to this act of courage and heroism through art.

You can enjoy a preview of the gallery exhibition by viewing this documentary featuring Sebastian Mendes.

Imprint – 2ND Annual Stern College Art Show

May 22 – July 24, 2011

The Studio Art program at Stern College for Women, an undergraduate division of Yeshiva University, provides a foundation-based course of study that allows students to find and nurture their individual artistic voices. Within the College's Jewish and liberal arts curriculum, the program deepens students' skills of visual and artistic expression, and prepares them for careers in diverse art-related fields. This 2nd annual exhibition presents a selection of works by this year's graduating studio art majors. 

Letters from my Grandparents: Ruth Schreiber

January 9 - July 24, 2011

Israeli artist Ruth Schreiber's sculpture installation is her attempt to come to know her grandparents through copies of the letters they sent to their children who left Germany for England following Kristallnacht in November 1938.  The paper masks made from the letters and stretched over mold's of Schreiber's children's faces, are complimented by a historical exhibition on the experience of her family as told in their own words. Schreiber's work will resonate with anyone who seeks to know something of always-to-be unmet people in the past.

Miriam and Israel Wertentheil Collection, Yeshiva University Museum
January 9 - July 24, 2011

The works in this collection relate to the life of children and childhood in Jewish culture, ranging from objects of play to religious observance, of festive celebration to mystical protection. Selected and donated by the Wertentheil children to honor their parents' values and their emphasis on family life and Torah, this collection reflects the continuity and transmission of traditional Jewish ideals through objects of youthful character and spirit.

Zero to 10 - First Decades/New Centuries

Zero to 10 - First Decades/New Centuries:
Highlights from the Collections at the Center for Jewish History

December 12, 2010 - June 26, 2011

An innovative and dynamic exhibition of the holdings from the five partner institutions of the Center for Jewish History offers the public a select behind-the-scenes glimpse of the treasures of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Center, Zero to 10 has a three-fold mission: to enable the viewer to better appreciate crucial first decades of past centuries, to understand how multiple changing forces have shaped history, and to explore the continuing heritage of Jewish belief, life and experience.

Sam Borenstein and the Colors of Montreal
February 6 - May 8, 2011

Bold colors, dynamic brushwork and ecstatic energy characterize the paintings of Sam Borenstein (1908 - 1969). Born in Eastern Europe, he immigrated in 1921 to Montreal, which became home to a remarkably vibrant community of Jewish artists and writers. During a 40-year career, Borenstein painted richly colored portraits and vibrant scenes of the city's streets and the Laurentian landscape. His intensely hued and emotionally charged views of the city and its surrounding countryside earned Borenstein the title of Canada’s only "authentic Expressionist" of the mid-20th century. This exhibition, the first monographic show devoted to the artist outside of Canada, presents over 30 of his works from the 1930 to 1960s.

Chanuka Lamps by Oded Halahmy

Dates | Pomegranates | Olive Oil:
Chanukah Lamps by Oded Halahmy

December 1, 2010 – January 23, 2011

The word "Chanukah" means dedication, and for nearly forty years Oded Halahmy has dedicated himself to honoring his heritage through dazzling Chanukah lamps.  Mixing symbols from his Jewish and Iraqi background-pomegranates, chamsas, lions, and palm trees-Halahmy's brilliant creations invite us to contemplate the holiday and its meanings. 

16 mm Postcards: Home Movies of American Jewish Visitors to 1930s Poland
August 29, 2010 - January 2, 2011

This exhibition brings to life the landscape of people in Poland through the amateur movies of immigrant American Jews who traveled "back home" to visit their families, friends, and former communities in the 1920s and 1930s.  Intended to be viewed by family and fellow landsmen – friends from the Old Country - these films offer a rare, intimate and - quite literally - moving picture of Jewish families, towns and society in pre-World War II Poland.  This exhibition is being developed in collaboration with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Center for Jewish History. [View Website]

Andi Arnovitz: Tear/Repair
May 9 - December 26, 2010

In this beautiful and provocative exhibition, Andi Arnovitz draws deeply from her constant engagement with the figurative and literal fabric of Jewish culture and identity to blend feminist art, religious art, assemblage, and fiber art to intrigue, stimulate and haunt the viewer. Using found materials such as discarded prayer book pages and other Jewish documents in combination with traditional textile and printmaking tools, Arnovitz weaves a multifaceted narrative of Jewish identity sharply focused on inspiring active Tikkun Olam – the repair of the world.  By and large a meditation on the challenges facing contemporary Israeli society, the resultant art offers both critiques of contemporary society and visions of a better, reconfigured future.

Stern Senior Art Show
May 16 - October 17, 2010

The Studio Art program at Stern College for Women, an undergraduate division of Yeshiva University, provides a foundation-based course of study that allows students to find and nurture their individual artistic voices. Within the College's Jewish and liberal arts curriculum, the program deepens students’ skills of visual and artistic expression, and prepares them for careers in diverse art-related fields. This inaugural exhibition presents a selection of works by this year’s graduating Studio Art majors.  You can view work by the featured artists in the exhibition, as well as an expanded collection on our new Flickr page, in the Stern Senior Art Show 2010 photo set.

Sukkot from Sukkah City
September 22 – September 29, 2010

In celebration of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Yeshiva University Museum and the Center for Jewish History present a selection of sukkahs from the design competition Sukkah City. Come see these creative and beautiful modern re-interpretations of biblical tradition. A panel discussion on “Judaism and Sacred Space: Meditations on Sukkah City” will be presented by YUM on Monday, September 27, to mark the occasion.

Drawing on Tradition: The Book of Esther

February 21- August 15, 2010
This exhibition depicts the Book of Esther as you've never seen it before. Featuring the bold and edgy illustrations from JT Waldman's Megillat Esther, this epic tale of exile and redemption is sure to amaze and intrigue. This exhibition has been originated by the Jewish Museum of Maryland. Original drawings Courtesy of JT Waldman.

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A Journey Through Jewish Worlds:
Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books

March 21, 2010 - August 1, 2010

A Journey Through Jewish Worlds offers museum visitors a first-time glimpse at the rare treasures inside a world-class private collection. This exceptional collection of manuscripts and printed books provides an overview of seven centuries of Jewish creativity and artistry, and features beautifully ornamented legal and liturgical manuscripts, decorated marriage contracts and illustrated scrolls of the Book of Esther, many with richly crafted cases made from precious metals or carved wood. Exhibition highlights include a manuscript written in Germany in 1288, an illustrated Italian marriage contract on parchment with unique cuttings from 1741, and Esther scrolls from Holland, Italy, Greece and India. [View Website] [View Press Release]

Images: Courtesy of the Braginsky Collection. Photography by Ardon Bar-Hama.

Many Lives: A Sculptural Installation by Andrew Rogers
November 22, 2009 - May 16, 2010

Australian artist Andrew Rogers, creator of one of the world's largest contemporary land art projects, transforms the Museum’s garden through sculptural forms suggesting a river bed, a tree of life and rays of light in this specially designed multipart installation. Featuring a large marble relief and twenty carved stones, the installation, conceived in response to the story of our origins in the Book of Genesis, invites contemplation and dialogue on the interaction between ancient life and contemporary society.

Folk Art Judaica by Herman Braginsky
August 9, 2009 -May 2, 2010

Carved ritual objects made of fine and aged woods, including tzedakah boxes, Torah pointers, mizrach plates, mezuzot, dreidels, Torah arks, spice containers, and other works created by self-taught craftsman Herman Braginsky (1912-1999). These meticulously carved objects reveal an appreciation for Jewish tradition and sensitivity for color and material.

Creation and the Ten Commandments: A Visual Journey by Rudi Wolff
August 9 - May 2, 2010

Digital serigraphs inspired by two cornerstone biblical texts: Genesis and the Ten Commandments. An award-winning New York graphic artist, Rudi Wolff creates an abstract language that evokes the primacy and beauty of Creation and suggests the power and moral nuance of the Ten Commandments.

Letters of Conscience: Raphael Lemkin and the Quest to End Genocide
November 15, 2009 - April 18, 2010

This exhibition focuses on the activities and legacy of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish-American Jewish lawyer who coined the term genocide, working relentlessly and inventively to protect the rights and survival of specific groups targeted for destruction. Organized jointly with the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History, this exhibition, which presents a fascinating array of original correspondence and documents, serves as a stirring and important reminder of an individual's ability to better humanity and the future.

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In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis
November 22, 2009 - February 28, 2010

In the Beginning re-imagines the first chapter of Genesis through a series of commissioned works by dynamic and internationally acclaimed contemporary artists including: Alan Berliner, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Matthew Ritchie, Ben Rubin, and Shirley Shor. Featuring diverse conceptual approaches and artistic practices, the artists challenge viewers to consider various ideas about the origins of our universe and our beginnings.

[View Press Release]

The exhibition In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis was organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, and has been adapted by the Yeshiva University Museum for this presentation.
Image: Shirley Shor, The Well, 2008. Multimedia installation. Commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Mike Weiss Gallery. Photo credit: Bruce Damonte.


Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace
September 13, 2009 - January 24, 2010

Considered by Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock to be "the first Abstract Expressionist in America," Hyman Bloom never gave up representational art. He began his career by painting rabbis, cantors and Torah covers, using them as a metaphor for his own spiritual questioning. This exhibition of nearly 50 paintings and drawings by the renowned Boston Expressionist painter reveals his recurring interest in these motifs and his exploration of Jewish spirituality and mysticism through a distinctly personal modernist
style. [View Press Release]

This exhibition was organized by the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, Massachusetts, and was curated by its Director, Katherine French.

From Malabar and Beyond: The Jews of India
March 30, 2009 - October 2, 2009

This exhibition, featuring artifacts, heirlooms and photographs gathered from local families and collections, provides a glimpse into the rich traditions and aesthetic character of India's Jewish communities. In modern times, the once vibrant Jewish communities of India, who trace their origins to the days of King Solomon and the Babylonian Exile of 586 BCE, diminished in size as thousands of Jews emigrated to Israel, the United Kingdom, and North America

Duet for Soloists: Robin Rapoport and Edward Milstein
September 16 - October 7, 2009

Robin Rapoport is a sculptor and choreographer, juxtaposing elements of whimsy and darkness in sculptural installations and through dancers in motion. Edward Milstein is a painter whose large scale geometric canvases explore color and pattern, creating an intriguing aesthetic experience. The artists are husband and wife - each creates his or her artwork according to an individualistic regimen and approach, yet their creativity is fostered through their relationship. This exhibition portrays their work in tandem -- each artist as an individual, and their oeuvre as a couple joined together in marriage and in life.

I of the Storm: Michael Hafftka Recent Work

March 22 - August 30, 2009

Michael Hafftka, the son of Holocaust survivors, constantly reflects his Jewish religious and historical heritage in his subject matter. The Hill (Jerusalem), a major large scale triptych painting by Hafftka was recently donated by the artist to Yeshiva University Museum. A selection of Hafftka's expressionist works, including his never before seen series on Hebrew Letters and his most recent work in progress on the Zohar, will comprise an exhibition of the artist's Jewish-themed work. [View Press Release]

Joseph, the Bull and the Rose: Anette Pier
February 26 - August 30, 2009

Anette Pier takes the theme of the bull (shor) and relates it to the multi-faceted biblical figure of Joseph. Working from within her Mexican tradition, Pier builds upon the image of the bull as a metaphor for Joseph's magnetism, charisma, and acquired identity. The artist visually demonstrates how bullfighting is a dance and power play with the matador paralleling Joseph's relationship with his brothers. [View Press Release]

Passages: Sculpture by L.T. Syms

March 24 - September 1, 2009

The figurative sculptures of Lynn Syms represent people drawn from her life and Jewish tradition. A native of New York City, Syms received formal training in space planning and design - a background evident in the formal qualities of her sculpture.

Final Mourner's Kaddish:
333 Days in Paintings by Max Miller

February 26 - August 16, 2009

Max Miller painted various synagogues that he frequented while saying Kaddish for his father over the required 11 month period. Miller created both a visual and written record of his travels through paintings in vivid colors and writings about his experiences. While honoring the tradition of memorializing a parent, he reflects on humanity and takes a spiritual journey. [View Press Release]

Testimony and Memory:
Contemporary Miniature Torah Mantles
by Carole Smollan
February 26 - July 26, 2009

Carole Smollan combines her patternmaking and design experience with her love of Hiddur Mitzvah and Judaica to create contemporary artworks. Working out of studios in London and Portugal, Smollan has created a series of richly dressed miniature Torah mantles from textile remnants of the many wedding canopies the artist created for bridal couples all over the world in silk, velvet, and viscose using dye, shibori, paint, and stitching. [View Press Release]

Abstraction, Figuration and the Spiritual David Stern: The American Years (1995-2008)
September 21, 2008 - February 8, 2009

David Stern was born in Essen, Germany. Since 1995 he has been living and working in New York City. Stern captures life's intensity on canvas, dealing mainly with urban themes, working to convey authentic energies in his paintings. His subjects include single and multiple figures working through their pain, their friendships, and their crises. What excites Stern as a painter are not the objects themselves but the energies felt by those objects. The Yeshiva University Museum is the first venue of a national traveling exhibition curated by Karen Wilkin, who has written: "David Stern can be described, with equal accuracy, as a figurative painter who freely reconstitutes his perceptions with emphasis on the materiality of his medium, as a genre painter who deals with contemporary experience, or as an expressionist who discovers suggestive images by exploring the physical qualities of paint."

This exhibition is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts with additional funding from individual donors.

Erfurt: Jewish Treasures from Medieval Ashkenaz

September 9, 2008 - January 29, 2009

In 1998, a remarkable hoard of medieval Jewish treasures was discovered in the Jewish quarter in Erfurt, a small town in central Germany. Hidden within the foundations of a mid-12th century house, the treasure contained coins, gold, and silver jewelry. The Erfurt treasure represents one of the largest collections of personal jewelry from the Gothic period. Jewish merchants and moneylenders often buried their wealth because of the Black Death and other persecutions. Scholars believe that a Jewish merchant or moneylender buried the treasure just before the vicious massacre of Erfurt's Jews in 1349.

Organized by Thüringisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Germany

This exhibition is sponsored by the Leon Levy Foundation, with additional funding provided by the David Berg Foundation and Lufthansa.

Soshana - Life and Work
August 31, 2008 - March, 1 2009

Soshana, born Susanne Schüller in 1927 in Vienna, was forced to flee in 1938, first to Switzerland, France, England, and finally New York. She had her first major exhibition in Havana in 1948, using the name Soshana as a pseudonym. Her early works are portraits and still lifes painted in a realistic naïve style. Her style changed to abstract reflecting the political circumstances of the post WWII era and her reaction to world events. Soshana created her own visual language using strong expressionist strokes bringing to the surface her subconscious fears and hopes. Her work contains an underlying insecurity and existential yearning for a better time with moments of vivid clarity and hope.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affaires of the Republic of Austria and the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York.

The Suitcase Man: Sculpture by Uri Dushy

September 21 - December 31, 2008

Uri Dushy's suitcase man is made of steel and is an allegorical figure of the Jew who is forced to travel without a home of his own, without stopping to unload his personal baggage. Five decades after the Holocaust, Dushy has used the icon of the wandering Jew as testimony to those who perished but also as a symbol of man's eternal dream. The majority of his sculptures have been influenced by film art and theatrical set designs.

Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land
Photographs by Neil Folberg

May 11 - August 24, 2008

In this exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, Neil Folberg's spectacular 2001 series of black-and-white photographs captures the drama and spirituality of night skies in Israel and the Sinai. Born in San Francisco, Folberg resides in Jerusalem, and is a former student of Ansel Adams. His photographs have been collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Tel-Aviv Museum.

Albert Dov Sigal 1912 - 1970

March 5 - August 31, 2008

Albert Dov Sigal was an expert enamellist who transformed the ancient media into an art form and contributed to a renaissance in enamels in Europe and the United States. This exhibition includes a selection of work by one of the first artists to arrive in Israel from Kolozsvar, Transylvania in 1948.  

The Papercut Haggadah: Archie Granot
March 5 - August 31, 2008

Fifty five highly intricate papercuts for a Passover Haggadah by virtuoso artist Archie Granot, specially commissioned for a private collection. Combining complex geometric motifs with Hebrew text, the multi-layered papercuts are technically amazing and visually stunning. Granot lives in Jerusalem; his work is featured in the collections of the Jewish Museum, New York, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Imagining the Temple: The Models of Leen Ritmeyer
March 5 - August 31, 2008

This exhibition inaugurates a new gift to the museum of five architectural models by the family of Benjamin Adelman of Silver Spring, MD. The models, which represent the Biblical Tabernacle (Mishkan) and both Jerusalem Temples, were designed by Dr. Leen Ritmeyer and built in 1996 by the York Modeling Company of York, England. Ritmeyer, a Dutch scholar and the site architect for the Temple Mount excavations in Jerusalem, was a friend of Benjamin and Kitty Adelman, who helped found the American Friends of the Israeli Exploration Society.

The Six Day War Series: Paintings by Ira Moskowitz
March 5 - August 31, 2008

This series of eight oil paintings was gifted to the museum collection by the family of Ira and Ann Moskowitz in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. In these emotionally powerful scenes, artist Ira Moskowitz (1912-2001) depicts events following the Six Days' War, June 1967. His use of vivid color and expressive brushwork conveys the euphoria of this victorious moment in Israel's history. 

Inspired by Kafka: Varda Rotem Sculptures
February 3 - August 31, 2008

These bronze sculptures by Tel Aviv-based artist Varda Rotem were inspired by the literary themes of Franz Kafka: the challenge to capture the essence of man's conflict with his destiny and his desire to be released from his chains. Rotem's source of sculptural inspiration is the work of Alberto Giacometti. Rotem was born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and was educated at Hebrew University, Jerusalem and the Avni Institute of Art, Tel Aviv. The exhibition opening will also launch The Jerusalem Review, an independent journal, in the U.S.

Bread/Lechem: Photographs by Margalit Mannor
February 3 - August 3, 2008

Thirteen large color photographs by Tel Aviv native Israeli artist, Margalit Mannor, document a little-known phenomenon in Israel today - the process by which stale bread is collected from Israeli bakeries and recycled into cattle fodder. Initiated by a Jewish man who fled a Polish ghetto in 1943, this small-scale recycling effort has since expanded, and is now practiced on farms throughout Israel, calling to mind the name, 'Bethlehem', derived from the Hebrew words, beit and lechem, meaning 'Home of Bread.' Mannor's work is included in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Jewish Museum, New York, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others.

Gan ha-Besamim (Garden of Spices): Hana Behar-Paneth, Jerusalem
March 5 - May 18th, 2008

A remarkable collection of silver and wood spice boxes by Jerusalem artist Hana Behar Paneth illustrates her lifelong fascination with the foliage and plants of Israel, combining contemporary craftsmanship with traditional fruit and floral motifs. Paneth studied under the great Israeli silversmiths Ludwig Wolpert, David Gumbel and Menahem Berman at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Her work is found in public and private collections around the world.

Picturing Jerusalem: James Graham and Mendel Diness, Photographers

December 4, 2007-April 24, 2008

This exhibition of work by James Graham and Mendel John Diness, two leading 19th-century photographers working in Palestine in the 1850s, explores progress made in the field of photography during that decade, as well as the political and social aspects of the Holy Land under Ottoman rule. On view will be rare photograph albums by the two artists, and such artifacts as a lens belonging to Diness, a wooden negative box, and a notebook.

This exhibition has been organized by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Rejoicing in Tsfat and Meron: Capturing the Fervor Photography by Win Robins

November 4, 2007-February 24, 2008

Win Robins, a retired lawyer and corporate executive, is a frequent visitor to Israel, where he volunteers his time to Livnot U'Lehibanot'an organization in Tzfat that, among other things, is rebuilding bomb shelters in the city that had been hit hard in last summer's war. During this time, he documented the joyous celebrations in the ancient mystical town, where the melodies of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach still resound.  

Alfred Dreyfus: The Fight for Justice

October 14, 2007-February 17, 2008

In 1894, Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army was wrongfully arrested and jailed for treason. His trial and the political scandal that ensued left France bitterly divided for decades, with liberal intellectuals on one side, and the clergy and military on the other. This exhibition revisits the trial and its aftermath in a completely new way: through Dreyfus’s personal effects.

Approximately 200 objects from the family archive will be on view, including photographs, posters, letters, and the original "J’accuse…!" newspaper article, written by Emile Zola to the president of France on January 14, 1898.

This exhibition has been organized by the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris.
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Encompassing Sukkot Memories: Jane Trigere
October 28, 2007 - January 30, 2008

An assemblage of memorabilia having to do with the holiday of Sukkot in the tradition of Joseph Cornell - together with anecdotes collected by the artist; each memory has a distinct space of its own and together they form a collage of memories. Jane Trigere is a costume and set designer, an art bookbinder, a calligrapher, a cobbler, an eyeglass frame designer, a museum director, a teacher, an embroiderer, a painter, and most recently, a textile artist. 

Sukkah/Bus Stop: Aleksandr Razin

September 16, 2007 - January 13, 2008

This installation connects an American Pop symbol (a bus stop) and the holiday of Sukkot, the period during which the Israelites wandered the desert living in huts, their last stop before they entered the Promised Land.  Uniting the two symbols into one, Razin attempts to create a universal Sukkah with all its associations: shelter, protection, transience, migration. The artist incorporates posters prevalent on NYC bus stops: "Free Time Share" on a desert scene and "Map Tips" charting the movements of his own family from ancient Egypt to modern day New York City, with stops in Israel, Spain, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan and New York.  

Seen by Women

A Photographic Essay by Myriam Tangi, Paris, France
October 11, 2007 - January 13, 2008

Myriam Tangi explores the distance and separation between men and women in the Jewish tradition, specifically in synagogues and places of prayer. Various architectural strategies are employed in order to ensure that men do not see women, and women have a limited view of men.  The area for women is often placed behind the space for men, physically separated by a mehitzah which can be a curtain, a latticed wall, or a folding screen. The artist is an observant Jew, was born in Paris where she lives and works, and expresses her creativity in painting, poetry and photography.  

Ezrat Nashim

Installation by Miriam Stern
September 16, 2007-January 13, 2008

This site-specific installation is a multimedia artwork that deals with a sense of separateness, prayer, and spiritual community-the issues symbolized by the mechitzah (partition) that sets apart the Ezrat Nashim, the women's area in a traditional Jewish synagogue. Its creator, painter and printmaker Miriam Stern, often focuses on women's issues as they relate to the Jewish tradition and Midrashic texts.

Ten freestanding, larger than life-size painted silhouettes of specific women comprise a "minyan," placed strategically within the gallery to reflect the often narrow confines of the women's section. Starting with the premise that prayer is both a collective and individual experience, Stern tries to capture the tension between one's desire to be part of a community while at the same time maintaining one's unique identity. The sound of prayers will be heard throughout the environment as the women chant the Hallel service.

From Darkness to Light
The paintings of Laura Murlender
A "Disappeared" who survived!
June 12 -- November 11, 2007

Between 1976 and 1983, Argentina was under military rule. During this period, Jews were increasingly targeted for kidnapping and torture by the ruling junta. Laura Murlender, a native of Buenos Aires was abducted at the age of nineteen by government forces and placed in solitary confinement. After she was "liberated by mistake," she fled to Tel Aviv where she began rebuilding her "destroyed" identity. Murlender was accepted at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and began a search for structure and a sense of unity in art by using a variety of media and materials in her oil paintings, mixed media on canvas, works on paper and photography. Through her art, she managed the transition from darkness to light. Her quest is reflected in the different series she developed since 1982, an expression of her personal life history in Black, Red, White and Blue based on photographs Murlender has taken herself of archaeological sites in Israel. Through color and linear grids, the artist transcends the stone walls her Jewish identity has created for her and therein her artwork becomes a timeline for her own personal history.

The exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

Ita B'Ita: Ita Aber in Her Time
60 Years of Creativity and Innovation by Ita Aber

June 24 - October 14, 2007

This retrospective exhibition shows us 60 years of one artist's oeuvre in fiber, painting, sculpture, appliqué, embroidery, and printing, most inspired by ancient Jewish art from a contemporary feminist and humanitarian vantage point. It is exceedingly diverse - it includes Purim masks, beaded mezuzot, jewelry, ceremonial Judaica, and synagogue adornments done in appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and pieced fabrics.

Ita Aber has been a New York artist, conservator, historian and curator for over three decades. Her works can be found in private and museum collections in the U.S. and Israel, including the Brooklyn Museum, Yeshiva University Museum, The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Newark Museum, the Smithsonian Institute and the Israel Museum.

Poets' Portraits: Lines For My Image
Drawings and Sculpture by Zvi Lachman, Tel-Aviv
April 22 - August 26, 2007

Lachman's portraits combine visual impressions from observation, photographs, and memory, and juxtapose the portraits with the poems. The artist seeks to capture the relationship between the inner life of each writer and poet; his or her view of the world; and the impression that their work has left on the artist. His subjects include Haim Nachman Bialik, Elsa Lasker-Schueler; Lea Goldberg; Uri Zvi Grinberg; Avot Yeshurun; Yona Wallach; Shai Agnon; and others.

And I Still See Their Faces:
The Vanished World of Polish Jews
February 25 - September 2, 2007

This photographic exhibition documents the faces of Polish Jews and their everyday activities before the Holocaust. The photographs and albums, whose owners perished, were scattered throughout Poland during the war and saved from obscurity by the Shalom Foundation, which digitally enhanced and enlarged the photographs and devoted over two years to tracing the identities of the subjects and piecing together their stories. The photographs are accompanied by personal stories, which vividly evoke the vanished world of over three million Polish Jews for museum visitors.

A Program of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, North American Council, and The Florence & Chafetz Hillel House at Boston University.

The Illuminated Torah: Yonah Weinrib

The entire Book of Exodus, Illustrated
February 4 - May 27, 2007

Rabbi Yonah Weinrib is both a Torah scholar and an artist. This amazing manuscript was executed as a private commission. It combines pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and airbrush painting on parchment, together with calligraphy, micrography, and elaborate illumination. The illustrations are based on Rabbi Weinrib’s profound scholarship and knowledge of traditional commentaries. He has exhibited and lectured extensively in the U.S. and the international Jewish community. This is his third exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum. (Read more)

Kikar Zahav Tahor "A Talent of Pure Gold"

Illuminated Miniatures by Barbara Wolff
February 11 - June 3, 2007

The great treasures of Medieval manuscripts are distinguished by the miniature worlds they open to us, a world that New York artist Barbara Wolff has recreated in this exhibition. In her own miniature universe, Barbara Wolff invites the viewer to take part in the personal dialogue between the artist and her subjects-the flowers, fruits, and landscapes of the Bible. Simile and metaphor are often expressed in Biblical literature by the terms and symbols of nature, specifically the natural phenomena and seasons of ancient Israel. Wolff's mastery of Medieval and Renaissance artists' techniques and materials is apparent in her fluency with burnished gold on vellum and hand-ground pigments like azurite, malachite and lapis lazuli.

Reuben Kadish's Holocaust Sculpture
February 4 - April 22, 2007

Expressionist brutality and raw emotion manifest themselves in the work of Reuben Kadish, a sculptor, draughtsman, painter and printmaker. The son of parents who had immigrated from Kovno in Czarist Russia (now Lithuania), Kadish was brought up in a Yiddish speaking traditional family. Born in Chicago but raised in California, Kadish studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles together with Philip Guston( Goldstein) . He worked alongside David Alfaro Siqueiros, the left-wing muralist, in Morelia, Mexico, and then became an artist of the Depression era WPA- the Works Public Administration. During WWII, he was assigned to document bombed-out villages in Burma and India; those searing experiences resulted in his creating an impressive series of deeply scored terra cotta and bronze sculptures that viscerally reflected his Abstract Expressionist roots. It was at this point in his life-- the late 1940's-- that his career as a painter virtually ended and he settled down to become a dairy farmer in Northern New Jersey, toiling the land and working as a sculptor. The bronze works in this Sculpture garden reflect Reuben Kadish's ferocious reaction to the horrific world events and crimes against humanity that he personally witnessed during World War II, as well as his fierce response to the Holocaust and Hiroshima.

Chana Cromer
The Story of Joseph: Unveiling the Text

November 19, 2006 - March 25, 2007

A graduate of the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem, and a Torah student for many years, Jerusalem fiber artist and teacher Chana Cromer has created a series of fabric wall hangings that reflect the text and commentary in the story of Joseph. Drawing our attention to the centrality of cloth in the Biblical narrative, Cromer's multilayered artworks shed light on the complex layers of Joseph's personality and the interfacing symbolism in his "coat of many colors."
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Feminine Principals: Works in Iron, Fiber and Glass
Orna Ben-Ami; Georgette Benisty; Saara Gallin

May 23, 2006 - January 28, 2007

This exhibition illustrates how the artists' works reflect the inherent qualities of their chosen media (the permanence and rigidity of iron; the fragility and luminescence of glass; the richness and "femininity" of textiles) and, simultaneously, how these works reflect the commonalities of the artists' shared experiences as women and Jews. Read More

The Holocaust in the Paintings of Valentin Lustig

May 23, 2006 - January 28, 2007

A postwar child of East European Holocaust survivors, Lustig has created symbolic scenarios of this traumatic period of history. Using his fertile imagination, the artist has developed his own iconography consisting of people, animals, landscapes, still-lifes, architecture in a Surrealist style relating to the works of Dali, de Chirico, and Magritte, and sharing the detail and impact of Hieronymus Bosch. Born in Cluz, Romania, he studied painting in Florence, Italy and has lived in Israel but now resides in Zurich, Switzerland. He has exhibited in Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.

At the Altar of her Memories: A memorial to a lost family
Video installation by Tova Beck-Friedman
Puppets by Bracha Ghilai
May 23, 2006 - January 28, 2007

An installation of hand-made puppets by Bracha Ghilai, who, at the age of seventeen, following liberation from Bergen-Belsen, came to Israel to start her life over, established a puppet theatre as a part of her healing process.

The Max Stern Collection of Judaica
May 9, 2006 - January 28, 2007

Motivated by his desire to preserve a Jewish heritage devastated by the Holocaust, Max Stern, founder of Hartz Mountain pet products, built a collection of over 400 Judaica items. Many pieces originally came from famous collections, including the Zagayski, Feinberg and Davidowitz Collections. This selected exhibition includes a variety of ceremonial metalwork and textiles dating from the 17th century to the present, created in North Africa, Europe, Iran, Galicia and Turkey.

Resistance and Memory in Belgium: 1940-1945

Images Past and Present
A Documentary Installation by Anne Griffin with Contemporary Photographs by Jean-Marc Gourdon
May 23, 2006 - Janurary 14, 2007

This documentary exhibition presents wartime images, contemporary portraits, and personal testimonies of 25 courageous men and women who, more than 60 years ago, actively resisted Nazi occupation in their small country, Belgium. (Based on research by Dr. Anne Griffin.)

Vincent Capraro's Vision: Paintings and Drawings

June 11, 2006 - November 2, 2006

Vincent Capraro's work is reminiscent of both Rembrandt and Goya, as his drawings and large, mural-scale paintings evoke the suffering of humanity and the horrors of the Holocaust. He is inspired by nature, artists of the past, and by political and social events that have touched his soul.

Traders on the Sea Routes: 12th Century Trade Between East and West
September 7, 2003 - August 13, 2006

This interactive exhibit traces the routes of medieval Jewish merchants. Maps and models of sailing vessels (an Arab dhow and a Venetian Galley) show the merchants' method and means of travel from India and Venice to Cairo, while activity stations offer insite into the lives of traders living in the Middle Ages, a glimpse into Cairo Genizah, and a visit to Maimonides' study.

Passover Landscapes: Illuminations on the Exodus Art Haggadah
By Rabbi Matthew Berkowitz
April 9, 2006 - August, 13 2006

This new limited edition of Art Haggadah, interpreted in rich vibrant colors, invites the viewer to participate in an inspiring Seder experience. Berkowitz, an educator and artist, designed and created the striking work in Israel; its intricate papercut designs, handmade endpapers, and landscape-like cover, echo the natural beauty of the Holy Land.

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