Archive for the ‘Past’ Category


SMMJA & TASM Share the Love!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Tulsa Air & Space Museum are sharing the love during the month of February! All month long during regular museum hours, members of the Sherwin Miller Museum will receive free admission to TASM…and vice versa!  Membership definitely has its benefits!

Sexuality Spectrum: Gallery Talk

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Laura Kruger,  Curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum in New York, will be in Tulsa for a special Gallery Talk for the Sexuality Spectrum Exhibit on  Tuesday, January 28. The evening starts with a brief reception at  6:30 pm, with the gallery talk following at 7:00 p.m.  Please RSVP by calling 918-492-1818 or emailing


Alexander Calder: Abstraction/Creation

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Sept. 29-Feb. 2Mezzanine Gallery • Alexander Calder, a one-time engineering student who moved to Paris to become an artist, became an international sensation with his creation and development of abstract mobiles (hanging sculpture) Stabiles (floor mounted mobiles) and paintings. The twelve lithographs in this exhibit, La Mémoire Élémentaire, were created in the 1970s and are a perfect example of the sense of line and color that made Calder famous. The community is invited to join us for the opening reception for this show on Thurs., Oct. 3, 5-7 p.m.

Reproduction, including downloading of Alexander Calder works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Alexander Kanchik: Jewish Life and Folk Tales

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Born in Moldova, Kanchik’s paintings and sculpture envision village life in Russia, as well as illustrate the short stories written by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Kanchik’s work is colorful and humorous; populated by merchants and rabbis, fairies and fools, and even vampires and mummies. 

The pieces in the exhibition are available for purchase.

Views from the Old Country: Life in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Many of Tulsa’s founding Jewish families traveled from Eastern Europe and Russia to settle in the wilds of Indian Territory. This exhibit features objects, paintings and sculpture from the museum’s permanent collection that illustrate village life, as well as objects that traveled from the old country to Oklahoma with our founding families.  This temporary exhibit is on display in the Mezzanine Gallery.

Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

In spring 2013, area K-12 students will participate in the Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational, with the opportunity to have their creations displayed for several weeks within the museum.  On Purim, it is a mitzvah (commandment) to hear the Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) that tells the story of Purim read aloud. Due to Esther’s disguising her identity as a Jewess, it has become custom to dress up and mask one’s identity during the Purim feast. Students create wearable masks recognizing Purim, a joyful holiday occurring on February 24, 2013 (Jewish Year 5773). The majority of students in Tulsa area schools are from faiths other than Judaism and are often unaware of Jewish culture and traditions. In creating a mask for Purim and learning the story of Esther and other Purim traditions, students are able to learn more about other cultures and religions. The show is on display in the Education, Brodsky and Special Exhibition Galleries from February 24 – April 7, 2013.

The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in separate age divisions with all masks competing for the “Best in Show” award.

Click here to view the entire Seventh Annual Purim Mask Invitational exhibit virtually.



David Halpern: A Few of My Favorites and the Stories Behind Them

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

David Halpern is a photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Since 1973, his photographs have been exhibited annually in museums and galleries across America, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. An avid traveler, he has photographed a variety of subjects throughout the United States, and in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America, England, Italy, Africa and Greece. Until recently, his most recognizable images were his large format black and white prints of the American Landscape. However, since 1997, virtually all his photographs have been made with digital cameras, and he has published a large volume of images in color.

During this special exhibition, David will highlight “A Few of My Favorites and the Stories Behind Them”  in our Mezzanine Gallery from September 9 – October 29, 2012.


Roy Lichtenstein: American Identity

Friday, April 20th, 2012

“In America the biggest is the best.” -Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein spent his career in a relationship with American popular culture. As a beginning artist, he turned his interest in the legends of the American West into painting of western subjects in modern art styles. His signature comic strip style paintings were first introduced to the art world in 1960. Lichtenstein’s technique, using large dots to simulate mass market printing in very large scale formats, led to a lifelong exploration of themes in American pop culture: romance, war, science fiction, patriotism, and consumerism.

This exhibit of twenty iconic Lichtenstein prints, some up to 7 feet wide, includes examples from his comic book themes, patriotic works, war themes, consumer themes, and includes a rarely viewed series of six Lichtenstein American Indian theme lithographs.  Roy Lichtenstein “American Identity” will be on display until January 13, 2013.

A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Textiles are the most varied of ‘manufactured’ goods. Lending themselves to body covering, shelter, food storage, transportation of goods, and group/clan identification, they were—and remain to this day—objects of high status, decoration, creativity, and spiritual identity. A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles explores how a variety of exceptional contemporary artists apply their skillful creativity to the ever-evolving understanding of Jewish values. The individual textiles address issues of memory and reflection, interpretations of history and ritual, and links between the past and present. They delve into aspects of the Holocaust, war, patriotism, celebration, prayer, feminism, and sexuality, frequently through the inclusion of Biblical texts and sometimes challenging traditional forms. In the realm of conceptual fine art, the approximately two dozen outstanding textiles in this show leave an indelible impression that expands our perception of contemporary art, and enhance our understanding of Jewish history, experience and values. This exhibit will be on display in the Brodsky and Second Floor Exhibition galleries from June 3 to August 26, 2012



Marc Chagall: Drawings for the Bible

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Russian-born painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) established a reputation as one of the most eminent among 20th century modern artists. His work was dominated by rich sources of imagery- memories of his family life, folklore of his early years in Russia, and the Bible. The Drawings for the Bible were commissioned in 1930 by Ambroise Vollard, a Parisian art dealer and publisher of deluxe art books. Chagall traveled to Palestine to experience for himself the people, the landscape and the sacred historic places. By 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he had finished 66 images. Although Chagall was familiar with the works of the old masters, especially Rembrandt’s portrayals of Biblical themes, his depictions are independent of all previous iconography and the traditional conventions. Rather, Chagall based his etchings on his personal memories and his impressions from his trip to what was then Palestine. The museum will display a large selection of lithographs from this series from October 23, 2011 – January 31, 2012.