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Eighth Annual Purim Mask Invitational

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Beginning on Sunday, March 16, hundreds of masks created by Tulsa area school children will once again fill the galleries at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art as part of the Eighth Annual Purim Mask Invitational.

The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in six separate age divisions with all masks competing for the “Best of Show” award. Prizes for the student artists range from gift cards to $50 cash for each divisional winner. The Best of Show Award it $150 and is the purchase price for the mask that becomes part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The Opening Reception & Purim Mask Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 27 from 5-7 p.m. in the Museum Lobby.

The Eighth Annual Purim Mask Invitational exhibit will be on display at the Museum until April 20, 2014. To view the exhibition catalogue, please click here.


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


The Sexuality Spectrum

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The Sexuality Spectrum offers a groundbreaking exploration of sexual orientation through the creativity of over fifty international contemporary artists. Artists including Judy Chicago, Joan Snyder, Arthur Tress, Archie Rand, Albert Winn, Trix Rosen, Joan Roth, and Mark Podwal explore a broad range of subjects: the evolving social and religious attitudes toward sexuality; issues of alienation, marginalization, and inclusion; the impact on the family, child-rearing, and life stages; violence and persecution; AIDS/HIV; and the influence of the LGBTQI community on the Jewish and larger world.

Judy Chicago and Estelle Yarinsky reference Nazi persecution of gay victims during the Holocaust, as documented in Richard Grune’s rare wartime lithograph. Josh Lehrer captures haunting portraits of transgender youths in New York City. Helene Aylon, Susan Kaplow and Trix Rosen expose and refute the Biblical quotes in Leviticus that have engendered discrimination and intolerance, while Archie Rand looks to the Biblical David and Jonathan and prophet and warrior Deborah for other perspectives.

Curator Laura Kruger explained, “The HUC-JIR Museum staff held numerous focus groups with artists, asking them to share their intimate feelings concerning their lives as LGBTQI in the community, including their faith-based experiences. We frequently heard incidents of marginalization, isolation, and exclusion. They shared their long years of concealment as well as the wrenching experience of ‘coming out;’ their relationships with family members, employers, and friendships that disintegrated; and the search for life-long partners.”

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.