The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is hosting an exhibit March 3-June 24, 2016 titled “Jews Rock!” featuring photographs of Jewish Icons in music through the lens of photojournalist Janet Macoska including Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and many more. In addition, the Museum will showcase a select group of Oklahoma artists with original pieces of artwork featuring Jewish rock artists. The Museum has provided ten artists with an unfinished guitar body and assigned them a Jewish musician to paint but the design is completely up to them. Their work will be displayed in our museum for the entire exhibit. The opening reception is March 3, from 5-7 p.m.
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Beginning on Sunday, March 10, 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 Tenth Annual Purim Mask Invitational.
The masks are juried by a panel of local art experts in three separate age divisions with all masks competing for the “Best of Show” award. Cash prizes will be handed out 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. In addition, the Museum will be giving out the People’s Choice Award via Facebook. Keep an eye on the Museum’s Facebook page for the online gallery. The Closing Reception & Purim Mask Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the Museum Lobby.
The Tenth Annual Purim Mask Invitational exhibit will be on display at the Museum until from March 10-April 17, 2016. To view the requirements to enter your schools masks in this exhibit, please click here: 2016 Purim Call for Entries
Night of Muses-Sunday, October 18, benefiting The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. For your enjoyment, the evening will offer a silent auction featuring first-run, limited-edition lithographs from the Theodore Fried Collection, performances by members of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Tulsa Opera and youth poets from Louder Than a Bomb. Following the dinner program, an after party with live music from the Jam ‘Bassadors will cap the evening. Please contact the museum to RSVP. Patron opportunities available.
2015 STUDENT PROPAGANDA ART EXHIBIT SHERWIN MILLER MUSEUM OF JEWISH ART
Who: All middle and high school students are eligible to enter the contest.
What: The exhibit will feature artwork created in response to the following prompt:
Not all propaganda is negative. Propaganda is biased information intentionally spread to shape public opinion and behavior. The Nazis’ use of propaganda was created with the intent to spread their message of race hatred. For the purpose of this exhibition, we challenge you to create a piece of propaganda that serves to spread positive ideas and information for the benefit of humanity.
Where: Artwork will be exhibited in the Sharna Newman Frank Education Gallery at the Sherwin Miller Museum in the fall of 2015.
When: Artwork will be accepted from August 10, 2015-October 23, 2015
• “Artwork” is understood to be visual art in any medium, but is not understood to refer to film, music, dance or drama (the performing arts).
• All artworks should be easily portable and either freestanding, or be able to sit on an easel or a tabletop.
• Artworks may be submitted by individual students or by groups of students.
• The artist/s name, school and teacher should appear on the artwork in a place that is not visible when displayed (such as the bottom or back of the artwork).
• A short (1-3 sentence) artist/s’ statement should accompany each artwork.
• Artworks that require batteries or electricity may not be displayed, for logistical reasons.
This student art exhibit will be in conjunction with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Exhibit, which will be at the Sherwin Miller Museum from September 30, 2015 – February 16, 2016:
September 30, 2015- February 21, 2016
“Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert.”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1924
The Nazi Party developed a sophisticated propaganda machine that deftly spread lies about its political opponents, Jews, and the need to justify war. Nazi propaganda was much more complex than that. For the Nazis to achieve power and pursue their racial policies and expansionist war efforts, a much more nuanced picture had to be painted-one that would appeal to broad swaths of the population, not just a fanatical extreme.
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda draws visitors into a rich multimedia environment vividly illustrating the insidious allure of much of Nazi propaganda. “Adolf Hitler was an avid student of propaganda and borrowed techniques from the Allies in World War I, his Socialist and Communist rivals, the Italian Fascist Party, as well as modern advertising,” says exhibition curator Steven Luckert. “Drawing upon these models, he successfully marketed the Nazi Party, its ideology, and himself to the German people.”
The exhibition reveals how shortly after World War I, the Nazi Party began to transform itself from an obscure, extremist group into the largest political party in democratic Germany. Hitler early on recognized how propaganda, combined with the use of terror, could help his radical party gain mass support and votes. He personally adapted the ancient symbol of the swastika and the emotive colors of red, black, and white to create the movement’s flag. In doing so, Hitler established a potent visual identity that has branded the Nazi Party ever since.
After seizing power, the Nazi Party took over all communications in Germany. It marshaled the state’s resources to consolidate power and relentlessly promote its vision of a “racially pure,” utopian Germany that needed to defend itself from those who would destroy it. Jews were cast as the primary enemies, but others, including Roma, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and mentally and physically disabled persons, were also portrayed as threats to the “national community.”
As Germany pushed the world into war, Nazi propaganda rationalized Germany’s territorial expansion as self-defense. Jews were depicted as agents of disease and corruption. The Nazis’ actions against them, in Germany and occupied countries, were promoted as necessary measures to protect the population at large.
Please contact the Museum if you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Leonard Nimoy’s Secret Selves Catalog.
Both fans of Fine Art Photography and fans of Star Trek will be thrilled to see this acclaimed exhibit of Leonard Nimoy’s photography, Secret Selves. Due to his fame as Spock on Star Trek, Nimoy, an accomplished photographer who became an expert in dealing with another identity in his life, decided to investigate hidden identities—secret selves. He called for volunteers to participate in a session in which they revealed their secret selves, whether by costume, pose, or attitude. The resulting portraits are the Secret Selves exhibit.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is pleased to announce the launch of a unique new digital installation and take home app for iPad developed by Tulsa-based semantic technology company Moomat.
“This cutting edge technology allows people across the world to explore our Museum’s collections,” said Drew Diamond, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art Executive Director. “The Sherwin Miller is dedicated to promoting Jewish heritage, history and culture through art and education. Thanks to Moomat and this new installation and app, we are able to share that mission locally and globally.”
“We’re excited to be working with such a forward thinking museum and are continuing to help them to develop new and interesting ways to increase the explorability and interactivity of their many other collections in the future,“ said Moomat CEO Daniel Mooney.
The first technology project between Moomat and the Museum was to create an interactive way for guests to explore the vast Fred Strauss Collection, an impressive collection of letters, postcards and stamps collected and curated since the 1940s that chronicle the history and traditions of the Jewish people.
The new iPad app is a take home version of this collection that allows anyone to download and explore the collection in great detail, and how it connects with various aspects of Jewish culture and history. Plans are in motion to develop and release new digital installations revolving around the Museum’s extensive collections and to actively incorporate them in the commercial app.
To download Sherwin Miller Application on iPad:
About Moomat: Moomat LLC is an Oklahoma based company that produces tools to enable businesses, media, cultural institutions and others to curate archives and other digital libraries. They are currently developing the largest database of semantically connected data in the world with over 50 million connected entities to date, and are rapidly implementing their Deep Diver and CultureScout platforms for a variety of businesses. Moomat was founded in 2012. Learn more at: www.moomat.com / www.facebook.com/moomat / www.twitter.com/moomat
Sun., Sept. 29 • 2 p.m. • Society members and potential members are invited to this meeting in the Dan Room of the CSJCC. Dr. Harvey Blumenthal will be speaking on Jews in the Civil War. For those of you who have heard Dr. Blumenthal speak, he is truly our local expert on the subject!
Join us for an hour of exploring the Alexander Kanchik exhibit in this interactive workshop for children on Sunday, August 4 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. A quest through the exhibit will put the children’s minds to work as they explore the world of Kanchik’s art. This free workshop is open to children of all ages and includes free museum admission for the day. For more information, contact Tracey at 918-492-1818.