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February 5-April 2, 2015
Opening Reception: February 12
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is pleased to present the new exhibition Ancient Ways: Modern Forms, An Exploration of Related Experience in Native American and Jewish Cultures by Oklahoma Native Artists. This exhibit features the works of Cherokee treasures Jane Osti and Martha Berry, as well as works from the members of the Southeast Indian Artists Association, who created works that touch on traditions and related experiences in the cultures of two ancient tribal peoples: the Jewish people, and the Native American people.
Ancient Ways: Modern Forms was conceived as a means to find and celebrate the common ground shared by two cultures living here in Oklahoma: Jewish and Native American. The Sherwin Miller Museum asked the artists of the Southeastern Indian Artists Association to create a new work or find, in their existing work, a connection between the traditions and experiences of the two peoples; the tribes of Oklahoma and the tribes of Israel.
Most connections fell into two types; the importance of passing on traditions and keeping them alive, and the shared experiences of Diaspora and persecution.
One work is Troy Jackson’s remarkable sculpture Carrying Tradition, which is the embodiment of the cultural imperative of both peoples; to keep tradition alive and modernize it for use in our contemporary age. Artists Jane Osti, Chase Kahwinhut Earles, David Pruitt, Karin Walkingstick, and Scott Roberts created pottery based on ancient tribal forms; forms used by early potters in the ancient nations of Israel and Judah.
The second part of the exhibit is Eradicating the Other: Forced Removal, Diaspora, and Assimilation as Experienced by Native American and Jewish Peoples. Both cultures have suffered negative consequences for their beliefs and traditions. Artist Shan Goshorn created a woven basket, Pain. Parallel. Prayer, a Cherokee style singe-weave basket woven from paper splints printed with the definition of genocide and images of the Holocaust.
What do the movies The Godfather, American Gangsters, Goodfellas or TV shows The Soprano’s, Boardwalk Empire, and The Untouchables all have in common? There was always a Jewish gangster character involved!
The next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa which will be held on Sunday November 24th at 2:00 pm in the Dan Room will give you the real histories about Jewish gangsters that made up part of the Jewish experience in America. Phil Goldfarb, President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tulsa will lead a discussion and presentation on the backgrounds of many famous names that we are familiar with.
“Not many people know that underworld boss Meyer Lansky (born Meyer Suchowljansky) was the only Jew not allowed to stay in Israel, even with the ‘Law of Return’ and offering the Israel government $1 million dollars” according to Goldfarb. “We will talk about some of the more famous Jewish gangsters including Arnold ‘The Brain’ Rothstein who ‘fixed’ the 1919 World Series, Bugsy Segal, the man behind Las Vegas, or name changes for individuals such as Arthur Flegenheimer who became Dutch Schultz and Irving Wexler who became Waxey Gordon. Other famous Jewish gangsters include Jake “Greasy Thumb” Guzik (Al Capone’s money man) and for those with NY or NJ roots: Abner ‘Longy’ Zwillman, called the Al Capone of New Jersey.” This promises to be an interesting and fun program.
Time at the end of the meeting to help with any genealogy “brick walls” will also be available. New members are always welcome.
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
Join us at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art 47th Anniversary Annual Gala for an evening of fun, food, and art. The festivities this year will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 and will celebrate the past, present and future of the Museum. We are delighted to be honoring Fred Strauss for his dedication and leadership. Fred has given of his time as a board member and is one of our most popular docents. He has also donated 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 proceeds from the annual Gala help fund the Museum’s educational programming, exhibitions, and operations. Now, more than ever, your support is vital and ensures that the Museum will continue to serve as a powerful resource for better understanding and appreciation of diversity in our community. Formal invitations to this special event will follow later this summer. Please click here to download a patron form.
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Schnur, Museum Development Director at 918.492.1818.
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.
Wed., Aug. 7 • 7 p.m. at Circle Cinema (12 South Lewis Ave) • Join us for Nicky’s Family, the inaugural film in this partnership between Circle Cinema, Jewish Federation of Tulsa and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sir Nicholas Winton personally and by his own initiative saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and brought them across Hitler’s Germany to Britain. For nearly 50 years, he kept secret how he rescued these children, not even his wife knew anything about it. The story only emerged in 1988 when the BBC broadcast a thrilling show about the first meeting of approximately one hundred of the rescued children with their secret rescuer about whom they had known nothing for 50 years. Today he is often called Britain’s Schindler. Alive and well at over 100, Sir Nicholas is still diffident about why he kept his secret for so long. He also is an immensely compelling symbol of how the caring of one man can truly make a difference.
Cost: $9/Adults, $7/Seniors, Military, Students, $6/Circle Cinema Members
To read The New York Times review of this “enthralling” movie, please click here.
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art recently launched the Kinder-Stone Project™ to commemorate children who perished during the Holocaust. Approximately six million Jews were killed by the end of World War II by the Nazis and over one million were estimated to be under the age of 18 at the time of their deaths. Children were often among the first victims sent to their deaths since they were considered non-productive and also symbolized the continued Jewish existence.
Utilizing the central database of survivor’s names at Yad Vashem (the world center for Holocaust research, education, documentation and commemoration) in Jerusalem, the Museum is providing to each touring student a stone bearing the name and age of a child who died. Student visitors then decorate the stones which will become a permanent part of the Community Garden at our partner agency the Jewish Federation. The SMMJA has begun the Kinder-Stone Project™ on a limited, trial basis this spring and student response has been positive. One eleventh-grade student from East Central High School said, “I want to make sure that I really get this right. I want to respect her memory and don’t ever want this to happen to another kid again.”
The Museum works closely with educators in public and private middle and high schools, as well as professors at area universities, to organize group tours that relate to art, Holocaust, and history curriculum. As part of the Any Given Child program that begins in Fall 2013, the Museum will host every seventh grade student from Tulsa Public Schools. These approximately 3,000 students will not only have completed a curriculum developed collaboratively by the Museum and the Council for Holocaust Education but will also participate in a docent-led tour of the Holocaust exhibit. Following a recent tour led by a survivor, a student evaluation said, “Thank you for telling us your stories so that we and future generations can know them. To know history is very important to me as through it, we can know our past and the mistakes of others. We…can know…so that we can prevent these horrible things from happening.”
The Kinder-Stone Project™ will be incorporated into every Any Given Child tour, as well as every tour for area schools and civic groups, resulting in approximately 5,000 completed memorial stones within the first 18 months.