Archive for the ‘Past’ Category

 

Theodore Fried: Pivotal Moments in 20th Century Art

Monday, May 19th, 2014

June 8  – September 7, 2014 • Born at the beginning of an era in both art and politics, Theodore Fried was a talented young artist whose career intersected with the major movements in modern art during the 20th century. From Paris in the 1920s to New York after WWII, Fried was a member of the School of Paris and the Society of Modern Painters and Sculptors in New York. The survival of his talent and vision continued in New York. After his safe arrival in 1942, Fried established a studio and began to rebuild a body of American works. Exploring subject matter in the City-Central Park, neighborhood life, Fried began to show his modern paintings in contemporary exhibitions, garnering fresh recognition of his figurative works and color compositions. Following his death, he appointed a trust to perpetuate his work, and in 2004, the SMMJA received his estate. Now mounting the first extensive retrospective of his work, this original, self-curated show will demonstrate how Fried’s work and life bridged the Holocaust experience and encompassed early to mid-20th century fine art, drawing from the large collection of original art work and other archival material.

To download the exhibit catalogue for this original show, click here.

 

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.

 

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.