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.
Please join us on Sunday evening, October 26, 2014 at The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art for an evening of honoring the past and building a future at this year’s premier fundraising event the Building Bash. The festivities this year will honor Lori and Michael A. Cohen and Deana and Michael G. Maloney for their leadership and dedication to the Museum. Thanks to their generosity, the new entrance and gallery dedication in memory of Mildred and Julius Sanditen will be the first expansion to the building since the grand opening on Zarrow Campus. The grand opening of the new Sanditen Gallery will feature the exhibit Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves.
Fans of both Fine Art Photography and Star Trek legend will be thrilled with this acclaimed photographic exhibition of Leonard Nimoy: Secret Selves. Nurturing his artistic interest in hidden identities, volunteer subjects were invited in photography sessions to reveal their secret selves, whether by costume, pose, or attitude. The resulting portraits are the Secret Selves exhibit.
Mr. Nimoy will make a rare appearance as the keynote speaker for the evening via Skype. The Building Bash is being headed up this year by Chair Sallye Mann and Patron Chair Susan Fenster. Your patronage and participation is critical to the success of this event, supporting one-third of our operating budget and making ambitious educational and programming goals possible. Each year, the number of visitors touring The Miller increases. Museum attendance will exceed 12,000 in 2014, three times the number of visitors just 10 years ago. The Museum looks forward to greeting you and your guests at our Building Bash.
If you would like patron information or have any questions, please contact Melissa Schnur, Museum Development Director at 918.492.1818.
The first ever Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival (OJFF) makes its debut Sunday, October 19-Thursday, October 23. Conceived as a partnership between Circle Cinema, the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, the OJFF is a five-day celebration of Jewish Film.
“Our goal for the first ever Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival was to select quality films ranging from comedies to dramas to documentaries that would entertain and engage a broad audience,” said Drew Diamond, Executive Director.
Tickets are $10 per film, with the exception of Return of the Violin which are $15 and include the reception immediately before the showing. Tickets are available at Circle Cinema or online at www.circlecinema.com; tickets will also be on sale at the door prior to each screening.
Click here to download a film festival brochure.
In 2012 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Israel Quilters Association put out a call to artists world-wide to attend the conference and to enter a quilt to be shown in an exhibit to be held during the conference. The exhibit, titled The Many Faces of Jerusalem, was exhibited on the BYU campus on the Mount of Olives, and is coming to the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in October 2014.
The Quilts chose Jerusalem for its international, multicultural character. The Capital of Israel, Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. People of many ethnic groups, nationalities and religions live together nestled among the history, architecture, and legends that span thousands of years. The Israel Quilts Association invited artists to enter quilts in this exhibit; quilts that expressed their ideas, hopes, memories, and dreams of Jerusalem. The result is a multicolored and multicultural feast for the eyes; the textiles of dream.
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.
Tulsa Jewish Film Series —Our Films Aren’t Selected …They’re Chosen!
Film: The Sturgeon Queens: • Sun., June 29 • 1pm• Circle Cinema (12 South Lewis Ave)
For nearly 100 years, people have made the trek to New York City’s Lower East Side to buy smoked herring and lox at the famed Russ and Daughters emporium. Four generations of the Russ family have kept the iconic store afloat – from patriarch and founder Joel Russ, who left the store in his daughters’ hands, to the present owners, his great-grandchildren, who struggle to bring the little store into the 21st Century. THE STURGEON QUEENS is the deliciously charming true story of one immigrant family’s experience in America. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on Circle Cinema’s website. However, please RSVP to Mindy at 918.495.1100 or email@example.com to let us know you will be attending the movie, as THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL TREAT FROM RUSS AND DAUGHTERS FOLLOWING THE FILM!
Tulsa Jewish Film Series —Our Films Aren’t Selected …They’re Chosen! Film: The German Doctor • Thurs., May 15 • 7 p.m. • Circle Cinema (12 South Lewis Ave) • Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring the German doctor to justice. Mengele was considered to be one of WWII’s most heinous Nazi war criminals. Please note that this movie is not recommended for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ordered online at www.circlecinema.com/tickets. Cost: $9/Adults; $7/Seniors, Students, Military; $6/Circle Cinema Members.
Join us for the third film in the partnership between Circle Cinema, Jewish Federation of Tulsa and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider. Avner served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Tickets can be purchased at the door- Adults: $9, Seniors/Student/Military $7, Circle Member: $6.
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.