Evening to Remember, in Commemoration of 50 Years of the SMMJA
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.
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.
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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
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.