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Chicago - Saturday, December 1, 2007

Gleaming new building houses Chicago Jewish museum
By John DeBaun
Chicago - The public museum at the Spertus Institute, a longtime center for Jewish studies and programs in Chicago, is getting a big boost this weekend with its reopening in a new $55 million building that adds another architectural gem to Chicago's lakefront.

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Chicago - Thursday, November 29, 2007

Art stars of David
There isn’t a Chagall in sight in the “new” Spertus Museum’s first show.
By Lauren Weinberg
Time Out Chicago
Chicago - There’s an old joke that says, “Two Jews, three opinions.” The 16 Jews in “The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation” present significantly more than 24—hardly surprising when you consider their diverse perspectives. Most were born in the 1960s or 1970s, but their levels of Jewish education and affiliation vary: A few grew up in observant families; others have a non-Jewish parent; a couple are converts. Some are people of color. Several are from Chicago, but the majority live in Los Angeles, New York City or Europe. Some engage Jewish concerns or values directly; others don’t seem to address religion or ethnicity at all. Senior curator Staci Boris explains that this multicultural, eclectic assemblage is exactly what she wanted for the inaugural exhibition at the Spertus Museum’s new facility. “It needed to explore American-Jewish identity in the 21st century,” she says. “What does it mean to be Jewish today?”

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Chicago - Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spertus now showcase from top to bottom
10-story Institute of Jewish Studies draws visitors inside
By William Mullen, Tribune staff reporter
Chicago Tribune
Chicago - It used to be that you had to look pretty carefully at the buildings in the 600 block of South Michigan Avenue if you wanted to find the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, housed in a nondescript little office building next to a vacant lot. Officials of the 82-year-old institution expect to be noticed a lot more now that they have moved into an eye-popping new glass-fronted, 10-story headquarters at 610 S. Michigan Ave., site of the former vacant lot.

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