International Survey of Jewish Monuments

Museum and Gallery Exhibitions

Compiled for the International Survey of Jewish Monuments by Samuel Gruber. Please e-mail any listings.


    Before the Flame Goes Out

A project to document the material, cultural and historical essence of the Romaniote (Greek) Jewish communiites in Ioannina, Greece and New York, USA. The ongoing project, created and directed by Vincent Giordano, consists of high-quality still photography, motion picture film, and audio, recording the synagogues and thier art, the congregations, and the life stories of the congregants who have managed to maintain their traditions for millenia. ISJM has been the primary sponsor of this project since 2002. More...

    Jews in America: Our Story
    Center for Jewish History

In September 1654, 23 Jews from Recife, Brazil, fleeing the Portuguese Inquisition, landed in the harbor of New Amsterdam (later to become New York City). They were not the first Jews to set foot in North America, but the group's success in obtaining official permission to remain in the colony set a precedent for other Jews who followed in their footsteps. Two out of the 23 refugees stayed and planted the seeds of what would become the first American Jewish community.This web site tells the story of how that community grew. It is a portrait of American Jews— and a portrait of America. More...

    Virtual zemlyanka
    Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation  (starts May 1, 2005)

A web site will allow visitors to tour a virtual zemlyanka, a type of underground bunker in which Jewish resistance fighters lived during the Holocaust — guided by narration from Larry King. “We all know what Anne Frank’s attic looks like,” said Mitch Braff, executive director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation, but the living conditions of partisans were much different. In the zemlyanka depicted on the site, “there were five Jewish youth plotting to actively fight the Germans and biding their time until they could face their enemy in more favorable conditions.More...

BERLIN, (Germany)
    Art in Auschwitz 1940-1945
    The Judaicum Center in Berlin`s New Synagogue  (May 31 - August 14, 2005)

A German exhibit in Berlin, featuring 170 works of art made by prisoners at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The Judaicum Center in Berlin`s New Synagogue is hosting Art in Auschwitz 1940-1945, that features previously unseen art, including landscapes, caricatures and portraits created by prisoners at the camp. The exhibit is to remain at the center until Aug. 14, when it will be moved to the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück to be shown Sept. 4-Oct. 16.

BERLIN, (Germany)
    The New Hebrews. A Century of Art in Israel
    Martin-Gropius-Bau  (May 20 - September 5, 2005)

The New Hebrews – A Century of Art in Israel tells the story of modern Israeli culture from its emergence around a century ago up to the present day. The exhibition presents visions of a new cultural entity that, in spite of its links with the Jewish distant past, is by no means identical with traditional traits of the Jewish Diaspora. It begins in the early 20th century well before 1948, when the State of Israel was founded More...

BERLIN, (Germany)
    Jewish Identity in Contemporary Architecture
    Jewish Museum Berlin  (March 3 - May 29, 2005)

Focusing on seventeen buildings, the exhibitions provides an international overview of architectural projects for Jewish institutions at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries, among them designs and buildings which have attracted worldwide attention by architects such as Frank O. Gehry, Moshe Safdie, Mario Botta, and Daniel Libeskind. "Sukkah", Libeskind's design for the roofing of the courtyard at the Jewish Museum Berlin will be displayed for the first time at this exhibition. More...

    Adapting to America: Six Synagogues and Their Stories:
    Boston Center for Jewish Heritage  (through October 15, 2005)

At the invitation of The Bostonian Society, the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage presents a landmark exhibit, called Adapting to America: Six Synagogues and Their Stories, at the Old State House Museum, corner Washington and State Streets. The first portion of the exhibit presents the Vilna Shul and objects of great beauty from its collection. The traditional synagogue roles in the Jewish community are highlighted: House of Learning, House of Worship, and House of Community. The second part of the exhibit relates the histories of five other local immigrant-era synagogues and their present-day uses - museum, theater, churches, and synagogue. More...

    From Haven to Home: Marking 350 Years of Jewish Life in America

A colonial etrog container that started life as a mustard pot. A 1883 "treif menu" from the banquet marking the graduation of rabbis from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Those are some of the more offbeat of the 350 items on display in "From Haven to Home: Marking 350 Years of Jewish Life in America," which is traveling the country during this anniversary year.

    Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South
    Jewish Museum of Florida  (April 15 - August 14, 2005)

When people ponder Jewish life in America, they tend to think about big cities—New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. The South rarely comes to mind. Shalom Y'all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South unearths little-known aspects of contemporary Jewish America, vividly recording the heroic, funny and sometimes tragic experiences of a people who have long settled in the Bible Belt. This traveling exhibition of more than 40 black-and-white photographs is based on the book "Shalom Y'all – Images of Jewish Life in the American South" by Bill Aron and Vicki Reikes Fox. The exhibit is a celebration of what it means to be Jewish and Southern and all the contradictions that it entails. More...

    Starting Over: The Experience of German Jews in America, 1830-1945
    Leo Baeck Institute  (opening on May 17, 2005)

Starting Over: The Experience of German Jews in America, 1830-1945, will contribute to broader theme of Jewish experience in America with photos, letters, documents, sketches, paintings, maps, medals and other rare artifacts of German-Jews who settled across the United States. Many documents will be on view for the first time. More...

    Tolerance and Identity: Jews in Early New York, 1654-1825
    The Museum of the City of New York  (May 10 - October 2, 2005)

Tolerance and Identity investigates a quintessentially New York topic: the story of an immigrant community navigating its identity within the context of a pluralistic society. Emboldened by ideals of religious tolerance first articulated by the Dutch, New York's Jews gained the right to participate fully in the city's political, economic, and social life while maintaining their own identity. Through original documents, artifacts, and portraits, the exhibition brings into focus the power of New York's tradition of tolerance to create opportunity. More...

    ‘Greetings from Home’: 350 Years of American Jewish Life
    The American Jewish Historical Society - Center for Jewish History   (May 17 - September 20, 2005)

Featuring more than 200 rare and remarkable items, many of which are displayed for the first time, ‘Greetings from Home’ tells the story of the American Jewish experience by organizing it around two inherent tensions in American Jewish life. First, American Jews face the challenge of maintaining a distinct Jewish religious and cultural identity while participating fully in the broader American civil community. Secondly, they must balance their sense of being “at home” in America while maintaining connections to the “old country” and (in more recent times) the international Jewish community, especially Israel. More...

    New York - City of Refuge, Stories from the Last 60 Years
    Museum of Jewish Heritage  (September 14, 2004 - July 4, 2005)

More than a refuge for world Jewry, New York City has been a setting for Jewish renewal. It has played a crucial role in the development of the lives of thousands of Jewish refugees since World War II. As part of the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the arrival of Jews in America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage -A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is mounting a special exhibition to tell this special New York story. More...

    Ours to Fight For: American Jews During the Second World War
    Museum of Jewish Heritage  (through December, 2005)

The inaugural exhibition for the Robert M. Morgenthau wing, Ours To Fight For: American Jews in the Second World War was named the grand-prize winner of the Excellence in Exhibition Competition at the American Association of Museums Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Citing the exhibition's use of the first-person narrative, the judges felt this approach engaged museum visitors and allowed them to make connections with the experiences of soldiers 60 years ago and troops serving today. Launch this exhibition online

    Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak
    The Jewish Museum  (April 15 - August 14, 2005)

The Jewish Museum will present Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak, a major exhibition exploring the prolific career of the renowned illustrator and author, from April 15 through August 14, 2005. Best known for children’s classics such as Where the Wild Things Are (1963) and In the Night Kitchen (1970), Maurice Sendak is an award-winning, multifaceted illustrator and author whose work also includes set and costume design for opera and ballet. Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak is the largest exhibition of his work in over a decade, and one of the largest ever mounted.

    The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons
    The Jewish Museum  (March 4 - July 10, 2005)

The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and their Salons examines the significant role played by the salons of Jewish women in the development of art, literature, music, theater, philosophy, and politics in Europe and America from the late 18th century through the 1940's. More...

PARIS, (France)
    Josef Breitenbach - Visages de l'exil: Munich, Paris, New York, 1933-1945
    Memorial de la Shoah   (May 18 - September 11, 2005)

Photographe et homme engagé, Josef Breitenbach illustre par son oeuvre toutes les étapes du parcours de l'exilé allemand fuyant les persécutions raciales et politiques du régime nazi. More...

PARIS, (France)
    The Deported Artists of Montparnasse
    Musee de Montparnasse   (May 12 - October 2, 2005)

An exhibit entitled The Deported Artists of Montparnasse opened at the Musee de Montparnasse, which pays homage to the numerous artists deported from the neighborhood between 1941 and 1945. Over 150 works and documents will be featured, most by Jewish artists who came to Paris from Russia, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia and Greece, including Soutine, Jean Moulin, Robert Desnos, Violette Rougier Le Cocq, Hans Bellmer, Otto Wols and Max Ernst. More...

PARIS, (France)
    The Forgotten Women of Buchenwald
    Mémorial du Maréchal Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris Musée Jean Moulin   (April - July, 2005)

At the Musee Jean Moulin, an exhibit opened at the end of April called The Forgotten Women of Buchenwald, which is the first exhibit dedicated to the 30,000 women — Jews, Gypsies, Catholics, Communists and other political enemies of Nazism — who were deported to Buchenwald after June 1944. More...

PRAGUE (The Czech Republic)
    "Since then I have believed in fate…" Transports of Protectorate Jews to the Baltic States, 1942
    The Jewish Museum in Prague  (April 14 - July 10, 2005)

The exhibition Transports of Protectorate Jews to the Baltic States deals with the transport trains that were dispatched from the Terezín ghetto before 26 October 1942, when deportations to Auschwitz began. More...

    Scents of Purpose: Artists Interpret the Spice Box
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum  (May 4 - September 5, 2005)

In the longstanding tradition of the Museum, the Invitational encourages artists of all backgrounds from around the country to make us think afresh by creating original interpretations of traditional Jewish ritual objects using a variety of media. This year, the spice box (or besamim) box takes center stage. More...

ST KILDA (Australia)
    Intersections : Reading the Space
    Jewish Museum of Australia  (April 5 - June 19, 2005)

Ground breaking cross cultural exhibition featuring the work of three women artists dealing with femaleness; cultural origins; faith and art: Irene Barberis, Australian and Christian; Jane Logemann, American Jewish and Parastou Forouhar, an Iranian Muslim living in Germany. More...

TROYES (France)
    RASHI and the Jews of Troyes during the Middle-Ages
    Mediatheque de l'Agglomeration Troyenne  (June 4 - September 4, 2005)

The exhibition to commemorate 900th anniversary of RASHI's death.

    Jewish Costumes in the Ottoman Empire
    Washington DC Jewish Community Center  (starts March 10, 2005) More informations...

    Through the Lens: Jeremy Goldberg's Washington
    Tifereth Israel Congregation  (April 3, 2005 - June 30, 2005)

A new exhibit at Tifereth Israel Congregation, explores the migration of the Jewish community in Washington, D.C. through its historic buildings. The exhibit, a joint project of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington (JHSGW ) and Tifereth Israel Congregation, is built around photographs taken by Tifereth Israel congregant Jeremy Goldberg (1941-2002). More ...

    Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community
    The National Building Museum  (June 24, 2004 - January 8, 2006)

The National Building Museum and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington are partnering to present the first exhibition to explore the rich and unique history of the Washington-area Jewish community from its beginnings in 1795 to the present. More ...

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