RIFA: Sky & Water Paintings
August 28 - December 30, 2012
Museum was pleased to exhibit Tobi Kahn’s remarkable series of
thirty-three Sky & Water paintings on its Concourse level. Visible
throughout the Museum’s atrium, the installation was a sublime
reflection of Kahn’s lifelong engagement with art and nature and his
passion for exploring the correspondence between the intimate and the
monumental. As Kahn has stated, his aim is “to encounter the ineffable
God in both splendor and intimacy.”
An artist who “breathed
new life” into abstract painting according to the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Tobi Kahn’s work has been shown in over 40 solo exhibitions and over 60
museum and group shows since he was selected as one of nine artists in
the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New Horizons in American Art.
His paintings and sculptural masterpieces can be found in major museum,
corporate, and private collections, as well as public spaces such as
chapels and synagogues.
Click here for more information about Tobi Kahn.
May 6 - August 19, 2012
Conversations explores, through photographs by artists Alina and Jeff
Bliumis , how we define our identities. The artists focused on
Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, home to a large Russian Jewish
immigrant community. They set up their camera on the boardwalk and
invited passers-by to chat and eventually choose words that described
their identities. The photographs that resulted suggest how we grapple
with the complexities of heritage and homeland. This exhibit is
presented in association with Jewish American Heritage month and
features photographs as well as an opportunity for Museum visitors to
participate in the conversation by taking their own identity snapshots.
and Jeff Bliumis are New York-based artists who aim to take
contemporary art out of the gallery and into communities, where they
create a kind of art/research laboratory in the public sphere. They
have received support from the Six Points Fellowship, the Foundation for
Contemporary Arts, the Franklin Furnace Fund, and the Puffin
Alina and Jeff Bliumis received support from
the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, a partnership of
Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish Culture, as well
as major funding from UJA-Federation of New York.
Click here for images from the exhibition.
To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington & Religious Freedom
June 29 - September 30, 2012
Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom explores
the faith and freedom in early America and features the historic
correspondence between the nation's first president and the Jewish
community of Newport, Rhode Island. A Stunning constellation of
artifacts tells this story about the foundation of religious liberty - a
story with Philadelphia roots and national relevance.
Click here to visit nmajh.org/religiousfreedom
In Praise of a Dream
February 1-April 22, 2012
The presentation of seven dramatic, large-format images from photographer Tal Shochat’s series, In Praise of a Dream, transported visitors to an idealized garden of fruit trees while inaugurating an exciting new exhibit space on the Museum’s Concourse level. Impeccably pruned and photographed against a black backdrop, Shochat’s trees—all photographed in Israel—have been disembodied from their natural surroundings, yet each stands lush with fruit and in dream-like perfection. At the same time, the trees invoke questions of rootedness, about Jews’ millennial history as a Diaspora people and their relationships to the homelands in which they have chosen to settle. Shochat's photographs also serve as a dramatic reminder of human responsibilities to the environment in which we live.
These prints were first exhibited in the Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York, which represents the artist. Tal Shochat (b. 1974) is a noted photographer and teacher in Israel and has had solo shows at Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv, Herzliya Museum of Art and Haifa Museum of Art. Her work is in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Shpilman Institute of Photography, Tel Aviv.
In Praise of a Dream opened February 1 and helped the Museum usher in Tu B’Shevat (the Festival of Trees). It ran through April 22, Earth Day.
Photo credit: Rimon (Pomegranate), 2010, C-Print