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On View: All the Jewish Art You Need to See This Week, November 10th Edition

Habitats in Omaha, folk tales in San Francisco, a diary in Krakow

Alexandra Pucciarelli
November 10, 2017
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Reproduction of the Prague GolemWikimedia Commons
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Reproduction of the Prague GolemWikimedia Commons

Each week, the Scroll highlights upcoming exhibits, performances, and cultural events around the country.


The Jewish Art Salon of Southern California is participating in the third Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art this fall. One of the works on display is the installation Salt Mound by Bruria Finkel, which forces the viewer to confront the detioration of the Dead Sea. Catch this exhibit before it closes next week. (Through Nov. 16, tickets 46 NIS.)

The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art’s exhibit Conservation Secrets: the Search for Truth through Restoration and Rejuvenation focuses on the museum’s impressive conservation program, which started as a studio and school for wood conservation. This exhibit examines the ethical questions around the restoration process, such as, ‘Can art still be authentic when it is removed from its original context?’ (Through Feb. 28, 2018, free admission.)

Krakow, Poland

The Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto opened this summer at the Galicia Jewish Museum. In 1945, a Soviet doctor found the diary of teenage girl Rywka Lipszyc in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. Lipszyc’s diary tells the story of a life and adolescence in the Łódź Ghetto, and it is the starting point for this exhibit, which also includes unique historical artifacts and documents from museums in Poland, the United States, Israel, Germany, and Belgium. (Through March 31, 2018, tickets 16 Zloty.)

London, England

In celebration of Sukkot, the Jewish Museum of London transformed their welcome gallery into a Sukkah installation. Sukkot: Seeking Shelter, from the celebrated design team of Alan Farlie and Tom Piper, takes its inspiration from the work of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The installation encourages visitors to explore the idea of the sukkah in the context of today’s world, where millions are in need of shelter. (Through Dec. 3, tickets £8.50.)

New York

In October the GOLEM in Brooklyn international group show opened at the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery. This exhibit contains the works of 20 artists who explore the legend of the Golem, a mysterious figure in Jewish folklore, with a special emphasis on the Golem of Prague. (Through December 15, free admission.)

The Derfner Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home of Riverdale is presenting Chuck Fishman: Roots, Resilience and Renewal—A Portrait of Polish Jews, 1975–2016. This exhibit is made up of 36 black-and-white photographs taken during Fishman’s trips to Poland over a period of more than 40 years, first as a young college student and later as a professional photojournalist. He first traveled to Poland in the summer of 1975, in search of what remained of Jewish life and culture 30 years after the Holocaust. These trips resulted in several books about the Polish Jews. (Through Jan. 7, 2018, free admission.)

Omaha, Nebraska

The JCC of Omaha’s November exhibit is Dwellings & Highlights by Fiber Works. For the exhibit, Fiber Works artists were challenged to make works inspired by any type of habitat, and also to include a small yellow highlight in their pieces. There will be an opening reception on Nov. 12. (Through Nov. 30, free admission.)

San Francisco

The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibit Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid presents 16 new works by contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggid, they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. (Through Jan. 28, 2018, tickets $14.

Is there an event or exhibit in your area we should know about? Email [email protected] with the details and a link.

Alexandra Pucciarelli is an editorial intern at Tablet.