Take an in-depth look at the lives and careers of artists of Jewish heritage and find out more about their place in the history of the visual arts.
100 Jewish Artists
This JAE program is an overview of artworks by Jewish Artists who did not fit into earlier categories. It tells the stories of this unique and special culture through artworks from many different artists.
The Art of Marc Chagall: The Early Years
The Art of Marc Chagall is a survey of the life and art of this quintessential Jewish artist. From paintings to prints to stained glass and tapestries, Chagall created an amazing world of fantasy and reality. See why this painting, I And The Village was so important to him and to the world! The Art of Marc Chagall is an overview from East European village (shtetl) to world-renowned artist.
Chagall’s Jerusalem Windows
“This is my modest gift to the Jewish people who have always dreamt of biblical love, friendship, and of peace among all peoples. This is my gift to that
people which lived here thousands of years agonamong the other Semitic people.”
Marc Chagall, February 6, 1962 This JAE program depicts the richness of Chagall’s
interpretation of the symbols of the 12. Tribes of Israel.
Part I: East Wall (Reuben, Simeon, Levi) & South Wall (Judah, Zebulun, Issachar)
Part II : West Wall (Dan, Gad, Asher) & North Wall (Naphtali, Joseph, Benjamin)
The Art of Modigliani explores the remarkable life and artworks of this Italian-Sephardic Jewish artist. His brief life left a legacy of intellectual bravado, brilliant art, and a mysterious death. A melodramatic and romantic legend has grown up about him, yet his art endures as pure genius.
Jewish Women Artists
This program examines the various art forms created by female painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Their art reflects their unique life experiences and displays concern for aesthetic issues and social equality. They reacted to the culture and the times in which they lived. It surveys the 19 th and 20 th centuries of Jewish female creativity in the visual arts.
This program presents photographers who are unique in their response to the mainstream culture. It focuses on the origins and development of photography by Jewish men and women practitioners from the 19 th century forward. Their photographs reflect the conditions of their lives and that of the worldwide Jewish community.
Jewish Roots of Modern American Star-chitects
This presentation highlights the background and Work of nine (9) Jewish architects who have designed well-known buildings within the United States and around the world. (Richard Neutra, Victor Gruen, Louis Kahn, Max Abramovitz, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Denise Scott Brown, Moshe Safdie, and Daniel Libeskind)
The Art of Pissarro
These programs survey the long and productive life and paintings of JACOB CAMILLE PISSARRO. He was called the “Father of Impressionism” for his knowledge and support of those artists. In his paintings, he explored many subjects and a variety of aesthetic approaches. He always glorified the landscapes and the people in his works and said that he saw “Beauty in spots where others see nothing.” (1893)
Marc Chagall’s Biblical Images
This program series examines the series of etchings that Chagall created based on Biblical stories. He worked on this series from 1931 to 1956. Chagall used varied etching techniques to capture multiple textures.
Part I: The Creation of Humans
(To Joshua Before Jericho)
Part II: Elijah’s Vision (To King David)
Part III: The Ark Carried to Jerusalem
(To The Calling of Ezekiel-Book of Kings)
Lichtenstein made commercial art into Fine art by meticulously painting the dots of the printing process. He was the quintessential “POP” Artist of the mid-20 th c., assuring him a legacy in the annals of art history. These five Lichtenstein programs are from the exhibition at the 2012 Lichtenstein retrospective.
This program surveys the varied aesthetic styles and paintings of Reuven Rubin. Born in Romania, he studied in Paris and was influenced by the tenets of Modernism. In the 1920s, he moved to Eretz (The Land of) Israel and created native Israeli art. He celebrated the hopes and values of Israel and its people.
Mordecai Ardon was born in Galicia (now Poland) and studied with Paul Klee at the Bauhaus in Germany during the 1920s. He immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1933. He painted the landscape as a mystical and luminescent experience and paid homage to Jerusalem. He used symbols to memorialize those lost during the Holocaust and was one of Israel’s greatest painters.
Jewish Artists & WWII
This program offers an overview of Jewish painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers as they reacted to the events of World War II. It looks at the works of artists who were born in America, emigrated, or found refuge here. Whether they used a documentary or symbolic approach, focused inward or raged with fierce anger, these artists were not complacent about the events of their day. You will be introduced you to some rarely seen artworks.