Chicago Jewish Historical Society

Art Exhibition and Discussion

 
Sunday, August18 
2:00 pm 
 
Members of the Jewish Artists Collective-Chicago will present and discuss their work and Jewish art in Chicago today.  
 

Expressions of Defiance

Ten JACC member artists will participate in an exhibit in the Reynolds Whitney Art Gallery at NIU, entitled Expressions of Defiance. The exhibit will coincide with, and relate thematically to the NIU presentation of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín.  JAC-C artists’ media will include painting, printmaking, fiber art, sculpture and installation.

DEFIANT REQUIEM: AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
3:00 pm Sunday, April 28, 2019
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
Music Building
Northern Illinois University
550 Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115
Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
Murry Sidlin, creator & guest conductor

 Purchase Tickets in advance here:  $10/adult, $5/student. 

The signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”

Music, Art and Words

Chimera Loft
2948 Central Street
Evanston, IL

February 15 to March 31, 2019 
Opening reception: Friday, February 15, 7 to 9 p.m.

Judith Joseph is showing her latest woodblock prints in a three-artists exhibit at 
Chimera Loft Gallery, Evanston, Illinois.  The other two artists are Ruti Modlin and Marcia Babler.

Dimitri Pavlotsky - Let the Game Come to You

See Dimitri's live painting performance at Orbit Gallery
Orbit Gallery, 1350 W. Erie Street is pleased to present Let the Game Come to You, an exhibition of process paintings by Dimitri Pavlotsky. Pavlotsky is known in the Chicagoland area for his expressive and passionate renderings on canvas, which oftentimes evoke a deep and powerful response from the viewer.

Opening reception: Friday, November 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with artist’s remarks beginning at 7:00 p.m.

The artist joined by musician, Brad Robin will collaborate in an interpretive live painting and music performance on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. 

Orbit Gallery
1350 W. Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois

Dimitri Pavlotsky - Variable Views

Variable Views

Dimitri Pavlotsky is showing his latest acrylic portraits in a three artists exhibit at Gallery Studio Oh! - "Variable Views".
The other two artists are Piotr Antonow and Mercedes Cardenas. 
 
Opening reception: Friday, October 5, 6-9 pm.
On view through November 10.
 
Please take a note that Studio Oh! has moved to a new location in Ravenswood:
4839 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

What We Carry at Janice Charach Gallery

What We Carry // June 3 - July 12, 2018 
Opening Reception: Sunday June 3, 1pm - 4pm
 
Main Floor 
Group Show //JACC— Jewish Artist Collective Chicago 
The Collective began when 12 local artists were chosen by the Spertus Institute in Chicago to participate in the regional Midwest Artists Lab. The year-long residency included sessions of study with noted scholars, access to the Spertus Museum archives of art, artifacts and library, as well as critiques of our artistic process. The residency culminated in a group exhibition at the Spertus Museum with the theme of Wisdom. Through interaction and discussion, the artists found cohesion in their desire to express the complexity of their individual and inherited histories. This group exhibition centers on personal, spiritual and societal explorations of the Jewish ancestral collective unconscious. Equally, the artists apply their Judaic studies to a modern world with a contemporary idiom. The range of interpretations and approaches by the artists is uniquely engaging. 

Book of Psalms - A Companion

West Suburban Temple Har Zion
1040 N. Harlem
River Forest, IL

Sunday, March 3
Following kiddush

A presentaton of Berit Engen's tapestries inspired by the Psalms.

Shabbat Shirah - Shabbat of Song

Shabbat Shirah - Shabbat of Song
Friday, January 26, 6:30 pm
 
A Collaboration between
Cantor Julie Yugend-Green and artist Berit Engen:
"THE SONG OF THE SEA -- and a Man with a plan" 

1235 N. Harlem
Oak Park, IL 60302


We will celebrate Shabbat in song and art!  Artist Berit Engen will present her series of six miniature linen yarn tapestries which dramatize the story of the Israelites fleeing the Egyptians, celebrating in song and dance led by Miriam the Prophetess.
 

Family Ties as Inspiration for Art

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 

Reception:  Sunday, December 3,1:00 – 3:00 pm
Exhibit Dates:  November 5, 2017- January 7, 2018

Family Ties as Inspiration for Art resulted from the Artists Beit Midrash, a course of text study and art discussion with support from the Gertrude Lederman Family Continuing Education program.  The class was taught by artist Judith Joseph and Jane Shapiro, faculty member at Orot:  Center for New Jewish Learning.

Every Single Line Required

KRUG Art Gallery
1400 S. Wolf Rd. Suite 100
Wheeling, IL 60090

Dates of Exhibit: December 3 - December 30, 2017
Opening reception: December 3, 6- 9 pm, conversation with the artist at 7 pm

Drawn and painted characters by Dimitri Pavlotsky.
 

The Most Beautiful Modim - A Prayer of Thanksgiving

Emanul Congregation
5959 N. Sheridan, Chicago

Sunday, November 19 at 10:15 a.m.

A presentation of eleven miniature tapestries, created by artist Berit Engen and inspired by the musical setting to “Modim” composed by Cantor David Brandhandler (Trondheim, Norway, 1913 - Skokie, IL, 2016)

Far From the Front Lines / Artistic Dialog Beyond Borders

Evanston Art Center
1717 Central Street 
Evanston, IL 
 
September 7 to October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 2017,  6 - 8 p.m. 

Gabriella Boros, Susan Dickman, Ellen Holtzblatt and Judith Joseph were selected to participate in this exhibition, curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan, which brings together twenty-two North American contemporary artists responding to the call to create art about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As in many mediums, perspective derives from distance; being far away opens up a natural space for new viewpoints.  Artists who are Far From the Front Lines have created an opportunity for artful dialog beyond borders. It allows both the audience and the artists themselves to actively promote meaningful change in our minds, where all borders ultimately reside.   

American Guild of Judaic Art Group Exhibition

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
2021 East 71st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma

July 6 – September 17 2017 

Melanie Dankowicz is exhibiting with the American Guild of Judaic Art, an international organization for those with interests in the Judaic arts and dedicated to the promotion of Jewish art and culture in society. Their mission is to celebrate the rich diversity and sacred beauty of Judaic Art around world, and establish a community for those who are inspired to fulfill the commandment of Hiddur Mitzvah by creating, collecting and exhibiting Jewish Art.