Current Museum Exhibits
Synagogues of Cuba
August 19, 2016 –
Pop-up photography exhibition depicting life in the Jewish community of Cuba today.
MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
(Core Exhibit - Ongoing)
More than 500 photos and artifacts depict the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763, reflecting a thematic presentation of immigration, community development, discrimination, earning a living, acculturation and identity. Personal artifacts, films, photos, timeline and contemporary art attract a universal audience by telling the universal story of immigration as the example of the acculturation process of every family and provide an engaging, up close museum experience. The Museum is housed in two former synagogues that served as the first congregation on Miami Beach. The primary building is a restored 1936 Art Deco building with a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows. The second building is the original 1929 shul. The skylighted Bessie's Bistro connects the two buildings.
HOT COUTURE: Florida Jewish on the Fashion Scene,1880s to Today
An original exhibition created by the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU On display
December 19, 2016 – November 5, 2017
Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene spans the spectrum from designing and manufacturing to dressing and influencing the local and international scene in all types of clothing from beachwear to ball gowns. The exhibition includes women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, handbags and notions to ancillary services such as fashion photography, law, advertising and design labs. Featuring everything from iconic brands to unique wearable art, bikinis and belts made out of local snakeskins, climate-influenced golf shirts and stay-dry fabrics and even Florida furs, this exhibition explores the inspiration and tradition that has guided the creative forces behind Florida’s fashion industry for generations and the pride and craftsmanship that defines them.
EVIL: A Matter of Intent
April 19, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Evil is not a cosmic accident. It does not just happen. Natural disasters happen. Disease, drought, accidents and epidemics happen. Evil is not a concept, rather it is a deliberate action or inaction. It is defined as a selfish act or behavior with the intent to benefit one’s self or one’s interests, irrespective of harm to others and without responsibility or remorse. The human capacity for evil, from biblical antiquity to present day is constant. The artists included in this exhibition address with clarity and passion the many faces of inhumanity, using an international visual language to challenge the concepts of heroes and villains. Reflecting diverse backgrounds, nationalities, faiths and mediums, the artists in this exhibition engage us in their search for understanding. Their art is a forum for remembering, expressing outrage and exerting a call to action. As they depict acts of evil intent on their consequences, these artists challenge us to reflect on our own responsibility today. An original exhibit on loan from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York