Current Museum Exhibits
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 Gallery connects the two buildings.
Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist
October 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
This exhibition celebrates the remarkable life, vision and heroic tenacity of this 20th century pioneer and trailblazer, Ruth Gruber, born in Brooklyn on September 30, 1911. Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world at age 20, before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist. Photographs included in the show span more than 50 years and four continents, from Gruber’s groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Artic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees on the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. A selection of Gruber’s vintage prints never before exhibited will be presented along with contemporary prints made from her original negatives. With her boundless empathy and razor sharp intellect, a Hermes typewriter and a camera as her tools, Gruber served as an inspiration through her love of adventure, fearlessness, powerful intellect and defying tradition throughout an extraordinary career. She passed away in November 2016 at the age of 105. This traveling exhibition is organized by the International Center of Photography.
Subject to Interpretation: The 3D Works of MONAD Studio Artists Eric Goldemberg & Veronica Zalcberg
On view October 24 - February 25, 2018
3-D artists Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio present a series of ornate, 3D-printed panels hovering over the central space of the gallery, suspended from the ceiling as beacons of light. Each individual panel is articulated to represent a cosmology of communal relations such that the geometry of its subdivisions and connecting arms resonate with the overall rhythmic notion of the singular and the multiple fused together. The result is a walk-through experience presenting Jewish cultural heritage in a new, vibrant and engaging format.
POINTING THE WAY The Art of the Torah Pointer
Exhibition On View November 21, 2017– March 18, 2018
The Barr Foundation has made available a remarkable collection of antique and contemporary yads. A Torah pointer, or yad, guides the reader across the words of a hand written Torah without touching the fragile parchment. The yads in the exhibition are made of diverse materials including wood, precious metals, jewels, ceramics and paper. The display of yads transcends religious iconography and appeals to all who appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of fine art..