The museum exhibition honors the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega-designer’s life, work and legacy and will feature photographs of Leiber alongside a comprehensive selection of Judith Leiber’s bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses, from collectors in Florida as well as from The Leiber Collection.
Matilda Olkin, the “Anne Frank of Lithuania,” was a student and poet who was murdered along with her family by Nazi sympathizers in 1941. Her diary was found years later in a local church. Richard Freund, Professor in Jewish Studies at Christopher Newport University and director of the "Finding Matilda" project, will discuss the film that tells Olkin’s story and the search for her burial place in Lithuania.
Join us for an evening of baking and learning with local chef Romi Naparstek and Rabbi Adam Gindea from Base Miami. We'll learn to make hamantaschen, experiment with filling, and learn about their meaning and significance in the Purim story. You will be making hamantaschen to take home and bake.
Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories the new book by Marcia Jo Zerivitz is NOW available for purchase in the Orovitz Museum Store at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The book is first comprehensive history of the Jews of Florida from colonial times to the present and a sweeping tapestry of voices spanning centuries.
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November 20, 2019– March 15, 2020
Zack Balber uses portrait photography to uncover the camouflaged identity (tattoos) of some of Judaism’s most unconventional Jews. Balber, Jewish himself, connected with the men he photographed while rediscovering his own heritage.
January 9, 2020 - March 1, 2020
Over one million Jewish men, women and children were murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest extermination camp during the Holocaust. The so-called Auschwitz Album is the only known visual documentation of the arrival of a transport of Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau. The compelling photographs in this exhibition created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem document the “processing” of Jews from the Carpatho-Ruthenia region up to but not including their mass murder.
May 7 – September 13, 2020
Will Eisner, one of the earliest comic book artists, was the creator of the comic book The Spirit and the father of the graphic novel. His work spanned a career of seven decades, beginning with working for Jerry Iger at Wow! magazine in the 1930s all the way through inventing the graphic novel in the late 1970s and teaching and illustrating until his death in 2005. In 1942, Eisner was drafted into the army, where his talents came in handy. He illustrated posters, comic strips and guides to entertain the troops in a language they could all relate to. Following the war, while still making The Spirit series, Eisner formed the American Visuals Corporation and his clients included RCA Records, The Baltimore Colts and New York Telephone. In the late 1970s, Eisner created his first graphic novel, A Contract with God, which ushered in a new age of the comic book – a short story illustrated book which he called sequential art. Eisner’s creativity and innovation were so well-respected that the prestigious awards given for creative achievement in American comic books are called the Eisner Awards.
The exhibition will feature original illustrations, first edition comic books from The Spirit series, works from his army days, graphic novels and self-portraits.
Opens March 1, 2020
Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman tells the story of a fearless woman ahead of her time. Madonna, Beyoncé, Katie Perry, Sarah Jessica Parker, JLo, and Blake Lively are just a handful of the of A-list fans of Judith Leiber evening bags. The great, late designer (Leiber passed away in 2018) made handbags go viral—on the red carpet and off—long before social media even existed. Leiber’s innovative style is immortalized by her beloved animal and food themed minaudières. Bold, bright crystal-covered animals, desserts, and produce are among the quirky designs that have graced the arms of royals, first ladies, socialites and fashionistas for decades.
Among her many awards, Judith received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in 1994. Today, her handbags are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Victoria and Albert Museum and many other collections worldwide.
This exhibition honors the Holocaust survivor-turned-mega-designer’s life, work and legacy and will feature photographs of Leiber alongside a comprehensive selection of Judith Leiber’s bags, belts, pillboxes and glasses, from collectors in Florida as well as from The Leiber Collection.
Scheduled to Open in August, 2020
Hello Gorgeous, is an eclectic exhibition of costumes, photos, videos, record album covers and other objects, celebrating the life of Barbra Streisand. She refused to change her surname, or her nose (as many women in show-business would have done), illustrating a fierce force to be contended with. The majority of the artifacts in this show are from the collection of Lou Papalas, of Palm Springs, California, who amassed some 100,000 pieces of Streisand memorabilia. Items on view are set to include the gown she wore on her first television special, 1965’s My Name is Barbra, which unspools silently on a vintage TV; the beaded gown she wore in Funny Girl; and the robe she wore as the cross-dresser in Yentl. Captivating photos will include rare scenes from this superstar’s life including mundane moments like Streisand hanging over a kitchen sink washing out her bras to a starstruck Babs standing beside President Kennedy. Video clips play up Streisand’s influence over pop culture and include the Coffee Talk skit on Saturday Night Live in which she suddenly appears, leaving Mike Myers, Madonna and Roseanne Barr speechless—and in Myers’ character’s case, verklempt! There’s also a clip of a concert salute to Israel that has the Barbara teleconferencing with Prime Minister Golda Meir before crooning a heartfelt rendition of Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah. These are just a few of the pieces that will be on display, paying tribute to the life and times of one of our century’s most influential women.
Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life, Jewish identity, and social activism. Audiences may be familiar with many of Bernstein’s works, notably West Side Story, but not necessarily with how he responded to the political and social crises of his day. Visitors see another side depicted, one of an individual who expressed the restlessness, anxiety, fear, and hope of an American Jew living through World War II and the Holocaust, Vietnam, and other turbulent social change—what Bernstein referred to as his “search for a solution to the 20th‐century crisis of faith.”
The exhibition explores his Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer. It features interactive media and sound installations along approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, a conducting suit, an annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal family Judaica, his composing easel, and a number of various objects from his work studio.
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