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.
Stranded in Shanghai 1946
March 13-May 20, 2018
In April 1946, prominent American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein took twenty-two photos that captured the living conditions of Jewish refugees in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Rothstein’s photos, commissioned by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), were taken seven months after the Pacific War had ended. They are a unique visual testimony to the sanctuary given to eighteen thousand Central European Jews during the period of World War II and the Shoah. The photographs present the experiences of the refugees and the story the still little-known "Shanghai Ghetto" through the eyes of a seasoned documentary photographer. These refugees—Jews from Austria, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary—found a haven in Shanghai at a time when, with rare exception, the entire world was refusing to accept Jews. Rothstein’s pictures give us extraordinary insight into the historical role of the photographer in the service of international organizations, and into the importance of photojournalism in zones of conflict and humanitarian crisis.
SPACES OF TOLERANCE: Access to spirituality in technocratic society
Masters Project 2018 – Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg Studio
On view April 24 - June 5, 2018
The seminar + studio focused on the research, conceptual design and fabrication of projects for a group show titled “Spaces of Tolerance” which will display 12 site-specific installations by FIU Department of Architecture graduate students led by FIU Associate Professor Eric Goldemberg + 1 site-specific sonic installation (currently on display at JMOF) designed by MONAD Studio | Eric Goldemberg + Veronica Zalcberg in collaboration with composer and FIU Assistant Professor Jacob Sudol.
The show aspires to create awareness of the need for spaces of personal reflection, meditation and solace in the midst of a highly technocratic, mediated society where access to spirituality and other people’s spiritual inclinations often times are met with very thin tolerance and scarce opportunities for collective, spiritual gatherings. Professor Goldemberg’s Masters Project students, in their last studio before graduating from FIU, have conducted research into multiple religions looking into their spaces of spiritual activities, rituals and tectonic characteristics. They also examined the historical evolution of the different architectural religious typologies and concocted their own synthesis manifested in graphics where they proposed new urban interventions in Miami to foster spirituality, diversity and tolerance; as proof of concept, they have built 1:1 scale prototypes of their proposed artifacts.
Students: Lina Arias, Eduardo Bellosta, Eugenio Caceres, Gianni Casanova, Cesar Charria, Patrick Davidson, Cristian Garcia, Raquel Garrido, Sophia Gil Cadenas, Moshe Laniado, Jehnnesys Loisos, Monica Ordones, Roberto Rodriguez, Gabriela Soto.
Fabrication coordinator: Julia Surduy
Tennessee Williams – Playwright and Painter
On view May 2 – October 7, 2018
This exhibit features 9 of Tennessee William’s paintings dating from the 1970s. The paintings are on loan from David Wolkowsky, one of Williams’ closest friends and long-standing Key West resident. Wolkowsky hosted Williams at his private island on Ballast Key, 9 miles off of Key West and at his Pier House Resort. Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century. While he wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, Williams is most widely known for his plays, which are chiefly set in the South. Several of his plays including, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are considered among the finest of the American stage. Painting was a passion for Williams, almost to the point that it became a second profession. Toward the end of his life, Williams gradually gave up writing for painting; for him, painting was an easier form of self-expression. Critics did not think as much of his painting as his plays, however his artwork remains widely popular among collectors.