Previous Museum Exhibits

The Art of Noise: Groggers throughout the Diaspora

April 2, 2019 - June, 2019

The 52 noisemakers on display, were collected by Colleen and Richard Fain over 20 years from around the world and are being shown publicly for the very first time. The diverse styles of the noisemakers reflect different regions and cultures and are as varied as the materials they are made from. The exhibition will be on view for several months.

Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet’s South Beach 1977-1980

March 19 - July 3,2019

The national museum debut of Shtetl in the Sun: Andy Sweet’s South Beach 1977-1980. The exhibition celebrates the legendary photographer’s work in the late 1970s capturing the colorful elderly Jewish community in South Beach, before his death at a young age. Taking a cue from the new book from Letter16 Press, edited by Brett Sokol. This is the first solo museum show of Sweet’s work.

The exhibition's debut also coincides with the successful national release of the award-winning new film The Last Resort, directed by Dennis Scholl & Kareem Tabsch that also celebrates Andy Sweet's work. The landmark museum is located at 301 Washington Avenue in the heart of South Beach’s historic Art Deco District, which was ground zero for Andy Sweet (1953-1982).

Through the Hat: The Art of Steve Marcus

March 6, 2019 - September 1, 2019

Steve Marcus’ creative contributions have spanned multiple mediums and he has been a consistent trailblazer in both popular and underground cultures. The exhibition is accompanied by photos of the artist at work by legendary photographer Sid Kaplan (of “Vanishing New York” fame). The solo exhibition opens March 6, 2019, and runs through May 21, 2019.

Through The Hat includes more than 26 wood-carved sculptures and Jewish ritual objects, more than a baker’s dozen hand-drawn works of art on paper, and custom synagogue furniture. Marcus seamlessly weaves his Proustian childhood memories of bagels and bialys, pickles and green tomatoes from the barrel, and paper-wrapped whitefish chubs with his personal journey and passion for his own roots and culture. In Through the Hat, Marcus has created a folk/cartoon world that is the Kosher cousin of those created by artists Alexander Calder and Red Grooms, if seen through the prism of comics. His beautifully crafted renditions of Jewish life in New York City celebrate a culture of orthodoxy and unorthodoxy in all their splendor.

Charlie Cinnamon: Legendary Press Agent

In 2018, JMOF-FIU presented the exhibition Charlie Cinnamon: Legendary Press Agent, with photos and artifacts representing the life and work of this remarkable man.

Curated by Jacqueline Goldstein, the show had items on loan from the Cinnamon family, and from Broadway producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander and photojournalist Manny Hernandez. Both men were friends and colleagues of Cinnamon for decades, and consider him a major influence on their lives and careers. They helped to preserve Cinnamon’s memorabilia, and were the ones who spearheaded this tribute by approaching the museum to help make the exhibition possible.

Cinnamon was the youngest of eight children born to an Orthodox Jewish family in the Bronx, where he attended the school PS 48. He served in General Patton’s Third Army and helped to liberate a concentration camp during World War II. On the G.I. Bill, he studied journalism at New York University.

Cinnamon worked until the age of 94. He presented his last press conference shortly before his death, promoting a national tour for Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal.

For 60+ years, he was coveted as a news promoter by the world’s biggest stars, including: Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Carson, Tallulah Bankhead, Milton Berle, Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, Eartha Kitt, Hugh Hefner, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Julio Iglesias, Rita Moreno and many more.

He was tapped to lead national public affairs campaigns for some of the world’s leading cultural organizations and commercial enterprises, including: the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and its National YoungArts Foundation, the national campaign to bring the NBA franchise Miami Heat team to Florida, the launch of Carnival Cruise Lines, the New World Symphony, Broadway Across America, and Miami City Ballet.

“Ours is a history museum, and Charlie Cinnamon was the history-making equivalent for arts and culture of Florida pioneers Henry Flagler and Julia Tuttle,” explains Susan Gladstone, JMOF-FIU’s director.

The visionary always insisted on being called a ‘Press Agent,’ using the old fashioned, direct sense of the term. Press agents served as a crucial link between celebrities and the public, and the strong working relationships that Cinnamon had with these famous entertainers was paramount.

We now live in a time when everyone clamors for their 15 minutes of fame via self-promotion on social media every day. But back then, the public relied on news editors for information about entertainment, celebrities, and the arts.

Charlie was quoted as saying: “I gave many a star their star,” and there is a famous saying on Miami Beach: ‘Everyone has a Charlie story,’ because he helped so many people and cultural institutions for more than six decades.

When the City of Miami Beach launched its very own “Walk of the Stars” in 1984, the Mayor and Commissioners unanimously chose Charlie Cinnamon to be inducted as the first honoree with the inaugural star in his name.

He was indeed a star in his own right.