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.