Our new Cultural Arts Wing, is a premier destination for Jewish arts and culture. The newly renovated Herman J. Birnberg Fine Art Gallery, will continue to be the home of many wonderful art exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists.
PARSHAT POSTER PROJECT
HILLEL SMITH: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
JULY 10 – AUGUST 30
During the week of July 8, Hillel transformed the outside of the St. Paul JCC, with a large scale mural that speaks to our core value of Kehillah (community). Click here to watch the transformation.
Study the Torah in a bold new way with Smith’s Parsha Posters, accompanied by translations of the Biblical verses they illustrate. This special exhibition features 54 Hebrew typographic posters artistically highlighting the parshat hashavua
(weekly Torah portion). “I hope that this project will inspire you to consider
the role of creative approaches to study and reimagine the role of art in forging powerful relationships to our heritage.”
Hillel Smith is an artist and designer focused on re-imagining the potential of Judaica by utilizing contemporary media to create new manifestations of traditional forms. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California, Atlanta, Virginia, Jerusalem, and at the Fendi headquarters in Rome, Italy. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects, including the Best Omer Ever: GIF the Omer counter and Parsha Posters, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue that binds Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. Making fun and engaging content is similarly the crux of his work as a designer for clients including HIAS, PJ Library, and Patton Oswalt.
This project was made possible with support from the Brin Jewish Arts Endowment, a fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Foundation.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY HILLEL SMITH
JULY 10 – AUGUST 30
On display at St. Paul JCCs Gallery Walk
Jewish Traces documents buildings that used to be synagogues around the United States. As communities rise and fall in urban areas and geographic regions, and as congregations grow and shrink, merge and split, the buildings are often left behind as a marker of what was. But as these buildings take on new lives, as churches or performance spaces, or languish in disrepair, their presence is a window into the Jewish history that surrounds us. Jewish Traces is supported by Asylum Arts.
JUDAISM, ART, & SCIENCE INTERWOVEN
FEATURING 36 NEW WORKS BY SIX PARTICIPANTS IN THE P2G ARTIST EXCHANGE PROGRAM WITH ISRAEL.
SEPTEMBER 9 – OCTOBER 7
Partnership2Gether (P2G) is a collaboration between the community of Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel where new relationships are formed by connecting through different platforms. This artist exchange engages artists from both communities as they work together throughout the year creating art work and participating in discussions on Israel, Jewish Identity and Peoplehood through their own art creations and Jewish texts. The theme, Judaism, Art & Science Interwoven, was chosen to reflect the shared focus and integration of science within each city. The approach is Re-Art where each artist modifies another’s work, adapting and re- interpreting each of the pieces, creating a new work of art.
Artists include: Linda Passon-McNally, David Sherman, Cathy Tobias, Pazit Assouline, Anatt Friedman, and Roni Schechber, as well as select 2018–19 P2G alumni.
A partnership between The Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, The Jewish Agency, Municipality of Rehovot, Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and Sabes JCC
PANEL DISCUSSION & RECEPTION @ SABES JCC
SEPTEMBER 12 • 6 – 8 PM, PANEL DISCUSSION AT 6:30 PM
Local artists, with video highlights from Israeli artist participants, will be discussing the impact of this artist exchange and how this process has affected their personal work and their connection to one another.