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.
RESIST/PERSIST/INSIST: STREET ART IN THE FLORENTIN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICHARD HEINRICH
JUNE 6 – JULY 8
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 • 6 – 8 PM
In the hip, South Tel Aviv neighborhood of the Florentin, art is everywhere – from eye-level to rooftops, on building walls, doors, and store grates. This exhibit of photographs presents the colorful pop cartoons, political portrayals, collages and arresting abstract images that are found throughout the Florentin. Biting social commentary alongside the whimsical and romantic – this is the street art of the Florentin. Richard Heinrich is a retired psychiatrist, former Hospice Medical Director and avid photographer. A decision to study Hebrew led to an extended stay in Israel, living in South Tel Aviv. Here he encountered the vitality and intensity of Israeli street art. “We, as a public have little to say about how our neighborhoods look,” says Heinrich, “and the design of the buildings we live in. For me, the artists of the Florentin were taking back the streets for the public. Their work was intense and beautiful and provocative. Several times a week, I’d take long walks through the Florentin, searching for arresting images. And I was never disappointed. Ever.”
PARSHAT POSTER PROJECT
HILLEL SMITH: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
JULY 10 – AUGUST 30
WEEK OF JULY 8
During the week of July 8, Hillel will be transforming the outside of the St. Paul JCC with a large scale mural that speaks to our core value of Kehillah (community). We invite you to watch the mural as it takes shape throughout the week.
THURSDAY, JULY 11 • 6 PM; REMARKS • 7 PM
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.