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.
PHOTO EXHIBITION: GALLERY WALK
PHOTOGRAPHY ON YOUR PHONE: DEVELOPING YOUR ARTISTIC VIEWPOINT
JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 27
Highland Friendship Club, in partnership with Eric Mueller Photography provided an extended arts learning program for 15 young adults and adults with disabilities to develop their artistic point of view through mobile phone photography in the of summer 2019. Sessions included three visiting photographers and six field-based assignments. This exhibit showcases the unique perspectives of these dynamic young adults.
Highland Friendship Club (HFC) serves teens and adults with disabilities by providing programs that foster friendships, strengthen self-advocacy, and explore lifelong learning. HFC was started in 2002 by two mothers of children with cognitive disabilities. They discovered that their sons “fell off the cliff” at age 21, aging out of school, and losing social and skill-building opportunities. They created HFC to provide arts learning, social skills, and exercise for their sons and others like them.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY 20
Last Resort is a series of new works by Robin Schwartzman inspired by the bygone era of the Borscht Belt. At its peak,
the Catskills region in upstate New York had over 500 hotels that offered visitors fresh air, Kosher meals, nightly entertainment, swimming, dancing, golf, ice skating, and more. This summer getaway might best be known for the many famous Jewish comedians whose careers began in its glitzy nightclubs and lounges. The sculptures and prints of Last Resort will playfully explore ideas of tourism, extravagance and humor through the distinct lens of Jewish American culture during this time in history.