The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers: Photos by Jim Judkis

Fine, Perlow Weis Gallery JCC of Greater Pittsburgh • 5738 Forbes Avenue

May 8, 2019 to July 30, 2019

Through July 30

A 96-page hard-bound publication with 65 illustrations and numerous contributions is available for sale on Amazon

The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers: Photos by Jim Judkis includes a powerful selection of 60 photos that capture Rogers in tender, candid moments and reveal the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood show behind the scenes.

Judkis’s photographs, most of which have never been on display, include images that portray the show behind the set, shot in 1985 for Sunday Magazine and Pittsburgh Magazine. These photos, a combination of black and white and color images, reveal the creative and technical processes of how the show was made and highlight the straightforwardness of the show’s set design and production. They show the serious business of putting together a television show, but they likewise reveal the revelry, energy and camaraderie of the cast and crew. Another set of photos, made in 1978 for People Magazine, portrays Rogers interacting warmly—in his element—with a group of young children at Carnegie Mellon University’s daycare program and at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

An acclaimed photographer, Judkis captures Rogers in an organic, authentic and candid way. Judkis, who established a long-term relationship with Rogers and Fred Rogers Company, also created the images for the First Experiences book series.

The photos in the exhibition illustrate Rogers’s ease and capacity to express genuine care and embrace children for who they are. They show the simple, non-glossy structure of the television program, drawing attention to his preference for unhurried directness, authenticity and home-spun simplicity. Judkis’s photographs are especially poignant because they capture Rogers’s true nature and draw us into his world, reminding us to be kinder to our neighbors and to ourselves.

The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers: Photos by Jim Judkis is made possible in part by The Benter Foundation and the Tracy and Evan Segal Family Foundation. The American Jewish Museum is supported in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset Board, Anna L. Caplan & Irene V. Caplan Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Robert C. and Gene B. Dickman Fund, Ira and Nanette Gordon Curator Enrichment Fund, Edward N. and Jane Haskell Endowment Creative Projects Fund, Nancy Bernstein and Robert Schoen Fund, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, and individual support.

May 8 – Jul 30
Through July 30 A 96-page hard-bound publication with 65 illustrations and numerous contributions is available for sale on Amazon The Loving Kindness of Fred Rogers: Photos by Jim Judkis includes a powerful selection of 60 photos that capture Rogers in tender, candid moments and reveal the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood show behind the scenes. Judkis’s photographs,...
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