American Jewish Museum

Thought-provoking exhibits

The American Jewish Museum, housed in the JCC in Squirrel Hill,  explores contemporary Jewish art that facilitates dialogue about art, philosophy and culture to promote interfaith and intergenerational explorations.

Current Exhibit

CHUTZ-POW! VOLUME THREE, YOUNG SURVIVORS

Through April 20, 2018

CHUTZ-POW! Superheroes of the Holocaust is a comic book series created by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh that honors Holocaust survivors, resistance fighters and liberators by placing stories of sacrifice, courage, and resilience at the forefront of Holocaust awareness. The exhibition, co-presented by the American Jewish Museumand the Holocaust Center, includes the 36 original storyboard illustrations used to make the recently published CHUTZ-POW! Volume Three, Young Survivors.

The focus in Volume Three turns to the ordeals of young survivors, where viewers discover the wide-ranging experiences that youth endured during the Holocaust. Despite their travails—as hidden children, visible-hidden children, ghetto and camp survivors, and refugees—these vulnerable victims emerged from incredible hardships
to represent a strength of spirit that refused to be oppressed.
These are the childhood experiences of Walter Boninger, Inge (Berg) Katzenstein, Solange Lebovitz, Judah Samat, Irene Skolnick and Sam Weinreb, all of whom settled in the Pittsburgh area. Notably, their stories were chronicled by some of Pittsburgh’s most acclaimed comics writers
and illustrators, including Xeric Award winner Wayne Wise, writer/artist M.L.Walker, Lambda Literary Award winner Mark Zingarelli, writer Yona Harvey, writer Deesha Philyaw, Xeric Award winner Rachel Masilamani, Reuben Award winner Vince Dorse, and veteran comics artists Howard Bender and Loran Skinkis.

While the narratives and images are exceptional, what makes CHUTZ-POW stand out is the time that the writers spent with survivors to learn their stories and to get to know them to make sure their experiences are
interpreted with honesty, integrity and understanding.

Join us on Sunday, February 11 • 3 PM – Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
826 Hazelwood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Newly published CHUTZ-POW! Volume Three: The Young Survivors comic book will be unveiled, and several of the survivors whose stories are featured will be in attendance.

CHUTZ-POW! Behind the Scenes Artwork from Volumes One and Two will be on display at the Holocaust Center.
Holocaust Center Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 AM–2 PM
412-421-1500 or [email protected] HCOFPGH.org

Recent Exhibit

Out of Many: Stories of Migration

Through December 30, 2017

Reception: Thursday, November 2, 6-8 pm

Out of Many: Stories of Migration, is comprised of photographs that document the experiences of multiple generations of immigrants and their descendants in Pittsburgh. The photographs accentuate the key role that immigration has played in this corner of the world, including shaping our neighborhoods, the formation of our identity, in sustaining our economy, and in the enrichment of our cultural diversity. Comprised entirely of new work by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson, and Annie O’Neill, Out of Many considers Pittsburgh’s stories as a lens through which to consider the broader American immigrant experience.

Out Of Many: Stories of Migration is a Documentary Works project organized by Brian Cohen and Laura Domencic and produced by a collaboration of professional photographers based in Pittsburgh.

Community partners include City of Asylum, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Repair the World, Union Project and the Westmoreland Museum of Art.

 


Phat Man Dee & Liz Berlin: Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco

Don’t miss the only opportunity to see the first live performance of Shine the Light with Social Justice Disco with Liz Berlin of Rusted Root and jazz singer Phat Man Dee, co-presented by the JCC’s American Jewish Museum and the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement:
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh • Katz Theater
5738 Darlington Avenue
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm •
$10-$25 Private meet and greet with the artists: 6:30pm Ages 13+ • Cash bar
TICKETS: bit.ly/socialjusticedisco

Recent Exhibit
Rochelle Blumenfeld: Hill District Paintings

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For more on the exhibit, continue reading about Rochelle Blumenfeld

Recent Exhibit
Sixty Paintings From The Bible

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For more on the exhibit, continue reading about Archie Rand

Recent Exhibit
Being Good

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Past Exhibits
American Jewish Museum Partners

Please visit the web sites of the organizations that generously support the American Jewish Museum and its exhibitions.

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Light Your Spark is supported by
The Hyman Family Foundation.

Major funding for the American Jewish Museum provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset Board, the Anna L. Caplan & Irene V. Caplan Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, the Robert C. and Gene B. Dickman Fund, Ira and Nanette Gordon Curator Enrichment Fund, Edward N. and Jane Haskell Endowment Creative Projects Fund, the Nancy Bernstein and Robert Schoen Fund, the Speyer Family Foundation Endowment Fund, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, and individual support.

We maximize accessibility of services for people of all abilities. For more information, contact Cathy Samuels at 412-697-3501.

Contact Us

Melissa Hiller

American Jewish Museum Director
412-697-3231


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