Past Exhibitions

Felix Lembersky's art (b. Lublin, Poland, 1913; d. Leningrad, 1970) takes the viewer on a journey through the Jewish experience in the Soviet Union. His canvases capture a complex world where life, faith, and the creative spirit persevere amid war and state-sponsored terror. Educated under both the Soviet avant-garde and the formative years of Socialist Realism, Lembersky realigned realist and modernist forms to create emotionally charged and thought-provoking imagery that served as a viable alternative to state-mandated art.
    Programs Included:
  • Members Opening and Reception with Yelena Lembersky
  • Fine Arts Quartet Concert
  • Soviet Art and Culture after Stalin with Professor Christine Harris
Collections provide insight into history, curiosities, experience, personal passions and values. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee showcased fine art, Judaica and memorabilia from local collectors. Many of the pieces on display will make their public debut in this exhibit. See hidden treasures from throughout the Jewish community revealed!
    Programs Included:
  • A Behind the Scenes Look at the Milwaukee Art Museum's Grete Marks Exhibition and Other Jewish Artists of the Bauhaus with curator, Mel Buchanan
  • Jewish Identity in the Arts with Professor Doug Rosenberg
  • Appraisers' Fair
Faced with anti-Semitism, Jewish immigrants created institutions to address employment, health care, education and recreation. This exhibit explored the ongoing legacies of Mount Sinai Hospital and Brynwood Country Club, organizations that affected the Jewish and greater community of Milwaukee.
    Programs Included:
  • The History of Mt. Sinai: The Merging and Changing of Hospital Policies and Practices
  • Back at Brynwood Community Reception
  • Immigration and Labor Unions in America with Professor Tony Micheals
  • Excluded or Excluder: Three-part discussion series
Tradition and Change - Symbolism and Celebration. The Jewish wedding has been a foundation of Judaic religion and culture since Biblical times. The act of uniting a bride and groom is considered a mitzvah, or good deed and demonstrates the commitment of two people to each other as well as to the Jewish people. While customs central to the wedding date back centuries, younger generations have created new traditions reflective of their lives.
    Programs Included:
  • Screening of Match & Marry
This exhibit explored the work of Arnold Newman through his Jewish subjects. He is considered to be the father of environmental photography. In his six decade career, he was able to capture people from diverse backgrounds and professions in their element.
    Programs Included:
  • "Facing the Camera: Photography and Portraiture"with curator, Lisa Hostetler
  • Landscape of the Lens and Beyond: Portrait Photography Mini Course
Through artistic and historical displays, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee presented the life and work of this Milwaukee hero. Come and learn this fascinating story of personal courage and the difference one individual can make by standing up in the face of adversity.
    Programs Included:
  • Lecture with Mildred Fish Harnack Biographer, Shareen Blair Brysac
  • Premier Screening of Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance: The Mildred Fish-Harnack Story
This exhibit is available to travel.
The exhibit included twenty-one etchings by Marc Chagall, on loan from the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University and displayed alongside the monumental Chagall tapestry which hangs in the Museum atrium.
    Programs Included:
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Performance
  • Lecture series with Marquette Professor Diedre Dempsey and Haggerty curator Lynn Shumow
  • Print-making Workshop at RedLine Milwaukee
Growing Up Milwaukee: Camping
August - December 2010
Growing Up Milwaukee: Youth Groups
August - December 2009