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Collecting Local

Collecting Local

10 New Acquisitions

March 9, 2014 to August 24, 2014
First floor vestibule gallery

Join us to view ten important new additions to our collection, additions that reflect Spertus Institute’s commitment to preserving local Jewish art, artifacts, and the stories they tell.

Featured objects include a monumental abstract painting by a young refugee from Danzig who went on to become the doyenne of the Chicago art scene, a whimsical papercut ketubbah with some very unconventional imagery, pendant portraits of two of Chicago’s earliest Jewish settlers, copper printing plates from an artist who got his start at the 57th Street Art Fair, a precious antique Haggadah collected by the physician who delivered 5000 Chicago babies, and a lithograph marking the Chicago unveiling of Chagall’s beloved Four Seasons mosaic.

Exhibits at Spertus are supported in part by the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

Image at left (first image in slideshow of featured aquisitions)

Portraits of Adele and Samuel Straus
Christian F. Schwerdt, ca. 1870
Oil on canvas

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Friday 10 am-3 pm

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Spertus will be closed for final days Passover beginning at 3 pm on Sunday, April 20. We will be closed all day April 21 and 22. Happy Passover from all of us to you and yours!

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Video

View an interview with artist Vera Klement made to mark the addition of one of her monumental paintings to the Spertus Institute collection. Titled Plus and Minus: Homage to Mondrian’s painting of the same name, this work was donated to Spertus Institute by Jeffrey Stevens. It can be seen in the Collecting Local exhibit. WATCH>

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