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Upcoming Exhibit

Opens April 9 in the Ground Level Arts Lab. This exhibit showcases 30 works from the Spertus Institute Collection by artist and activist Ben Shahn. Through his career, Shahn worked to expose injustice and inspire social change.
Opens April 9 in the Ground Level Arts Lab. This exhibit will showcase more than 30 works from the Spertus Institute Collection by artist and activist Ben Shahn. Throughout his career, Shahn worked to expose injustice and inspire social change.

Online Exhibit

With generous support from the Spitz Foundation, highlights from Spertus Institute's world-class collections of Jewish art and artifacts can now be viewed online from anywhere.
With generous support from the Spitz Foundation, highlights from Spertus Institute's world-class collections of Jewish art and artifacts can now be viewed online, from your computer, tablet, or phone. Enjoy high-resolution photos, informative videos, interactive maps, and rich information for further study.

Past Exhibit

This Ground Level Arts Lab exhibit showcased new works created by Spertus Institute's inaugural cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, which brought together 12 local artists for workshops, study, and critiques.
This exhibit, the first of a series of temporary displays in the new Ground Level Arts Lab space, showcases new works created by Spertus Institute's inaugural cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. This year-long initiative brought together twelve distinguished local artists for workshops, study, and critiques. During the course of the program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of wisdom.

Online Exhibit

We are proud to present a selection from Spertus Institute's Muriel Yale Collection of Antique Maps of the Holy Land and the Ottoman Empire. Please note that there is no corresponding physical exhibit currently on display.
In History of Cartography, authors Harley and Woodward define maps as “graphic representations that facilitate a spatial understanding of things, concepts, conditions, processes or events in the human world.” Maps mesh artistic representation and scientific reality, and this commingling is seen nowhere better than in maps of the Holy Land, which often portray vivid biblical scenes literally on top of geographical territory (see, for example, Thomas Fuller’s Issachar).