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Ongoing 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 your computer, tablet, or phone. Enjoy high-resolution photos, informative videos, and rich information for further study.
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.

Upcoming Exhibit

This Ground Level Arts Lab exhibit showcases 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.

On Display

While we prepare for the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab show coming this fall, a selection of art from the Spertus collection is on display throughout our building. When you visit for programs, classes, or events, pick up to explore.
While we prepare for the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab show coming this fall, a selection of art from the Spertus collection is on display in locations throughout our building. When you visit for programs, classes, or research, pick up a free self-guided tour to learn about the unique architecture of the Spertus building and about the artwork on view.

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).