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Voices of Wisdom in the new Ground Level Arts Lab
Voices of Wisdom in the new Ground Level Arts LabSunday, September 25, 2016 to Sunday, March 19, 2017
Ground Level Arts Lab Opening
September 2016 marked the opening of the Ground Level Arts Lab, a new 1,600-square-foot programmatic space for Jewish art, artists, and the community.
Located on the ground floor of Spertus Institute, the Ground Level Arts Lab features a semi-permanent display of art and artifacts from Spertus Institute’s impressive collections, putting works from the Spertus collections on regular view for both researchers and members of the public. Approximately 50 works are on display, ranging from a rare seventeenth-century jeweled Torah shield to the cornerstone of the Chicago Hebrew Institute, the forerunner of today’s JCCs. These treasures are shown alongside contemporary photography of Jewish life in Chicago, from traditional observances to Jewish hip-hop concerts.
The Ground Level Arts Lab also houses flexible space for small changing exhibits. The first of these, titled Voices of Wisdom, presents new works by Chicago-area Jewish artists.
Voices of Wisdom showcases new works created in conjunction with the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab, an initiative through which Spertus brought together twelve distinguished artists for conversation, critiques, and community-building.
The artists were provided opportunities to study art from the Spertus collections, as well as learn from historians, art scholars, and experts in a range of related fields. During the course of the year-long program, each participant was charged with creating an artwork or series around the theme of wisdom.
The Midwest Jewish Artists Lab is generously supported by a grant from the Covenant Foundation.