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Spertus Institute Welcomes Ionit Behar as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Spertus Institute Welcomes Ionit Behar as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Ionit BeharSpertus Institute Welcomes Ionit Behar
as its new Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Ionit Behar as Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

Behar steps into the role held since 2010 by Ilana Segal, who has moved to Seattle with her family.

Behar is a PhD Candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois, who comes to Chicago by way of Haifa (where she was born), Montevideo (where her Uruguayan parents lived after they studied in Israel), Tel Aviv (where she attended university), and New York (where she added English to the other five languages she speaks).

She holds a Master's degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Bachelor of Art Theory from Tel Aviv University, and a degree in Art Administration from the Bank Boston Foundation in Montevideo. Her areas of expertise include 20th-century art in Latin and North America, exhibition history, and theories of space and place. She has been involved locally in curatorial projects for both well-established institutions and grassroots art spaces. Among these, she serves as Director of Exhibitions for Fieldwork Collaborative Projects NFP (FIELDWORK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing cultural capital in Chicago by working collaboratively with the Chicago Park District, CTA, and Public Schools. Behar regularly writes for print and online publications including ArtSlant, the Chicago Reader, The Exhibitionist, La Pupila, and THE SEEN.

Her first art job was at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem where she worked with the curators of Judaica and Ancient and Byzantine Art, so her new position at Spertus harkens back to her entry into the field.

About joining the Spertus Institute team, she said, “I am honored and excited to assume this role. I aim to help diverse audiences explore the Jewish experience through art that is both relatable and relevant, including new works that speak to Jewish philosophical, cultural, and historical concerns.”

About Ionit Behar’s appointment, Dr. Dean P. Bell, Spertus Institute Provost and Vice President, said “Ionit’s experiences creatively bridge contemporary art and a wide range of themes from across the Jewish experience, making her a wonderful match for Spertus Institute's efforts to integrate art across our academic and public program areas.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016