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Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

This exhibition showcased original illustrations, influences, and artwork from New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein’s page-turning graphic biography of Hannah Arendt, cited as one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century.

Todros Geller: Strange Worlds

This exhibition showcased more than 30 works, the majority for the first time, by artist Todros Geller, an influential WPA-era Chicago artist who was central to the history of modern American Jewish art. Presented in conjunction with Art Design Chicago.

Inquiry 01: Chicago Jewish Artists Fellowship Exhibition

Presented work by Nelly Agassi, Leslie Baum, Iris Bernblum, Dianna Frid, Matthew Girson, Jesse Malmed, Geof Oppenheimer, Roni Packer, and Rana Siegel.

Ellen Rothenberg

Spertus Institute presented a commissioned, site-specific installation by Chicago-based artist Ellen Rothenberg, organized by Ionit Behar, Spertus Institute's Curator of Collections and Exhibitions.

Outside Inside

Spertus Institute displayed works created by the second cohort of the Midwest Jewish Artists Lab. This year-long initiative brought together twelve distinguished local artists for workshops, study, and critiques.

Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When?

This exhibition showcased 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.

Voices of Wisdom in the Ground Level Arts Lab

This Ground Level Arts Lab exhibition 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.

From Maxwell Street to Milwaukee Avenue

Howard Schwartz (shown below in his studio) is both an accomplished artist and an avid family historian. He combines the past and the present in mixed media portraits inspired by his family story, a story that, like that of many Chicago families, begins its American chapter...

A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

Talented young Brooklyn-based cartoonist Liana Finck has brought these letters to life in her book, A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York. Spertus Institute is pleased to present a selection of her illustrations, sketches, and etchings.

Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership was pleased to present this debut exhibit of work by local architect and designer Amy Reichert.