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Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

Inquiry 01: Chicago Jewish Artists Fellowship Exhibition

This exhibition presented works 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.

Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future

Award-winning documentary photographer Judah Passow spent a year photographing Scotland’s Jewish community, producing a portrait that captures the complexity and diversity of the Scottish Jewish life at the beginning of the 21st century.

Collecting Local

This exhibit featured a monumental abstract painting by a young refugee from Danzig who went on to become the doyenne of the Chicago art scene, a whimsical papercut ketubbah with some very unconventional imagery, pendant portraits of two of Chicago’s earliest Jewish settlers, among much more.