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Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

What Does It Say to You?

What Does It Say to You? borrowed its title from a classic museum scene in Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam. This exhibit was conceived to deepen the conversation between Spertus and its audiences by soliciting responses to its content.

Ground Level Projects

Spertus’s Ground Level Projects was a dynamic new initiative consisting of a series of artist commissions for Spertus’ glass-enclosed, street-level vestibule space.

A Force for Change

A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund was the first exhibit to explore the legacy of the Julius Rosenwald Fund created by the Chicago businessman and philanthropist to foster black leadership through the arts, literature, and scholarship.

Double Vision

In conjunction with the Chicago Humanities Festival, Spertus hosted an exhibition by New York-based artists and identical twins Trevor and Ryan Oakes, who invented a method to render, by hand, an accurate camera-obscura style tracing of the world onto a curved surface.

Twisted Into Recognition

Twisted Into Recognition: Clichés of Jews and Others explored the ways images and objects that depict stereotypes are seen, perceived, and classified.

The RedBall Project

On September 3, the new Spertus building was a site for artist Kurt Perschke's RedBall Project, an ongoing, mobile sculptural performance that has taken place in such locations as Busan, Barcelona, and Sydney.

Imaginary Coordinates

Imaginary Coordinates was inspired by antique maps of the Holy Land in Spertus’ collection. The exhibition juxtaposed these maps with modern and contemporary maps of this region, all of which assert boundaries.

The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation

“The New Authentics” are 21st-century American Jews. Free to choose their affiliations, they are Jewish culturally, religiously, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, partially, biologically, or invisibly.

Smallest Witnesses

One of the world’s gravest human rights and humanitarian crises continues to unfold in the western Sudanese region of Darfur. Sudanese soldiers and government-backed militias called the Janjaweed have committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing against civilians — and have fo

The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity, and the Jewish American Dream

The Other Promised Land evoked the experience of Jewish vacationing from the 1880s to the present.