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Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s diary, with its poignant account of her family’s years of hiding during the Nazi occupation, has touched millions around the world.

The Language Barrier

While the new Spertus building was being built, a showcase was created on the 50-foot-long Michigan Avenue barricade of the construction site for the site-specific work of leading contemporary artists who consider compelling questions about culture, identity, and religion.

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust

Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust was organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Eternal Light

Contemporary artists from around the world offered visual interpretations on the spiritual meaning of light, in this exhibition of the winners and finalists of the leading international competition for Jewish ceremonial art.

Engaging with the Present

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the American Jewish Artists Club, this exhibition highlighted the development of modern art in Chicago and the significant role of Jewish artists in its conception and growth.

Tradition and Transformation

This exhibition spotlighted 80 seldom-seen objects from the Spertus Institute collection. It explored issues of provenance and authenticity, and looked at the questions raised when pieces created for ceremonial use are viewed as art. Called “exquisite” by Museums Chicago magazine.

Southern Exposure

Renowned photographer Zion Ozeri’s work documenting the cross-cultural dimension of Jewish life in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.