Skirball Museum open house with Jewish treasures on view

Holleman window

Holleman window

Monday, May 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Hebrew Union College

Here is your chance to explore examples of antique and contemporary Judaica, a suite of 12 prints by Israel’s painter laureate, Reuven Rubin. The colorful paintings by Jewish modern masters, brilliant stained glass and portraiture related to Cincinnati’s Jewish history are recent additions to the Skirball Museum’s collections.

An open house will introduce the community to recent gifts and acquisitions.

“The largest collection, the B’nai B’rith Klutznick Collection, art and artifacts from the former B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, were transferred to the Skirball Museum in the summer of 2015,” said Abby Schwartz, museum director. “Of the 1,500 pieces in the collection, nearly two dozen are currently on display. The breadth of the collection ranges from antique Judaica to contemporary Jewish paintings, and new treasures are being unpacked every day.”

Schwartz noted the museum has become a haven for Jewish collections that could not be sustained where they were housed originally. Among these is the stained glass windows by noted American artist David Holleman that had been installed in a synagogue slated for demolition in Massachusetts. One is on display in the museum, she said, and plans are underway to retrofit all of the windows on the campus.

Skirball’s collection representing the city’s Jewish history includes a newly acquired oil portrait of Marcus Fechheimer, a noted businessman and philanthropist and friend of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, founder of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Reservations are recommended for the open house, which will include informal tours.
The exhibition will continue through June 19.

For more informational 513-487-3098 or jmendelson@huc.edu

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