Skirball Museum exhibit celebrates Israel’s 70th

Moshe Castel Ancient Scroll, enamel on paper, ca. 1940. Skirball Museum, gift of Polly and Jacob Stein in memory of Edith and James L. Magrish

Moshe Castel “Ancient Scroll,” enamel on paper, ca. 1940. Skirball Museum, gift of Polly and Jacob Stein in memory of Edith and James L. Magrish

The Skirball Museum on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday with a wide-ranging exhibition of paintings, sculpture, silversmith work and photography. It will run March 8-June 3.

Works are drawn from the museum’s core collections, from the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum collection, and from local collectors.

The exhibition explores early pioneers of Israeli art, including Boris Schatz, Ze’ev Raban and Ephraim Moses Lilien, as well as modern and contemporary masters Reuven Rubin, Avigdor Stematsky, Joseph Zaritsky, Shraga Weil and Moshe Kupferman.

The exhibition celebrates two recent gifts to the Skirball collection: Ancient Scroll by Moshe Castel and Children of Jerusalem: Painting Pain Dreaming Peace, a collection of paintings and collages created by Palestinian and Israeli schoolchildren.

Public programs in conjunction with the exhibition include:

Thursday, March 8, 5:30-8 p.m. Opening reception, with remarks and recognition of Polly and Jacob Stein for their recent gift of Moshe Castel’s Ancient Scroll to the Skirball Museum.

Lecture Series: Art in Israel from Boris Schatz to Ilit Azoulay, by Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz: Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m. Art in Israel before World War II. Wednesday April 18, 7 p.m. Art in Israel after World War II. Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m. Contemporary Israeli Art. Reservations are recommended. Skirball Museum members are admitted free; nonmembers are $18; individual lectures $7 in advance or at the door.

Sunday, April 29, 1:30 p.m. Children of Cincinnati and Children of Jerusalem. Children of all faiths and their families are invited to see and discuss a selection of works from “Children of Jerusalem: Painting Pain Dreaming Peace.” The program is free, but reservations are required.

Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. From Palate to Palette: The Art of Israeli Cooking. Participate in an Israeli cooking demonstration and tasting with Rotem Greniman. Reservations required. Skirball Museum members free; nonmembers $10.

All events are open to the public and take place in Mayerson Hall on the Clifton campus of HUC-JIR, 3101 Clifton Ave. The Skirball Museum is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m, and by appointment.

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