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Upcoming Special Exhibits

Exhibits at Jewish Museum Milwaukee explore the breadth of the Jewish experience and offer visitors to connect through history, culture and the arts.


Moments & Markers
An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective
June 16 – August 27, 2017

“An expressionist salute to humankind at its most lovable and vulnerable, his [Rosenblatt’s] hand painted figures and environments fairly explode with vitality and good-humored affection.” -James Auer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Celebrate the creative contributions, imaginative mind and indelible legacy of the beloved artist, teacher, Milwaukee community member and consummate observer, Adolph Rosenblatt. From paintings and drawings, to bronze cast works, ceramic figures, sculptural tableaus and large-scale installations, Adolph’s pieces offer a unique window into both historic and contemporary life. The layers of visual depth which comprise his work reveal the expressive spontaneity of his philosophy and process.

Moments & Markers, a retrospective exhibit, explores the people, places and unscripted occurrences that make Milwaukee
exceptional, as well as the headlines and global events Adolph captured for perpetuity through his unique vision and lens.

Sponsored by: Albert & Ann Deshur Memorial Fund ∙ Lubar Family Foundation ∙ An Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation ∙ The Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust ∙ The Goldman Family ∙ Suzy B. Ettinger Foundation ∙ Max Samson


The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat
September 15, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Fifty international artists explore one of the pillars of Jewish practice and belief: the sanctity of the Sabbath through provocative works of art.  In an era when technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play, and repose, their works invite us to delve into the possibilities and new definitions of renewal symbolized by the ‘day of rest.’ Through the crucible of their creativity, the artists in this exhibition offer new ways to imagine Shabbat and reflect the profound insights that Abraham Joshua Heschel observed in The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man:

“The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space.  Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time.  It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation, from the world of creation to the creation of the world.”


Stitching History from the Holocaust
Summer 2018

In 1997, the Strnad family in Milwaukee found an envelope bearing the Nazi seal while cleaning out their mother’s basement. Inside was a letter from 1939 written by Paul Strnad. Paul asked his cousin Alvin to help him secure an affidavit for he and his wife, Hedy, to escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Paul explained that Hedy was a dressmaker and included eight of her designs as proof of her talent.

Paul and Hedy did not survive the Holocaust. But her dress designs did.

Realizing the letter’s significance, the family donated it to Milwaukee’s Jewish Historical Society. When the Jewish Museum Milwaukee opened in 2008, it became part of its permanent collection. In 2014, the museum worked with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater to bring Hedy’s designs to life. The resulting exhibit, Stitching History from the Holocaust, is running at the museum through February, 2015 and will then be touring the U.S. This digital exhibit allows visitors all over the world to learn about Hedy’s story.


Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare
Fall 2018

In this originally curated exhibition, Jewish Museum Milwaukee will explore the impact of the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Hollywood Blacklist through the biographies of blacklistees and through the work that was considered subversive. This exhibition will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first HUAC hearings and the start of the Blacklist.

Organized and curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee.