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Upcoming Special Exhibits

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


Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare
October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019
Opening Preview: Thursday, October 11, 7:00 pm

The freedoms of speech and assembly are central to the idea of American democracy, but what happens when the rights associated with these freedoms are impacted? How did and does the American public, government, and industry respond to these encroachments. The exhibit will highlight the effects of this intersection of art, politics, and economics and its impact on individuals and the country more broadly.

The people regarded as “Un-American” were disproportionately from minority backgrounds—Jewish, immigrants, gays, and African American.  One person’s subversion is another’s biting commentary on the American experience. This exhibit will explore the factors which led to the Hollywood Blacklist, a time in which these first amendment freedoms and what it meant to be patriotic became central in a cultural battle, one that Americans continue to replay with new and different issues.

Organized and curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee.

Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto
Spring 2019

Vedem: The Underground Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto examines the literary magazine written by Jewish teens imprisoned at Terezin, a Nazi camp in Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. Using graphics, drawings, paintings, prose, and poetry, from 1942 to 1944 these brave teens secretly wrote and illustrated the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Vedem, Czech for “In the Lead”, documented with defiance, humor, and heartbreak the voices of some of the era’s youngest resistance fighters, and the exhibit breaks down the original pages of Vedem to reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Curated & Designed by Rina Taraseiskey, Michael Murphy and Danny King. Organized by The Vedem Underground Project.

Marc Chagall Le Cirque
Summer 2019

Chagall is considered one of Europe’s most accomplished 20th-century artists whose work reaches every corner of the world. The Le Cirque portfolio, consisting of 38 numbered, limited edition lithographs, was created in Paris in 1967 with the assistance of master graphic artist Efstratios Teriade. The works showcase Chagall’s quintessential use of vivid color, dreamlike composition, whimsical characters and magnetic draw to the circus, which he felt was symbolic of the human condition.

Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque series is on loan from the permanent collection of the Manitowoc-based Rahr-West Art Museum.