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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.


Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
February 17 – May 26, 2017

In 1977, at the age of 50, Esther Nisenthal Krinitz began creating works of fabric art to tell her story of survival. Trained as a seamstress, but with no training in art, she ultimately created 36 remarkable fabric pictures of strong, vivid images and folk-art realism, meticulously stitching the narrative of her story beneath each picture.

In 1942, when the Jews of her Polish village were ordered by the Nazis to report to a nearby train station, 15-year-old Esther Nisenthal fled, with her parents’ blessing and her 13-year-old sister Mania in tow. Hiding with non-Jewish friends, then in the forest, Esther and Mania ultimately created new identities, posing as Polish Catholic farm girls, hiding in plain sight of the Gestapo.

Organized by Art & Remembrance. Learn more about this exhibit>>


Holocaust by Bullets
April 19 – May 23, 2017

Places can be deceiving. Where grass and trees now grow were once scenes of unspeakable horror — killing grounds where more than 2 million human beings were murdered solely for their religion or ethnic heritage. Without our memory, those places and times will be forgotten.

In conjunction with Yahad – In Unum (Together – In One),  the Milwaukee Jewish  Federation presents Holocaust by Bullets, a special exhibition detailing the work to preserve the memories and places in the former Soviet Union where the Nazis killed more than 2.2 million Jewish and Roma people.

Sponsored by Anonymous Foundations, Bader Philanthropies, Inc., and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Thank you to the additional sponsors who have committed since publishing.

Presented by Milwaukee Jewish Federation; hosted by Jewish Museum Milwaukee; educational support by Nathan Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center; developed by Yahad – In Unum (Together – In One).


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

An expressionist salute to humankind at its most lovable and vulnerable, his hand painted figures and environments fairly explode with vitality and good-humored affection. — James Auer, The Milwaukee Journal

JMM will celebrate the work of sculptor Adolph Rosenblatt in the retrospective of his work featuring some of his massive installations including The Lunchcounter at the Oriental Pharmacy and The Oriental Theater. Developed with The Portrait Society Gallery.


Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare

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.