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All Thanks to YOU!

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee is grateful for 2016 and looks forward to 2017….all thanks to you!

Thank you to all of the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s members, donors, Legacy participants and visitors. You made the museum a vibrant resource for people of every color, creed and age.  Many of you came to exhibits such as Arthur Szyk: The Art of Illumination, Southern Exposure: The Jews of Argentina or to Project Mah Jongg. Several of you came to all of the exhibits; bringing your personal stories, thoughts and opinions.

Through your commitments the Jewish Museum Milwaukee fulfilled its mission by providing over 40 programs in 2016.  Your thoughtfulness continues to allows us to promote critical conversations between diverse people including over 2,000 school children. Discussions in 2016 included historic and contemporary uses of propaganda, the effects of immigration policy in WWII and now, the impact of game playing on memory, and so much more.

The award winning Stitching History From the Holocaust opened in New York at the Jewish Heritage Museum, traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will open this month at Florida International University in Miami Beach. Your contributions allowed JMM to travel this amazing story and touch the hearts and minds of thousands.  The exhibit continues to garner attention and will be featured for 3 months on the Big Ten Network.  There are more stories we can tell with Milwaukee roots and your contributions allow our archives to grow; this summer we digitized almost 15,000 pictures and are now in the process of tagging these image to allow us easy access for the future.

dsc0801-version-2 2017 is shaping up to be just as exciting and diverse, where even more timely and relevant topics will be explored.  The first exhibit, Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, explores the emotionally impactful work of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. Haunted by terrifying memories of the Holocaust—the family and childhood she lost—Esther turned to needle and thread to tell her story.  Viewers will be guided through vivid visual recollections recounting one woman’s experience, her cloth collages serving as a vehicle for comprehending the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis and a means of healing and storytelling through artistic creation.  With no formal training she created a series of 36 exquisitely detailed fabric pieces.  Using a range of stitchery and the techniques of embroidery, quilting and collage, the resulting body of work draws viewers in with its visually naïve charms and arrests them with a complex  narrative riddled with horrors, loss, and love.

Through your year-end donations JMM will schedule presentations on art and the Holocaust, art as a healing response to trauma, cross-cultural traditions of storytelling through fabric art, cross- generational programming and sharing of personal narratives, as well as stitching Sundays and a celebration of Fiber Arts.  Your donation allows JMM to explore topics of resiliency, teach school children about the Holocaust through an accessible art form and celebrate an art form that too often is disregarded as women’s work.

dsc0801-version-2This summer JMM celebrates a local artist, his remarkable ability to capture a seminal moment and the Eastside of Milwaukee with Moments and Markers: An Adolf Rosenblatt Retrospective opening on June 16. Throughout Adolph Rosenblatt’s long artistic career he has connected with people and touched their lives in meaningful ways. His curious nature, love of human beings and affinity for observation and capturing meaningful and everyday moments translates into his work.

dsc0801-version-2A painter turned ceramist and inspirational art educator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he taught from 1966 to 1999, Rosenblatt has been documenting life and historical events through sculpture and large-scale installations for over 30 years. Many of his sculptures capture the unique characteristics and charms of Milwaukee people and places, and in a broader sense offer a window into culture and life composed of a mosaic of moments. Historic and momentous events inform Rosenblatt’s work as well – ripped from the news headlines physically emerge from newspaper and magazine pages with depth and dimensionality creating resonate connections spatially, emotionally and intellectually between viewer and narrative. This originally curated exhibit will celebrate the creative contributions and imaginative mind of this beloved, locally based artist. The retrospective of his work will feature some of his massive installations, including The Oriental Pharmacy Lunch Counter and My Balcony, a large-scale installation of Milwaukee denizens in the Oriental Theater balcony.

Programs under consideration include an insider’s tour of famous Eastside Milwaukee haunts, a Milwaukee-centered story telling night, a ceramic studio tour, a panel discussion on Milwaukee’s East and West side’s histories and a student exploration that pulls participants from throughout Milwaukee to create their artistic vision of Milwaukee.

We can’t wait to share the art, the history, the stories. Join us in these important conversations, with relevant issues for today and offering important context for understanding history. Your donation to the year-end fund ensures that these programs take place–to enrich adults and children alike; to promote critical conversations and to build empathy and build bridges.  Thank you, thank, thank you for your generosity and the staff and board of Jewish Museum Milwaukee looks forward to seeing a lot of you in 2017!