Past Exhibits

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist

March 13, 2016 – June 19, 2016

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a twentieth-century pioneer and trailblazer. The photographs in this exhibition span more than fifty years, from her groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s. more »

Auto | Biography

July 1 – November 8, 2015

Automobiles are integral to our individual and collective stories: becoming American and building community, making a living and enjoying the fruits of our labor, moving West and exploring its landscape and establishing roots to create our own unique identity. Auto/Biography examines car culture through the collective memory of Oregon’s Jewish community. more »

On Transience

September 10 – November 1, 2015

The transient nature of the immigrant experience, in place and emotion, inspired Friderike Heuer to photograph objects in transition. Her montages of materials found in steelyards, trashcans, recycling centers, junk stores and shipyards, bring to mind the Jewish scrap peddlers from Eastern Europe who began to arrive in Oregon in the early 1900s. more »

Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age

October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014

On a Saturday morning in 1922 – just two years after the historic vote that guaranteed American women the right to vote – Judith Kaplan, daughter of Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan, became the first American girl to mark her bat mitzvah during a public worship service. Through photographs, stories, audio, and artifacts, the traveling exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age illustrates the determination of girls, their parents, and their rabbis to challenge and change communal values and practice and institute this now widely-performed Jewish ritual that has helped to reshape American Judaism. more »

Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper
by Alex Hirsch

October 9, 2013 - January 5, 2014

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Buy Tickets   Add to Calendar /experience/meditations-on-equilibrium-works-in-glass-and-paper-by-alex-hirsch 10/09/2013 10:00:00 AM 01/05/2014 10:00:00 AM 6 OJM Event - Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper
by Alex Hirsch
“Each dot is linked to a thought, an intention, a breath, a prayer, a wish, a moment, a commitment, a larger system, a step into the unknown, a risk, an effort, a giving over, a communion.” – Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece.
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“Each dot is linked to a thought, an intention, a breath, a prayer, a wish, a moment, a commitment, a larger system, a step into the unknown, a risk, an effort, a giving over, a communion.” – Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece. more »

Settling In

May 8, 2013 – September 29, 2013

Produced in partnership with the Immigration Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Settling In showcases the shared experiences of two waves of immigrants who arrived in Oregon a century apart: Russian and Eastern European Jews in the early 1900s and contemporary immigrants from Burma, Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, and Somalia. Through artifacts, photographs, audio, and video, Settling In reveals the similarities and differences between the struggles and triumphs that have shaped these immigrant experiences. more »

L’Dor v’Dor – Three Generations Through the Lens

December 6, 2012 – February 3, 2013

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Buy Tickets   Add to Calendar /experience/l-dor-v-dor-three-generations-through-the-lens 6 OJM Event - L’Dor v’Dor – Three Generations Through the Lens L’Dor V’Dor features the works of grandfather, father, and daughter, highlighting photography as a vital means of connection, an artful process of guidance and learning, and a true expression of love. Neale Creamer taught photography to his daughter Alissa when she was five years old. From her father, Alissa learned to look through the lens with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Neale’s teacher had been his own father, Maurice, from whom he learned photography as a child. Maurice began his lifelong devotion to amateur photography in the early 1900s. Maurice’s photographic images bring to light a life-in-progress as a child of Jewish immigrants. Together, the family’s photographic work expresses the individual artistic personality of each artist, as well as revealing the connections between them. OJM info@ojm.org true MM/DD/YYYY | RSVP

L’Dor V’Dor features the works of grandfather, father, and daughter, highlighting photography as a vital means of connection, an artful process of guidance and learning, and a true expression of love. Neale Creamer taught photography to his daughter Alissa when she was five years old. From her father, Alissa learned to look through the lens with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Neale’s teacher had been his own father, Maurice, from whom he learned photography as a child. Maurice began his lifelong devotion to amateur photography in the early 1900s. Maurice’s photographic images bring to light a life-in-progress as a child of Jewish immigrants. Together, the family’s photographic work expresses the individual artistic personality of each artist, as well as revealing the connections between them. more »

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

October 17, 2012 - January 13, 2013

While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium has thus far gone relatively unexplored. Graphic Details is a groundbreaking exhibition that provides the first in-depth look at Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books, and graphic novels presents the powerful work of eighteen artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades. more »

Willa Schneberg - The Books of Esther

September 12, 2012 – November 25, 2012

Willa Schneberg’s mother, Esther, a first generation American, was a survivor of larynx cancer, and wrote what she would normally speak. Willa utilizes ceramic sculpture, photographs, audio, and personal objects to reveal how memory, language, Jewish identity, work, disability, and aging shape a life. The Books of Esther embodies the essential contribution of written language to our communication, and shows how one woman’s need to communicate trumped her disability. more »

Sarah Horowitz – Effigies

June 7 – September 7, 2012

In Effigies, an ink-drawn artist book, Sarah Horowitz creates a dialog between language and image, and between her Jewish heritage and her life as a book artist. Drawing inspiration from a Paul Auster poem, the book expresses Horowitz’s process of learning to understand her ancestors’ story as her own. Effigies reminds us that remembering and understanding our history is critical to finding balance in the world. more »