All Are Welcome: Jewish Art Through the Eyes of Refugees. This exhibit exemplifies the Museum’s mission by showcasing the diverse collection of Jewish Artists that defied all odds and were able to share their voices through art. From Moses to Chagall and from Fried to Knigin, the Museum’s collection is full of Refugee imagery and artists.
“Air of Courage” by Michael Knigin.
“I was introduced to people at the Holocaust Museum in Yadvashem, Israel, who gave me access to their archives, so I photographed them at the museum,” Knigin said. “These were pictures of the victims in the camps, of revolts, deportation, ghettos, liberation and of Anne Frank,” he said. “Many of these pictures were taken by the German soldiers.” This picture depicts Jews in their homelands standing outside their business before the collection of Jews by the Nazi’s during the Holocaust. They are overshadowed by a large detour sign foreshadowing their departure from their homes to either a concentration camp or as a refugee to another land.
To quote the Museum’s Executive Director Drew Diamond “Our exhibit represents a view of the extensive history of the Jewish people both as refugees themselves and as champions of all refugees.”
This exhibit will be on display Now through Fall of 2017 in the Mildred and Julius Sanditen Gallery.