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art exhibitions archive

The Minnesota JCCs are the home for many wonderful art exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists. The Tychman Shapiro Gallery at the Sabes Center Minneapolis and the newly renovated Herman J. Birnberg Fine Art Gallery at the Capp Center St. Paul, are premier destinations for Jewish arts and culture.

The Shmita Project

An Exploration of the Biblical Sabbatical Tradition in the Modern World

JUNE 13 – AUGUST 10, 2022
Minnesota JCC Sabes Center*
& Capp Center Galleries

The current Hebrew year, 5782, is a shmita year. Shmita means “release” in Hebrew and refers to the seventh year in a seven-year cycle (like the seven-day cycle culminating in Shabbat). According to the Torah, during the seventh year, God commands us to let the land rest, release debts, resolve disputes, and to open our hands and hearts to those in need. The Shmita Project, a project of Hazon, asks us to consider: how do we bring this tradition alive in an era when we no longer rely on the rhythms and harvest of our fields to survive?

Featuring submissions to Hazon’s Shmita Project, this multimedia exhibit showcases artwork from all over the country with related programming that will engage the community with the art and provide opportunities to gain their own personal insights about shmita.

*SABES CENTER GALLERY VISITING HOURS:
We apologize for any inconvenience but due to current staffing shortages, please call the front desk at 952.381.3400 before arriving to ensure the gallery is open.

The St. Paul Jewish Federation presents

Landscapes of Home: Visions of Sovev Kinneret

Featuring work by Israeli artists Amos Yaskil, Yuval Gasser, Chaim Moreno,
Oshri Vizman and local artist, Linda Passon-McNally

APRIL 25 – MAY 31, 2022
Minnesota JCC Sabes Center & Capp Center Galleries

The Sovev Kinneret region in Israel is filled with natural beauty. Through vibrant prints and captivating photographs, this exhibit offers a window on this landscape and its diverse population.

Partnership2Gether (P2G) creates a living bridge between the Jews of Israel and World Jewry to strengthen Jewish identity and form a strong, stable and united global community. P2G is designed to cultivate people-to-people relationships, projects and professional programs between St. Paul and our partner region, Sovev Kinneret, in Israel. Volunteers from St. Paul collaborate with our Israeli counterparts to plan these exchanges. Contact the St. Paul Jewish Federation if you would like to participate in P2G.

RELATED EVENT:

Exhibit Opening Reception: May 2  • Sabes Center Minneapolis
6 – 8 PM (Artist Talk with photographer Linda Passon-McNally at 7 PM)

Presented by the St. Paul Jewish Federation along with The Jewish Agency For Israel, Partnership2Gether and the Minnesota JCC.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS

Visit our online virtual exhibits from the comfort of your home, featuring the works of local Twin Cities Artists.

Brokenness & Wholeness

Jewish Artist’ Laboratory

The Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, an arts initiative that explores specific themes through study and art making, brings together a diverse group of artists who have an interest in the relationship between Jewish thought and creativity. Each artist partnered with someone of a younger generation, expanding their learning and creativity. Brokenness & Wholeness is the product of an emotional year in search of inner peace.

 Generously funded in part by the Covenant Foundation

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Muddy Waters

Climate change, the environment and what we can learn from Jewish texts.

Muddy Waters explores a wide array of pressing environmental issues using a diverse breadth of art forms. These new works comment both subtly and overtly on the current state of our planet, our responsibility to serve as activists and how art plays a key role in making change. Through Jewish text study and shared inspiration, an outgrowth of ideas were fostered and captured in the works that inform this timely exhibition.

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Visual Prayer

New works by the Interfaith Artist Circle

The Interfaith Artist Circle of the Twin Cities is a group of visual artists who pursue art as a spiritual journey. Originally founded in 2005 as the Jewish Women Artists’ Circle, the group now includes women artists from multiple faiths. The exhibit, Visual Prayer is the creative exploration of prayer through images, finding commonality and connectivity as well as diversity among religions. This exhibit was curated by Aimee Orkin, a Judaic artist and teacher who embarked on a one year sabbatical studying prayer with rabbis, scholars and cantors. “We hope our interfaith exhibits in the community will inspire collaboration among all faiths,” states Aimee Orkin.

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Shalom Bayit
(Peace in the Home)

The Minnesota JCC hope you enjoy this unique online exhibition featuring artworks from our own community on the theme of Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home). This foundational Jewish principle takes on new meaning in our current landscape, and as more and more communities around the globe have been sheltering-in-place, we are redefining what home is and what is means to have peace in the home.

Shalom Bayit is an ongoing practice – the intention is to create a sanctuary, a place that feels welcoming, calm and safe.

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