art exhibitions

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.

Rube Goldberg

OCTOBER 14 – JANUARY 31, 2022

Split between our two locations (Sabes Center Minneapolis & Capp Center St. Paul) the Rube Goldberg exhibition marks our first IN-PERSON exhibits in over a year. Simplicity Made Complex features the breadth of Goldberg’s life and career, with emphasis on his trademark machines that perform simple tasks through exhaustively complex means. The second exhibit, Complexity Made Simple takes an inverse view of Goldberg’s work, focusing on his political cartooning, and ability to distill a complex geopolitical landscape into a single image.

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While we can’t gather in person, our community continues to be creative and to create wonderful art. Check out the virtual exhibitions below, brought to you by 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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