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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Exhibition Detail
Uncovered & Rediscovered: Jewish Modernists in Chicago
610 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

October 21st, 2012 - April 26th, 2013
October 21st, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
South Chicago (City Landscape), Todros GellerTodros Geller, South Chicago (City Landscape),
© Courtesy of the artist and Spertus
Michigan Ave/Downtown
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday 10am - 5pm, Thursday 10am - 6pm, Friday 10am - 3pm. Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Uncovered & Rediscovered is an evolving eight-part exhibit that explores the Chicago Jewish experience. The exhibit unfolds over time in a series of intimate chapters (each on display for 3-6 months in the ground floor vestibule of the Spertus building).

Exhibit admission, including a multi-media screening station on the second floor, is free.

This chapter shares the work of an influential group of Jewish artists active in Chicago between 1920 and 1945. Predominately Eastern European immigrants or first generation Americans, many began their careers during the Great Depression as painters for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Modernists, as they were called, painted from personal experience and were influenced by the energy of Chicago's growing metropolis. See works by Todros Geller, A. Raymond Katz, Mitchell Siporin, Fritzi Brod, and others, and learn the stories of places they gathered including Hull House, the Jewish People's Institute, and Around the Palette (the forerunner of the American Jewish Artists Club).

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