Milwaukee -- Jewish Museum Milwaukee, located at 1360 N. Prospect Avenue, will open an exhibit entitled Revealed: Private Collections from the Jewish Community on December 16, 2012. This originally-curated exhibition, which will run through February 28, 2013, uses collections loaned by members of Milwaukee’s Jewish community.
Collections provide insight into history, curiosities, experience, personal passions and values. This exhibit showcases hidden treasures, including fine art, Judaica and memorabilia from local collectors. The exhibit also takes on an interactive component with QR codes allowing visitors to see and hear the collectors telling the stories of their collections. Many of the collection pieces on display will make their public debut in this exhibit. Six out of the eighteen displayed collections will include:
• Artwork from Milwaukee Artist David Lenz, a locally based, nationally-recognized realist painter who took first prize in the 2006 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution with his unique portrait of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and representatives of the Special Olympics team; this was the first portrait the National Portrait Gallery ever commissioned of an individual who had not served as a U.S. President or First Lady.
• Chinese Snuff Bottles made from precious materials including porcelain, jade, ivory, coral, glass, metal and ceramic. Chinese snuff bottles were typically decorated with paintings or carvings, which distinguished bottles of different quality and value. Snuff bottles made their first appearance in the mid-1600s during the Qing Dynasty.
• Contemporary Glass Artwork including glass art by Madison artist Harvey Littleton, considered the father of Studio Glass, and artist Carol Perry, who is a student of Toots Zinsky, the first female glass blower and leader of the new glass movement for women.
• Art Deco Artwork and rare artistic objects like cigarette cases, makeup compacts and glass perfume bottles. Art Deco is an important visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s; examples of it’s far reaching influence can be seen in a wide range of forms, from everyday objects to art, furniture and architecture.
• Outsider Artwork or self-taught art which is art created beyond the boundaries of mainstream culture. Its artists are often associated with those who are self-taught and lack any formalist training or degrees. Simplicity is often a trademark of the style.
• Wisconsin Railroad Depots: In their retirement years, a Milwaukee couple made it their mission to document and collect images of 200 of the estimated 400 Wisconsin railroad depots.
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