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Collecting Local: 10 New Acquisitions

Collecting Local: 10 New Acquisitions

Sunday, March 9, 2014 to Sunday, August 24, 2014

First floor vestibule gallery.
Admission is free.

Join us to view important new additions to our collection, additions that reflect Spertus Institute’s commitment to preserving local Jewish art, artifacts, and the stories they tell.

Featured objects include a monumental abstract painting by a young refugee from Danzig who went on to become the doyenne of the Chicago art scene, a whimsical papercut ketubbah with some very unconventional imagery, pendant portraits of two of Chicago’s earliest Jewish settlers, copper printing plates from an artist who got his start at the 57th Street Art Fair, a precious antique Haggadah collected by the physician who delivered 5000 Chicago babies, and a lithograph marking the Chicago unveiling of Chagall’s beloved Four Seasons mosaic.

Exhibits at Spertus are supported in part by the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

Image at left

Portrait of Samuel Straus
Christian F. Schwerdt, ca. 1870
Oil on canvas

Visitor Info

Sunday-Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
Thursday 10 am-6 pm
Friday 10 am-3 pm

Closed Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays. MORE>

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610 S Michigan Ave, Chicago
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View an interview with artist Vera Klement made to mark the addition of one of her monumental paintings to the Spertus Institute collection. Titled Plus and Minus: Homage to Mondrian’s painting of the same name, this work was painted in 1994 and donated to Spertus Institute last year by Jeffrey Stevens. It can be seen as part of the Collecting Local exhibit. WATCH>