Upcoming Exhibitions

Now – May 14, 2017
This Light of Ours:
Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Matt Herron, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1963.

This Light of Ours presents the Southern Freedom Movement through the visions and voices of eight men and one woman who lived and worked in the South between 1963 and 1967. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these nine photographers lived within the movement and documented its activities by focusing on the local people and student activists who together made it happen. The 150+ photographs by Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama convey SNCC’s organizational strategies and development, resolve in the face of violence, impact on the nation’s politics, and influence of the nation’s consciousness. This Light of Ours expands public understanding of the Civil Rights Movement by presenting the actions and achievements of young organizers and “ordinary” people who fashioned a movement that changed America. The exhibition was organized by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art.


June 11 – August 6, 2017
Centuries of Childhood:
An American Story

Centuries of Childhood

Centuries of Childhood: An American Story is an interactive, hands-on, kid-friendly exhibit that charts the histories of five children and their families. Ranging from Jacob, the Jewish immigrant living in Cleveland to Michael, the African American youngster moving from the Deep South to Chicago, by chronicling the lives of these characters the exhibit helps kids connect the stories of American history to their own experiences.


September 12, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Beyond Chicken Soup:
Jews and Medicine in America  

Beyond Chicken Soup

For centuries, Jews have considered medicine a calling. Historians point out that “few occupations are as immediately linked to a group as medicine is to the Jews,” a connection that has become “the stuff of legend and stereotype, both positive and negative, and a source of pride, amusement, entertainment, and folklore.”
Beyond Chicken Soup illustrates how the field of medicine has at once been a vehicle for discrimination, acculturation and the strengthening Jewish identity. The Maltz Museum will feature the rich history of Northeast Ohio’s medical community including the unique role of Mt. Sinai Hospital and its trailblazers and milestones.