April 12 – September 7, 2015
Baseball & Becoming American
Baseball’s legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. This exhibition, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities.
Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American was created by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Major support was also provided by the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation; the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation; the Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation; the Marc and Diane Spilker Foundation; Leesa & Leon Wagner; The Wagner Family Foundation; Harriet and Larry Weiss; Judy and Fred Wilpon; and Sam Wisnia.
It is presented by Cleveland Indians, University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center and The Treu-Mart Fund.
This installation wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche of North Olmsted; Audrey and Albert Ratner; Swagelok; Susan and John Turben Foundation; Stephen and Penni Weinberg; Cohen & Company; FirstMerit Bank; Lake County Captains; Barb and Abe Miller; Alvin and Laura Siegal; Akron RubberDucks; Baseball Heritage Museum; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Cleveland Scene Magazine; Corky & Lenny’s; Enterprise Corp.; Grant and Jennifer Dinner; Donald and Lynn-Ann Gries; Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP; David B. Malik; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA.; and Robert and Brenda Weltman
Additional backing for Chasing Dreams is provided by Jim Biggar; Michael and Cindy Duber; Lottie, Rachel and Anita Gray; Ned Grossman; Jack and Minda (z”l) Jaffe; Harvey Kotler; Stephen Spiegle; and Fred Weisman.
The Maltz Museum is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
October 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Violins of Hope
Amnon Weinstein has spent the last two decades lovingly restoring violins that survived the Holocaust. He dedicates this important work to the 400 relatives he never knew. Although many of the musicians who originally played the violins were silenced by the Nazis, when a bow moves across one of these instruments today, their spirit lives on. The historic violins have been played in concerts from Jerusalem to Berlin and Charlotte, NC, and provide a rare opportunity to explore unique stories behind each instrument and the individuals who owned them. Approximately 20 of the violins will be part of this 4,000-square-foot exhibition that illustrates both the strength of the human spirit and the power of music.
The poignant multimedia exhibition is being co-curated by James Grymes, professor of musicology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and author of the recently released book, Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. It is part of Violins of Hope Cleveland, a community-wide collaboration that aims to inform, educate and inspire through a diverse range of performances, lectures, an exhibition and other public programming. Violins of Hope Cleveland partners are The Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Facing History and Ourselves, ideastream, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. For more information, please visit violinsofhopecle.org.