Special Exhibitions

About the Right of Being Different
April 1 – June 26, 2011

Project Mah Jonng

Exhibition History

The Jewish Journey: Frederic Brenner’s Photographic Odyssey
November 12, 2005—January 8, 2006
From Rome to New York, Sarajevo to Jerusalem, French photographer Frederic Brenner chronicles the Jewish Diaspora in more than 40 countries across five continents. His stunning images challenge traditional stereotypes and portray the scope and variety of Jewish life at the end of the twentieth century.

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Righteous Person’s Foundation and other generous friends of the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition at the Maltz Museum is made possible by the generous support of National City.

Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land
April 1—October 22, 2006
An extraordinary collection of Christian and Jewish biblical treasures, on view in the United States for the first time, this blockbuster exhibition features archeological artifacts deeply significant to religious beliefs and practices today—including important Dead Sea Scrolls.

Excavated in Israel, these artifacts come together to reveal a story of intertwined roots and shared history. Cradle of Christianity examines two periods of major consequence for Christianity and Judaism, inviting visitors to explore the final days of the Second Temple—a time when Jesus of Nazareth lived—and discover the shared history of Christianity and Judaism as they developed in the Holy Land side by side.

Organized by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, Ohio and made possible in part by the generous support of Glenmede, KeyBank, Ulmer and Berne LLP, Wachovia Securities, Mellon, RMS McGladrey, George Blumenthal and the Center for Online Judaic Studies, and The Gries Family.

Threads of Remembrance: Artistic Visions of the Holocaust
December 13, 2006—February 18, 2007
The tragedy of the Holocaust has never been portrayed more forcefully than in the series of 45 unforgettable wall hangings by internationally-renowned artist Judith Weinshall Liberman. With consummate skill, profound emotion and a remarkable depth of understanding, Liberman creates a world of fear, loss, hope and redemption in works of fabric—works that raise questions demanding reflection and self-exploration by all who view them.

Accompanying the wall hangings is a selection of portraits from 50 Faces, a photographic documentary by acclaimed Cleveland photographer Herbert Ascherman, Jr. that captures faces and stories of Northeast Ohio Holocaust survivors, POWs and concentration camp liberators.

Made possible through the loan of the Holocaust Wall Hangings from the collection of The Temple Museum of Religious Art at The Temple-Tifereth Israel and 50 Faces from the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Jewish + Female=Athlete: Portraits of Strength from Around the World
March 26—April 17, 2007
The Maltz Museum celebrates women in sports with a special exhibition panel on view as Cleveland hosts the 2007 NCAA Women’s Final Four tournament. Jewish + Female=Athlete shares stories and pictures of 26 outstanding female Jewish athletes. These women faced many trials and tribulations to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Presented by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and locally coincides with the Women Rock series of community programs sponsored by The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

Masterpieces of European Painting from the Cleveland Museum of Art
March 29—July 8, 2007
A selection of extraordinary paintings from the Renaissance through Romanticism by world- renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, El Greco and more. Recently featured at The Frick Collection in New York, many of these important paintings have not been on view in Cleveland for more than two years due to the expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Organized by The Cleveland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Presenting Sponsor: KeyBank.

The Nancy G. Brinker Collection of Hungarian Art –
Works of Passion, Interludes and Progress
July 29 – August 19, 2007
This stunning collection of contemporary art makes it U.S. premiere at The Maltz. Spanning from just before the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the present, the art mirrors Hungary’s tumultuous past, with portraits, emotion-filled genre scenes, landscapes, abstracts and group scenes, some reminiscent of the Impressionist and Cubist movements.

The Honorable Nancy G. Brinker began this collection while Ambassador to Hungary. She took her post soon after September 11, 2001, and unable to receive artwork from home, invited Budapest artists to display their work in the American Residence. She came to love the art of Hungary, and returning home decided to tour her collection to give visibility to the artists and provide a creative new method of support for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which she founded in memory of her sister, Suzy.

Accompanying the exhibition, a three-week celebration of Hungarian art and culture featured food, music, displays of embroidery and porcelain and Hungarian books and literature.

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
September 25, 2007 – January 20, 2008
From 1933 to 1945, Nazi Germany’s government led by Adolf Hitler promoted a nationalism that combined territorial expansion with claims of biological superiority, promoting an “Aryan master race”. Enlisting physicians, geneticists, psychiatrists and anthropologists who believed that the control of heredity could enhance the human race, they implemented public health and population policies aimed at “cleansing” German society of biological threats. Victims included not only Jews, deemed “racially foreign”, but also mentally ill and disabled persons, homosexuals, and others seen as sources of “biological degeneration.”

‘Science as salvation’ in the years leading up to and during the Holocaust is explored in this traveling exhibition that features fascinating objects, photographs, film footage and eyewitness and survivor testimonies to tell a chilling story.

Where Would You Draw the Line?
Eugenics didn’t begin and end in Germany; it was an international phenomenon, supported by scientists in many places, including America. Disagreements on eugenics echo today in heated debates on stem cell research, cloning, designer babies, assisted suicide and other subjects.

Accompanying Deadly Medicine, the Maltz Museum created a look at today’s pressing medical issues, in which visitors ponder various aspects of current medical ethics issues and then cast their own votes. More than 5,000 votes were cast in the gallery and online. A range of educational programs and panels further explores correlations between the past and the present.

Loaned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Where Would You Draw the Line? created by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Sponsored locally by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Forest City Enterprises, The Lerner Foundation, The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Medical Mutual, The Murphy Foundation, Saint Luke’s Foundation and University Hospitals.

Israel: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
April 8 – June 29, 2008
Israel: 60 Years – Memorable Photographs by members of the Magnum Photo Agency
The history of modern Israel is the latest chapter in what Abba Eban once called “the miracle and mystery of Jewish history – self preservation, resonance, suffering and renewal.” The Sixtieth Anniversary of its 1948 founding offers a cause for celebration and a pause for reflection. This exhibition features 60 stunning photographs in black-and-white and color.

The Magnum Photo Agency was launched as a photographer’s cooperative in the aftermath of World War II, only a few months prior to the birth of the State of Israel in 1948. The exhibition includes photographs of three of Magnum’s founding fathers, Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour and George Rodger. Capa and Seymour, themselves Jewish émigrés from central Europe, shared an enormous enthusiasm for the struggle of the new arrivals and covered the story with deep affection. Israel’s struggles and triumphs, tears and laughter, have been recorded in each subsequent decade by leading lights in Magnum’s international roster of photojournalists whose work is included.

Israel: A Look Forward
Tomorrow’s Technology and Northeast Ohio’s Role
To accompany Israel: 60 Years, The Maltz Museum created a look at Israel’s present and future through the lens of innovation in technology, medicine and agriculture. Today, Israel has the second-highest number of companies listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, behind only North America – for such a small country, a formidable achievement. Many Northeast-Ohio-based supporters, investors, communities and organizations are at the forefront of developing and promoting Israeli technological innovation; their accomplishments are showcased here.

Hopes and Dreams: Remembering the Birth of the State of Israel
A Film by Steven Hacker
A personal look back at the founding of the state of Israel, commissioned by the Maltz Museum, features interviews with 11 people and their recollections of this historic milestone – featuring Etta Burger, Zev Harel, Ph.D., Harold Isaacs, Milton Maltz, Sam Miller, The Most Reverent Anthony M. Pilla, Leatrice Rabinsky, Albert Ratner, Congressman Louis Stokes, Senator George Voinovich and Donna Yanowitz.

Presented by Signature Sponsors Forest City Enterprises, Jewish Community Federation/Israel at 60, John P. Murphy Foundation and National City Bank; Benefactor Sponsor The Wuliger Family; and Patron Sponsors AmTrust and RSM McGladrey; with support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Humanities Council and the Ruth G. and Sam H. Sampliner Fund of the Jewish Community Federation. Music accompanying the exhibition compiled by The Cleveland Orchestra.

Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero:
The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938 – 1950
September 16, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Visitors are immersed in an interactive world of Superheroes and illuminated to the creative processes that drove their mostly-Jewish creators to provide America with timeless icons such as Superman, Batman, Captain America and Wonder Woman. The Maltz Museum presents this exhibition with a proud nod to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Glenville High School students who created Superman, and their importance in the development of comic book art and narrative.

In addition to rare, never-before-displayed comic book art and memorabilia, the exhibition features 1940s serials, video interviews, a vintage, child-sized Batmobile ride, an interactive phone booth, a drawing studio, and try-on superhero costumes for children.

Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Irv & Gloria Fine, RSM McGladrey and ShoreBank and ongoing support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Enemy Within: Terror in America, 1776-Today
April 3 – August 16, 2009
From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, The Enemy Within provides unprecedented perspective into terror on American soil. The exhibition uncovers forgotten stories of domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals and saboteurs who have threatened America’s sense of security over the past 200 years. It explores how we identify enemies, and how we keep the country safe without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.

Travel through time to discover dramatic stories and see artifacts, replicas, historic photographs and film footage, interactive displays, polls, video and much more.

Created and loaned by the International Spy Museum, and presented with support from the Citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and The Ohio Arts Council, and media sponsorship from WJW-FOX8.

Cleveland: A Celebration of Cultures
October 1 – 31, 2009 (return engagement February, 2010)
Celebrate Cleveland’s cultural heritage with an exhibition on the delightful Cleveland Cultural Gardens; artifacts, costumes and items from various cultures and traditions; and events, activities, food and performances throughout the month.  From African American, Irish and German settlers in the early 1800s  to Italian, Hungarian, Chinese, Polish, Ukrainian and many others in the mid and late 1800s and since, Cleveland draws strength and interest from our diverse mix of ethnic populations and neighborhoods.

Leo Weidenthal, editor of The Jewish Independent, felt each of the city’s national communities should have a garden site, and conceived the Cultural Gardens in the early 1900s.  The celebration promotes the Museum’s mission of building bridges of understanding with other cultures, and  ties in with the Museum’s permanent collection, An American Story, tracking the arrival of immigrants and the region’s
early settlers and neighborhoods, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel gallery with 180 priceless artifacts and art from around the world.

World War Posters from the Berger Family Art Collection
February 3 – March 9, 2010
During both world wars, our nation used posters to recruit, raise funds and exhort civilians to conserve.  A collection of vintage war propaganda posters, shown together for the first time at the Maltz Museum, World War Posters features exquisitely designed examples of wartime and period art. Often created by famous illustrators like Howard Chandler Christy and James Montgomery Flagg, these posters are prized for their rarity, use of color and creative use of imagery.

Loaned by The Berger Family from their private collection.

Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
May 9 – August 28, 2010
A stunning chronicle of the brave and innovative women who played a significant role in shaping our nation, Women & Spirit reveals the remarkable story of pioneering women who established schools, hospitals and other enduring institutions and continue to work for peace and social justice. First arriving on America’s shores almost 300 years ago, Catholic sisters built and led schools, hospitals, orphanages, colleges, and other social institutions at a time when women had few professional opportunities. This fascinating compilation of first-person accounts, rare artifacts, compelling films and important photographs reveals a new perspective on American history, and includes a section of local artifacts and stories from Northeast Ohio.

Women with Spirit, a portion of the exhibition produced by the Maltz Museum, consists of a wall of quotes and a short film by local director Steven Hacker. The quotes are from women throughout history in the areas of faith, determination and service. Space is available for guests to add their thoughts on a woman they admire. In the film, nine women from Northeast Ohio were interviewed by Mr. Hacker to explore how women today integrate their beliefs into their lives and work. The cast features Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Representative Marcia L. Fudge and Rabbi Sharon Marcus.

A project of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in association with Cincinnati Museum Center. It comes to Cleveland through the generosity of lead sponsors Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, Notre Dame College, PNC and Ursuline College/Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, with support from The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Marymount Hospital/Cleveland Clinic, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Samuel H. and Maria Miller Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and The Thomas and Sandra Sullivan Family.

The Nazi Olympics Berlin 1936
October 19, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Nazi Olympics takes a stunning look at how world politics, sports, and racism converged in Germany. The exhibition explores the issues surrounding the 1936 Games–the Nazis’ use of propaganda, the intense boycott debate, the history of the torch run, the historic performance of Jesse Owens, and more. Video testimonials from Olympians and boycotters will be featured, along with an original torch from that year’s Games, historical photographs and film footage. The Maltz Museum has added several items of Owens’ personal memorabilia, courtesy of The Ohio State University’s collection, including his diary from the voyage to Berlin, one of his gold medals and a trophy won at East Tech High School in 1932.

Presented by the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians, with support from KeyCorp.

About The Right of Being Different: The Art of Diversity and Inclusion at Progressive
April 1 – June 26, 2011
For the first time outside of their corporate offices, the Mayfield Village-headquartered insurance company is displaying About The Right of Being Different: The Art of Diversity and Inclusion at Progressive for an exclusive engagement at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Presented by Baker & Hostetler LLP, this provocative exhibition of contemporary art explores themes of diversity and tolerance, asking tough questions about our personal viewpoints and prejudices.

The artworks in the exhibition range from more traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture to the up-to-date technology of video installation. Works from well-established artists with international recognition will share space with pieces from emerging artists, including local talent. All of the works in the exhibition will challenge and enlighten visitors.

This exhibition is presented through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor Baker Hostetler with support from The Alvin, Lottie, Rachel and Azzizi Gray Fund, Toby Devan Lewis and Stewart and Donna Kohl. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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