World Premiere Exhibition Coming to the Maltz Museum

Dreyfus_web-smCLEVELAND, OH (September 4, 2013) This October, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will world premiere an immersive exhibition centered in 1890s Paris.  TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair will bring to life the famous case that altered media, politics, and society for the 20th century and beyond.  The exhibition is scheduled to open at the Maltz Museum October 8, 2013 and run through January 2014.

Traitor is being developed by Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum exhibition design firm responsible for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, the Gallery One exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Grammy Museum in L.A., and the revisioning of Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv, Israel.   In addition, Gallagher & Associates have collaborated with Maltz Museum founder Milton Maltz on many projects such as the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC and the Maltz Museum. 

A collaborative exhibition with the University of Pennsylvania’s Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair, Traitor examines Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer who was sent to life imprisonment on Devil’s Island through a false charge of treason sanctioned by the government of France and promoted viciously by the country’s anti-Semitic media.  The design team of Gallagher and Associates are excited about creating a dramatic exhibit around the controversial Dreyfus Affair.  Through utilization of dramatic graphics and unique artifacts that represent “a trial by headlines” – and in contrast highlighting the pro-Dreyfus artists such as Monet and Pissarro – visitors will be transported to Paris of the late 1890′s.  “But the greatest interest for young visitors will be the relevance of the content today” says Cybelle Jones, Gallagher & Associates Studio Director.  “Through polling interactives, we can show the importance of being an ‘up stander’ when it comes to the court of public opinion.”

WHO: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
WHAT: Opening Traitor – Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair, an exhibition developed exclusively for the Maltz Museum
WHERE: 2929 Richmond Rd. Beachwood, OH 44122
WHEN: October 8, 2013 – January 2014
HOW: Free with general Museum admission; to schedule a guided-tour for a group of 10 or more, call 216.593.0575

Signature Sponsors: Case Western Reserve UniversityInternational Spy MuseumJewish Federation of ClevelandPorter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Audrey & Albert Ratner
Benefactor Sponsors: BakerHostetler; Cohen & Company; Robert & Ita KleinAlan & Karen Krause Thompson Hine LLPUlmer & Berne LLP; Donna Yanowitz; Zack Bruell Events
Patron Sponsors: Anonymous; Marilyn B. Cagin; Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. – Injury Lawyers; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Gries; Stewart & Donna Kohl; David B. Malik, Esq; Dick and Pat Pogue; Barbara S. Robinson; Mr. & Mrs. Sanford Shore; Weston Hurd

The Maltz Museum is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund the Maltz Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

About Gallagher & Associates
Gallagher & Associates is an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm with offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Singapore. The firm has been recognized repeatedly over the years for its creativity and collaborative working style.  Their staff of multi-disciplinary designers prides itself on creating highly successful visitor experiences through museum master planning and exhibition design, environmental graphics, brand management and media programming/development.                           

About The Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair
Housed in the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the collection comprises over 1,000 items documenting the history of the Dreyfus Affair and its impact on the art, society, and politics of France and the modern world.  Assembled by Dr. Lorraine Beitler as a resource for scholars, a teaching collection for students, and as a traveling exhibition designed to stimulate discussion of the issues of prejudice, racism, and social injustice in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, it has been exhibited around the world at more than 20 venues since 1994. The Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair was gifted to the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in October, 2002.