Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz

Opening July 12 at the Maltz Museum


Cleveland, Ohio – June 17, 2011 – In 2008, photographer David Bergholz and his wife, writer Eleanor Mallet, spent two weeks in Tel Aviv. They walked everywhere, and Bergholz came home with more than 700 images.  From a base in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, they found many visual surprises around the city, a place often short-changed in the usual tourist itinerary.


Walking Tel Aviv, a selection of some of those images, opens July 12, 2011 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. The Museum showcases a range of art, history, popular culture, social justice and regional interest exhibitions, in addition to two permanent collections.


“The photos show a vibrant metropolis of great energy and quirky beauty, contrasts of wealth and decay and a distinct sketchiness in infrastructure that is both charming and a little scary,” said Bergholz.  “The complex architecture and ecology of cities intrigues me,” he continued. “Each has its own mix of buildings, arrangement of utilities and streets and landscape. As citizens create their lives, each of these places becomes a unique intertwining of order and chaos. In this regard, Tel Aviv, the engine of Israel’s commerce and innovation, is especially compelling.”


A fine arts photographer, Bergholz has exhibited at SPACES, Heights Arts, Murray Hill Galleries, LLC (NEO+1), The Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Firelands Association for the Visual Arts in Oberlin and the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Executive Director of the George Gund Foundation for 14 years, Bergholz serves on the board of Policy Matters Ohio and was a founding board member of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the public body that awards grants to the arts.


“We’re always looking for artists who bring something new to a subject, and take a different perspective,” said museum executive director Judi Feniger.  “Dave’s range of experiences and eye for composition combine to form an interesting study of an ever-changing city.”


“These photos present some of my impressions of this fascinating city,” says Bergholz, “a place I have added to my list of powerful, exciting urban communities I would return to in a minute.” Bergholz will lead a “Maltz Museum Members Only” artist gallery talk on Thursday, July 28 at 2pm.  Reservations are required.


The exhibition closes Sunday, August 21, 2011.


About Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage: The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance

Opened in 2005, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage introduces visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience, promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion and culture and builds bridges of tolerance and understanding with people of all religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds.  It includes An American Story, tracing Ohio’s immigrant history and heritage, and The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, an internationally-recognized collection of Judaica.  One admission fee includes unlimited access, and all levels of membership include unlimited admission.


The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.