This fall, one of Florida’s most distinguished cultural institutions, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, will present a full lineup of rich programming, including the Southeast debut of “Hello Gorgeous,” celebrating the life and work of living legend Barbra Streisand; a retrospective from Pop-Art genius Martin Kreloff; and a treasure trove of Judaical artifacts from a beloved rabbi.
“Since our grand re-opening in April, our staff has been hard at work creating an exciting fall lineup of exhibitions and events that will continue to enliven our newly refurbished museum,” said executive director Susan Gladstone Pasternack.
“The result is representative of our creative spirit, and dedication to our work in telling the story of the Jews of Florida and presenting thought-provoking exhibitions to our guests and patrons.”
A full list of exhibitions can be found below:
On view Oct. 14, 2021 — Feb. 20, 2022
Hello Gorgeous, an eclectic exhibition of costumes, photos, videos, record album covers and other objects, celebrating the life and work of Barbra Streisand. JMOF-FIU, the exclusive southeast presenter, is proud to pay tribute to the iconic singer, actress, director, and producer in an original exhibition and an eclectic series of events. Exhibit organized by Bernard Museum, Temple Emanu-El, with a special thanks to Lou Papalas of Palm Springs, CA
“Martin Kreloff: A Retrospective”
On view Nov. 11, 2021 — March 2022
The site-specific installation will feature Marty Kreloff’s work painted directly on the museum walls, designed to accommodate the unique structural elements of the gallery. The show will also feature earlier “Pop Art-influenced” paintings, drawings, and new media works the artist is famous for. A long-time Miami resident, he is currently living and working in Las Vegas. The exhibition is sponsored by Merle & Danny Weiss
On view Nov. 28, 2021 — Feb. 2022
Festival of Lights is a compilation of menorahs, also known as hanukkiahs, from the 1st century BCE to today. Hailing from the collection of Rabbi Howard Berman, the exhibit is a comprehensive look at the different styles and materials of menorahs that Berman has sourced from around the world. The menorah, with its eight candles plus an additional one used to light them, symbolizes the Maccabean revolt around 165 BCE against the tyrannical Seleucid Emperor Antiochus IV and his Greco-Syrian army that were ruling Jerusalem. When the Maccabees retook the Jewish Holy Temple in Jerusalem, they found only one oil lamp left that had only enough oil to last one day. The lamp ended up lasting for eight days, until new oil could be found. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, known as the festival of lights, is the celebration of the revolt, with candle lighting lasting for eight days.