Celebrate American Jewish Heritage Month with New Exhibits and Installations from Weitzman

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The National Weitzman Museum of American Jewish History has reopened with all-new exhibits and facilities, and a mission to use art to raise questions about important social issues.

Weitzman’s grounds are teeming with art, color and culture.

“You’ll see in our atrium, a series of fists,” says Josh Perelman, chief curator at the National Weitzman Museum of American Jewish History.

The work is called Able.

“In reference to when Apple diversified the colors of emojis,” Perelman explains.

It is part of a new exhibition by contemporary artist Jonathan Horowitz titled The future will follow the past.

“Someone who maneuvers through POP Art, through issues of social justice,” says Perelman.

Rainbow Glitter American Flag by Horowitz refers to the American Flag series by Jasper John.

“To own the idea of ​​America, as a home for people of all faiths and backgrounds,” says Perelman.

The reopening is designed to tell the story of the last two years of the pandemic.

“We are thrilled to open a new chapter,” said Emily August, head of public engagement at The Weitzman.

And to celebrate American Jewish Heritage Month in May.

“Our museum is honored to lead the national effort, we organize programs,” says August.

There is now a giant 8 x 16 foot OY/YO sculpture by Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass.

“It’s from Philadelphia. It’s a greeting, it means ‘I’ in Spanish. It’s in Yiddish, ‘Boy, my back hurts’ like, ‘Oy, the pandemic,'” August says .

A piece by Nicholas Galanin titled Indian Land alludes to the iconic Hollywood sign.

“This sign was originally supposed to say Hollywood Land, promoting a new, segregated community,” Perelman says.

The museum’s works address issues such as anti-Semitism, racial violence, homophobia, women’s rights and COVID.

“It’s a museum of American history through the lens of the Jewish experience,” August says.

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101 South Independence Mall East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

The future will follow the past by Jonathan Horowitz on view until December 2022

Admission to the museum is free in the near future, donations are accepted

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