Author:Bolz, Diane M.

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

More than 100 artifacts elucidate the life, work, Jewish identity and social activism of the charismatic conductor and composer. The show, which marks the 100th anniversary of Bernstein's birth, is the first large-scale museum exhibition to cover the life and career of the famed artist. Featured items include the maestro's piano, conducting suit, easel for studying scores and composing, and the annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet that he used in the development of West Side Story. Also included are archival recordings, documentary footage and such family heirlooms as the mezuzah that hung in his studio and the Hebrew prayer book he carried with him when he traveled. The exhibition illustrates how Bernstein's approach to music was influenced by the political and social issues of his day and highlights what he referred to as his "search for a solution to the 20th-century crisis of faith."

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA

Through September 2, 2018

Stranded in Shanghai:

Arthur Rothstein's Photographs of the Hongkew Ghetto, 1946

Some 20,000 European Jews escaped death by seeking refuge during World War II in the Japanese-occupied sector of Shanghai. After the war, Arthur Rothstein became the chief photographer in China for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. He had previously worked as a social documentary photographer for the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Look magazine. During April of 1946 he photographed the community of European Jewish refugees in the Hongkew district of Shanghai, capturing images that brought into focus issues of class, poverty and discrimination. The photographs, which are one of the only remaining visual records of this refugee crisis, have resonance today vis-a-vis displacement and illuminate the collective experience and lives of the individuals who found sanctuary in Shanghai.

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Miami Beach, FL

Through May 20, 2018

Diane Arbus: A Box of Ten Photographs

This is the first exhibition to feature the portfolio that photographer Diane Arbus was working on at the end of her life. The rare set often images, which established the basis for Arbus's extraordinary posthumous career, is pivotal to the transition she was making away from magazine work and key to the growing recognition of photography as a "serious" art form. Arbus completed the printing of eight known sets of a planned edition of 50 by the...

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