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PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits

The Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.

During your next visit to the PJCC stop by our gallery located in our lobby and in the Koret Learning Center hall. Exhibits are free and open to the public!

The PJCC Art Gallery Presents

JEWISH TREASURES OF THE CARIBBEAN

JEWISH TREASURES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Photographs by Wyatt Gallery
January 11—March 28, 2017

About the Exhibit

Jewish Treasures of The Caribbean photographically highlights the little-known history of the earliest Jewish communities of the New World, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. These synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, the oldest in the Western hemisphere, beautifully exemplify the strength of the Jewish people as well as the surprisingly diverse cultural history of the Caribbean.

Now facing possible extinction, the mainly Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution and finance the first synagogues in the United States, located in New York City and Rhode Island.

In the 1600s and 1700s, the West Indies became a place of salvation for Sephardic Jews who had fled to Amsterdam after the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. Although initially they did not have full rights, La Nación, as these called themselves, were fundamental in shaping the early Caribbean economy through their unique knowledge of sugar cane cultivation, agriculture, and their expansive network of trade. Jews became merchants, plantation landowners, influential politicians, and bankers to the American colonies. While creating financial success for the European powers, the Jewish community managed to prosper and keep their culture, religion, and customs alive— which led to the continuation and support of Judaism throughout the Americas.

Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews, these historic communities are rapidly dwindling and may soon disappear. Only five historic synagogues remain in use and many of the original cemeteries are either falling apart, or have been lost to natural disasters, vandalism, and pollution. The few historic landmarks still in use are rare gems of the Caribbean and invaluable landmarks in the Jewish history of survival.

Through these photographs of modern day treasures we witness the legacy of New World Judaism and are able to preserve this history for future generations.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, was raised in Philadelphia and received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of The Arts in 1997. His photographs are in numerous public and private collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Worcester Art Museum, Twitter, and American Express. Wyatt was an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and continues to lecture at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, the New School, and more.

Wyatt is represented by Foley Gallery and Redux Pictures in New York City.

Learn more about him at http://www.wyattgallery.com

ART CLOSING RECEPTION

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 • 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Meet Wyatt Gallery at our Happier Hour with tour and lecture to follow. See below for more information.

Reception Ourry Schwartzbord, Faces and Figures,1980 - 2015

The Schwartzbord family invites the public to attend a reception in honor and celebration of Ourry's artwork (on display through April 7).

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Wyatt Gallery: Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean

Photographer Wyatt Gallery shares travel anecdotes, history, and an artistic perspective about the Sephardic Jews of the Caribbean, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. These Jewish communities date back to the early 1600's and are home to the oldest synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western hemisphere. Q&A and book signing will follow. Guests are also welcome to attend our Closing Night Art Reception and Happier Hour that begins at 5:30 pm. Wyatt will offer a brief tour of select images at 6:15 pm. Registration suggested.

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