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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 Two Shows About Innovation
January 14 – March 22, 2015
Israel holds a commanding lead in the category of highest number of scientists, engineers and technicians per capita of any country. Tour the latest inventions to emerge from the country the business world has dubbed the “Start-Up Nation.”
Rube Goldberg’s Incredible Inked Inventions
January 14 – March 22, 2015
Born in San Francisco in 1883 to German Jewish immigrants, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Reuben (Rube) Goldberg showed an innate interest in illustration. Rube set his sights on being a professional artist, but his father persuaded him to earn a degree in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. And what a potent combination these two interests became!
Mr. Goldberg created the first of what would become his famous series of inventions in 1914. With production in America flourishing (Ford had just implemented the assembly line for the Model T in 1913) he had a plenty of material from which to “draw.” Mr. Goldberg was fascinated both by technology itself and the way in which people reacted to it. He observed people going to extreme measures to avoid advancements of the time, and others growing lethargic due to these modern conveniences.
By 1931, his name became synonymous with his creations and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added the adjective “Rube Goldberg” to its volumes. Defined as, “doing something simple in a very complicated way that is not necessary,” the word has further made Mr. Goldberg a part of our cultural heritage and language. It has been reported that Mr. Goldberg was known to spend more than 30 hours on a single invention. At the height of his popularity, Rube said, “In black and white, I consider myself the most prolific inventor in America today. I figure I turn loose roughly 400 inventions a year.”
A founding member of the National Cartoonist Society, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is presented each year as the highest honor in the profession.
Presented as part of the PJCC series Then There Was Light: Jewish Contributions to Advancements in Science, Medicine and Technology. For complete program listings visit www.pjcc.org/innovation or request a brochure at the PJCC Welcome Center.
“Artwork Copyright © and TM Rube Goldberg Inc. All Rights Reserved. RUBE GOLDBERG ® is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc. All materials used with permission. rubegoldberg.com”
Mi Polin/From Poland
Judaica, Jewish Design and Community-Based Art by Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar
April 1 – June 25, 2015
About Mi Polin
Based in Warsaw, Mi Polin is the first Polish Judaica brand. “Polin” (Poland) comes from the Hebrew words “Po - Lin” which means “rest here.” According to legend, a few hundred years ago Jews looking for a place to live perceived these words as a sign sent from heaven. They interpreted that as a sign and began to settle in Poland.
Helena Czerneck and Aleksander Prugar’s works express elements of remembrance of the thriving Jewish community in Poland devastated by the Holocaust, and the hope for its revival. Concentrating on three directions, Mi Polin creates contemporary Judaica based on their own interpretation of Hiddur Mitzvah which refers to the aestheticism and the beautification of a ritual object. They conceptualize graphic design for a variety of Jewish events and hold workshops for Jews and non-Jews of different ages.
Mi Polin turns to Jewish history, literature and the Torah for inspiration. Recent projects include the opening event for the commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the 2014 March of Remembrance, the creation of the Christmas and Hannukah “Trees of Light” in Krakow, and more.
Special Judaica designs include “Menokia,” an oil lamp that is divided into two meaningful parts - a double branch for Shabbat candles and a Menorah with seven lights. Putting the two together creates a nine candle Hannukia series of drawings entitled “From My Home” with corresponding quotations taken from the old Jewish texts. Mi Polin has been designing unusual mezzuzot for the blind and has developed the project “Mezuzah from This Home” which brings together with great sensitivity a remnant of an abandoned Jewish home in Poland with the descendants of the family who lived there before the Holocaust.
Meet Helena Czernek and Aleksander Prugar at our opening reception and presentation on Monday, April 13. Reception and gallery tour 6:30 pm, Presentation 7:00 pm.