Leon Family Gallery

by | Nov 2, 2017 | What’s Happening

Sandler Family Campus

What’s up now and next

Tel Aviv based artist Amit Shimoni’s Hipstory exhibition is a cross-section of world leaders with pop culture art, including such historic figures as David Ben Gurion, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Golda Meir, and more, portrayed as 21st century “hipsters.”

The idea to modernize global figures struck Shimoni when he searched online for photos of 20th century well known characters, but all he could find were old, black-and-white faded photographs. Hoping to connect Generation Y with political and cultural visionaries of the past, Shimoni shows these world leaders in contemporary styles and settings. All pieces will be available for purchase including seven exclusive portraits not currently found online.

Repairing the World: Frame by Frame
The Repairing the World: Frame by Frame photography exhibit was inspired by a group of Israeli philanthropists who traveled around the world photographing Jewish communities and individuals helped by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The exhibit, which includes photographs of dozens of individuals who have seen JDC in action, as well as select pictures from the JDC Archives, originally opened in New York in May 2016.

JDC is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, operating in more than 70 countries and helping Jews and others in need to survive and strengthen community. Founded in 1914, JDC is a non-partisan, unifying force in the Jewish community—“joining” together people with very different views in the common pursuit of caring for others in dire straits.

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater works to meet the challenges facing today’s Jewish community at home and around the world, through a network of local Jewish agencies and overseas service partners, including the JDC.

For more information about the Leon Family Gallery and other upcoming exhibits, contact Erin Dougherty, Simon Family JCC cultural arts director, at EDougherty@simonfamilyjcc.org or 321-2341.