An exhibit of 75 photographs from the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv that focuses on the early, everyday life in Kibbutz Ein Gev and surroundings will be on display June 28 – July 31 at three connected locations on the East Side of Milwaukee.
“Kinneret People” by Naftali Oppenheim (1912-1953) will start at the Sally and Phillip Askotzky Art Gallery in the Jewish Home and Care Center’s Peck Hall, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., then along the walls of the Nita L. Corré Dor L’ Dor Corridor, as well as in the Chai Point Senior Living Art Gallery. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday.
An opening event, free and open to the public, will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. During the opening, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s curator, Molly Dubin, will discuss photography in relation to art history. Docent tours will be available. Light refreshments will be served.
Oppenheim’s photos document the Jewish settlement in the Jordan Valley during the British Mandate, focusing particularly on everyday life in Kibbutz Ein Gev, located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, which is within the Milwaukee Jewish community’s partnership region. Despite working during a tumultuous period, Oppenheim preferred to photograph “happy and not ugly” topics. He documented the space in which he lived, and the majority of his pictures are studio portraits of adults and children, characterized by sophisticated artistic-aesthetic style and photographed with a sensitive and humane eye.
Oppenheim was born in Giessen, Germany, was active in a Zionist youth movement, studied photography in his spare time and in 1937 he made aliyah (immigrated to Israel).
The exhibit is presented by Partnership2Gether, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Jewish Agency for Israel, in collaboration with the Jewish Home and Care Center, Chai Point Senior Living and Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Guy Raz, renowned Israeli photographer, researcher and historian, curated the original exhibit.
Exhibit programs taking place during the run of the exhibit were being finalized at press time; go to the Community Calendar at MilwaukeeJewish.org for updates.
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