American Jewish Museum

This Is Not A Dream
May 19-July 25

Fine Perlow Weis Gallery, Kaufmann Building
Artists' reception: Tuesday, June 17, 6-8 pm

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melissa Hiller at

Artists: Kim Beck, Lauren Braun, Oreen Cohen, Orit Hofshi, Ben Schachter, Becky Slemmons, Scott Turri

This Is Not A Dream brings together seven artists whose work wrestles with how personal influences shape perceptions of space. The exhibit's title nods to Theodor Herzl's 1902 novel Old-New Land, in which Herzl imagined a future Israel, luring readers to conjure a vision of a place and willing it to become real. Similarly, the artists here examine concepts that summon space as an idea, impression, memory and muse and not merely a constructed environment.

Additional artist information:
Kim Beck: or
Lauren Braun:
Oreen Cohen:
Orit Hofshi: or
Ben Schachter:
Becky Slemmons:
Scott Turri: or 

Museum Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 5:30 am-10 pm
Friday: 5:30 am-6 pm
Saturday: 8 am-6 pm
Sunday: 7:45 am-6 pm

Docent Tours
Docent tours are available for small or large groups. Educational tours with the exhibit curator are available for teachers and students. Events are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Light Your Spark Tours
Light Your Spark tours for people with memory loss and their care partners are available.


Synagogues of Prague and Budapest:
David Aschkenas
April 7-June 30, 2014 

Berger Gallery, Robinson Building

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 23, 6-8 pm 
5738 Darlington Road

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Melissa Hiller at 412-697-3555 or 412-697-3231

Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas includes twenty-three mesmerizing photographs of the architecture of synagogues taken by Aschkenas during three visits to Prague and Budapest between 2011-2013. Aschkenas's photography captures the awe-inspiring grandeur of many sites traditionally closed to the public and reveals a close inspection of the human aspects of these ritual places, without relying on human figures.

Conjuring the narrative and collective memory of the communities attached to these synagogues, Aschkenas's photographs of well-used desks, threadbare chairs, and remnants of cloth expose the deeply rooted tradition of Jewish community and religious ritual with heightened sense of reality. 

Notably, Aschkenas's works will be simultaneously exhibited at the American Jewish Museum and the Jubilee Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas is made possible by The Fine Foundation. 

Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am-10 pm
Friday, 5:30 am-6 pm
Saturday, 8 am-6 pm
Sunday, 8 am-6 pm 



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Jewish Healthcare Foundation - JCC Pittsburgh

General support for the American Jewish Museum is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Anna L. Caplan & Irene V. Caplan Philanthropic Fund of the United Jewish Federation Foundation, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Media sponsorship is provided by WDUQ 90.5 FM.