Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership presents Inquiry 01, a multi-media exhibition featuring works by nine accomplished Chicago-area Jewish artists – Nelly Agassi, Leslie Baum, Iris Bernblum, Dianna Frid, Matthew Girson, Jesse Malmed, Geof Oppenheimer, Roni Packer, and Rana Siegel. As participants in Spertus Institute’s first Chicago Jewish Artists Fellowship, the artists conducted individual and collective research into their Jewish identity and artistic practice.
The artists – who work in a range of media including film, photography, performance, drawing, painting, and sculpture – have had opportunities to learn from leading scholars, visit artists’ studios, and work closely with objects from Spertus Institute’s collections. Through monthly meetings, the Fellows have engaged and collaborated with each other, exploring topics from the complexities of Jewish heritage to how Jewish ethics and rituals intersect with contemporary politics.
New projects by the Fellows, along with objects from the Spertus collection selected as part of their work, will be on view in Spertus Institute’s Ground Level Arts Lab, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, May 23 – August 12, 2018. The exhibition and related programming are free and open to the public.