You’re gonna be busy. Make time for art.

Gordon Haber

August, 18 2021.

Many of us are emerging from late-summer breaks to realize that the High Holidays are “early” this year (Jackie Mason, z”l: “the Jewish holidays are late or early. When are they on time?”). So here is a gentle reminder that you make time for art and culture. This week’s Compendium highlights notable exhibitions with online components. As ever, we look forward to your thoughts. And remember, you can subscribe to the CANVAS Compendium newsletter here.


He’s your man. San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) connects visitors through shared experiences with the arts. This fall, the CJM invites us to Experience Leonard Cohen with a series of exhibitions from George FokJudy Chicago, and Candice Breitz. We’re excited about Marshall Trammell’s residency which will combine improvisation, collaboration, and performance. Until Feb 12, 2022.


Ending “separateness.” The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center honors the lost with universal lessons against hatred and indifference. Mandela: Struggle for Freedom is an exhibition on the man who inspired the world to mobilize against apartheid and for racial equality. Virtual “drop-in” tours are open to the public. Until September 12th.


On the couchThe Jewish Museum is at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. It continues the mission with Louis Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter. Bourgeois engaged with psychoanalytic theory in her work, seeing artmaking as a form of psychoanalysis. The exhibition website boasts informative lecturesaudioinstallation views and a gallery. Until September 12th.


And don’t forget… 
The Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA has fantastic virtual public programs into September.

The Saint Louis Art Museum has the exhibition Signed in Silk through October 3rd, which highlights a lovely 18th-century Torah ark curtain from Italy.

LA’s Skirball Cultural Center is showing Sustain: From Loss to Renewal through March 20th, 2022. The installation explores our collective pandemic grief through Jewish mourning traditions.

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