Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery

The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery offers exhibitions and programs that enhance Jewish identity, examine issues of social importance and develop community. Through exhibitions, the gallery seeks to present authentic artwork and artifacts that address themes of social consciousness and cultural awareness. Multi-disciplinary programs are created to reflect public experience and expand the reach of each exhibition to a variety of age and cultural groups.


One Foot in America, the artwork of Eugeen Van Meeghan
Curated by Dafna Steinberg
September 22 - December 30, 2011
Belgian artist, Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) found inspiration in the men and women, many of them Jews, waiting at the Antwerp docks to board ships to take them to America. One Foot in America, features his works and creates a stunning visual record of those leaving behind one life as they search for a better life in a far away, unknown place.

Memory of a time I did not on paper by Miriam Mörsel Nathan
Curated by Steven Cushner
September 15- December 17, 2010
By piecing together fragments of information collected from family documents, letters and photographs, Mörsel Nathan’s work reveals an elusive story of personal history and ascribed memory. The exhibition includes a series of multi-colored monotypes and screen prints based on a photograph of her aunt Greta; a wedding series of her Uncle Josef’s 1941 wedding, complemented by a video created by her son, TV/film editor David Nathan; and her version of a pre-war “family album.”
Miriam Mörsel Nathan’s work for the exhibition Memory of a time I did not know… was supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Andy Warhol: Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century in Retrospect
February 25 - May 2, 2010
Created in 1980, the subjects include: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir and Gerturde Stein. The importance of Warhol both as a portraitist and 20th century icon is revealed in the artistic accomplishment and the glamour of this portfolio.  As Josh Kornbluth responds to the series in his show running at Theater J, each exhibition visitor has an opportunity to see and respond to Warhol's original works, on display in Washington, again, for the first time in 30 years.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
October 15 - January 14, 2010
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from the Bombay Jewish (Bene Israel) community; she now lives in the US.  Her rich, colorful paintings reflect the experience of being Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India.

The Art of Storytelling
June 4 - August 30, 2009
Both Russian immigrants, the two artists have similar backgrounds but tell very different stories. Alexandra Rozenman took her first painting lessons at the age of five and earned her Master of Fine Arts from The Museum School/Tufts University in Boston. Currently residing in Minnesota, Rozenman teaches in a wide range of schools using art as a tool for personal growth. Alexy Zoob studied at the Art College in Saratov (Russia) and the Stroganov Art School in Moscow. Currently residing in Maryland, Zoob teaches at Scarlet Sails Creative Art Studio and uses his work to send a message to eternity by transforming his thoughts and feelings into a language of lines, colors and forms.

Real Machers: Pat Hamou's portraits of American Jewish Gangsters, 1900-1945
February 18—May 17, 2009
Macher: pronounced MAKH-er; Yiddish: someone who has connections; a big shot; an “operator.” Pat Hamou is an illustrator and graphic artist living in Montreal, Canada. Using archival images as a springboard, he created intricate, colorful and textured pen and ink drawings that reflect a bygone era. Close to 50 works by Hamou were exhibited in the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, with another five works in a “teaser” exhibition at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (575 7th Street NW).

Home Plates
November 6—December 13, 2008
The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery partnered with All Fired Up ceramic studios to bring Home Plates to the Gallery. We handed 60 local artists a blank dinner plate to use as their “canvas.” The result was a wonderfully colorful exhibition with ultimate functionality, and a window into the local art scene which is bursting at the seams. In addition, through sales of the plates the Gallery had the opportunity to raise a much-needed portion of its budget. We held a similar fundraiser in 1997 with Continuum, shortly after the Gallery opened its doors. Just as that exhibition highlighted many artists’ interpretations of community and the links between generations in the past and future, our exhibition Home Plates connected the Washington DCJCC to the larger community surrounding it. The remaining Home Plates are currently displayed in the Barbara and Harold Berman JCC Café and are for sale for $100.

BESA: Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII
September 2—November 30, 2008
Location: Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
Through subtle portraiture and personal stories by rescuers, Norman H. Gershman is able to communicate the honor, faith and altruism of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust. An exhibition of Righteous Albanian Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII was first honored at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the United Nations. This extended exhibition of Muslims Who Saved Jews in WWII came to us from Hebrew Union College.

Hebraica Mirrors
July 1—September 30, 2008
Hebraica Mirrors included over 60 fine prints on Arches Vellum and leather parchment, representing the crossroads of contemporary design and traditional Hebrew calligraphy by the French Jewish artist Matatiaou. The universal graphic interpretation was inspired by the Zohar- the direct origin of the Kabbalah, written circa 1300. The exhibition came to us from The Jewish Museum of Florida.

For The Record: A Retrospective of Israeli Album Covers
June 2—August 10, 2008
Location: Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall
A fascinating retrospective exhibition of Israeli album covers which depicted Israeli musicians, cultural and military events, fashions of the day and milestones for the new country. From folk songs to children’s television shows, from army bands to historical speeches, this exhibition was a celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary.

February 21—June 2, 2008
As a reflection on Israel in its 60th year, this contemporary mapping exhibition focused on Israel and Palestine. The exhibition included work by ten artists from five different countries working with various forms, contents and styles. The artists included: Doug Beube, Avner Bar Hama, Alban Biaussat, Anna Fine Foer, Yoav Galai, Karey Kessler, Joyce Kozloff, Simonetta Moro, Nikolas Schiller, and Mel Watkin.

Inside the Great Synagogue of Aleppo: Photographic selections from Jason Hamacher's forthcoming book, "Aleppo: The Essence of Syria"
December 26, 2007—February 18, 2008
In the spring of 2006, Jason Hamacher was given a rare opportunity to enter and photograph one of the world’s oldest synagogues, The Great Synagogue of Aleppo, Syria.  The Great Synagogue is best known for housing the Aleppo Codex which was once the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible. The synagogue’s foundation dates to King David and has been continually built upon since. “Inside the Great Synagogue of Aleppo” showcases select images from Hamacher’s forthcoming book, Aleppo: The Essence of Syria which aims to reveal Aleppo, Syria’s modern and ancient presence as seen through the eyes of its Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities.

Reconciling Worlds: The Work of Soviet Artist Yefim Ladyzhensky
September 6—December 30, 2007
Born in Odessa in 1911, Yefim Ladyzhensky was first a scenic designer for plays and films. Later, he created many series of compositions including his temperas inspired by Russian author Isaak Babel’s Red Cavalry; scenes from the Lyublin Cemetery in Moscow; and his naïve, and sometimes humorous, oil painting series entitled: “Growing Up in Odessa.” Once Ladyzhensky immigrated to Israel in 1978, he entered a serious depression and began meditating on his feelings of rootlessness. The art he produced from this time sadly foreshadowed his suicide only a few years after immigration. Through the exhibition of Ladyzhensky’s art, we were able to look though a window into Soviet censorship in the 20th century and the artist’s own feelings of isolation after immigrating to Israel, not always with sorrow, but with a hint of humor and innocence.

Israillustrators 2007
Ocotber 6—December 21, 2007
The Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival and The Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery teamed up with the Embassy of Israel to present 'Israillustrators 2007.' This colorful banner exhibition, in the The Ina & Jack Kay Community Hall, the Barbara and Harold Berman JCC Café, featured children’s books illustrations by leading Israeli illustrators. Selected works from the exhibition were displayed in Israeli pavilions at international book fairs and at other literary events in 30 countries in Europe, Asia and South America.

The Bedtime Sh'ma: A Goodnight Book
June 21—August 12, 2007
Jewish educator Sarah Gershman and artist Kristina Swarner teamed up to create The Bedtime Sh’ma: A Good Night Book. Illustrations from this children’s book, which is based on the liturgy of the Bedtime Sh’ma, a collection of prayers and poems that focus on themes of preparing for sleep. The illustrations were exhibited for the first time at the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery.

5+5: five artists choose five artists to watch
February 15—-May 13, 2007
To celebrate its 10th anniversary as well as the Washington DCJCC's ongoing commitment to Washington's artistic and cultural community the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery organized an exhibition of ten artists, 5 + 5.

The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in the Garden
September 7, 2006—January 7, 2007
"The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in The Garden," is a new illuminated manuscript by artist and scribe Debra Band. Band creates unique work in a genre rarely attempted. The biblical book, "Song of Songs," offers some of the most passionate and lasting love poetry in history. In her new visual interpretation, "The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in The Garden," Band simultaneously conveys both human and religious meanings. "The challenge of finding a way to reconcile the literal and allegorical readings of the poetry became something of an obsession," the artist states.

Through Their Eyes: Captured Moments of Childhood
Photographs by Godfrey Frankel and Helen Levitt
July 6—August 13, 2006
Documentary photography serves to give the viewer insight into the world of the image's subject. In the black and white works of the Jewish photographers Godfrey Frankel and Helen Levitt, the viewer glimpses private moments of childhood through the carefree nature of the subjects while their environments tell of financial struggle or social unrest.

Different Nights: Interpretations of the Seder by Contemporary Artists
March 17—June 18, 2006
"Different Nights" refers to a question asked in the Passover Seder: "Why is this night different from all other nights." Illustrations in the Haggadah, from the earliest version to the present, offer not only visualization of the Biblical story, but snapshots of their times-different nights. "Different Nights" pays tribute to the influence of the prominent mid-20th century artist Leonard Baskin (1922-2000) and the continuation of the tradition by Ruth Weisberg, Avner Moriah, Tamar Messer, David Moss, Ben Simon and Barry Ivker, whose work is featured in the exhibition.

Aliza Olmert: tikkun
September 18, 2005—January 30, 2006
Olmert's series deals with repair. She has signaled that in her title, tikkun, the only verbal clue we are given.  Olmert begins with broken eggshells she collects from her local Jerusalem bakery. She performs acts of painstaking repair with careful pinning and joinery of the remains of shells out of which she constructs new formal arrangements.

Jewish Costumes in the Ottoman Empire
March 10—May 6, 2005
Travel back in time. Visit the Jewish community in the 13th through the early 20th Centuries under Ottoman rule. Far-flung and disparate, Jewish life flourished in Ottoman lands.

Julz Rulz: Inside the Mind of Jules Feiffer
October 11, 2004—January 30, 2005
"JULZ RULZ: Inside the Mind of Jules Feiffer" featured cartoons, watercolors, original manuscripts, book illustrations, and prints. A Cafe display showcases posters from Feiffer's plays. On exhibition for the first time were drawings and the hand-written manuscript for Feiffer's new play, A Bad Friend, and the full-size color drawings for his new children's book, The Daddy Mountain.

Homelands: Baghdad-Jerusalem-New York
The Sculpture of Oded Halahmy
March 7—June 24, 2004
Oded Halahmy's s work bears the imprint of his three homelands. "His dynamic and engaging sculptures originate in modernist concerns while paying homage to the art of the ancient near east, and to his personal philosophy of peace and harmony," writes art critic Eleanor Heartley in her catalogue essay. "They exist between abstraction and representation, evoking figures, landscapes, and even at times, still lifes, without ever slipping out of the ideal world of symbol and sign. They are beautiful in a way that blends formal ideas about balance, gravity and proportion with references to ancient traditions that made the whole world a place of praise." and Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC).

Archetype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in Contemporary Art
February—June 2003
Paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces and works on paper that challenge traditional notions of both iconic and unnamed women represented in the Bible. Exhibition was loaned from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Ben Shahn: For All These Rights
September—December 2002
Paintings and prints by the artist, featuring photographs and other source material for the works. Guest curated by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Laura Katzman, with materials on loan from Maier Museum of Art, Harvard University, and Holocaust Museum, among others.

Portrait of a State
Spring 2002
Cosponsored by Embassy of Israel, this traveling exhibit featured work by thirteen artists from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and was adapted to fit the gallery. Photography, paintings, video, and interdisciplinary art was exhibited.

Narrative Works: The Art of Gerald Wartofsky
Winter 2002
This unique show curated by Liz Diament featured 39 works by this local artist. Paintings and prints were displayed.

Helene Aylon: My Bridal Chamber
Fall 2001
This critically-acclaimed and widely controversial installation on the topic of Jewish cleansing rituals was brought to DC to address the artist's conflicted feelings about Jewish tradition.

I Carry My Roots With Me: Touch points of the Latin American Jewish Diaspora
This exhibition, featuring such media as poetry, photography, paintings, and collage, highlighted the uniqueness and the universality of the immigrant experience' as related to various Jewish communities throughout Latin America. An accompanying brochure was printed at the time of the exhibition.

Lillo Bartolon: An Artist's Homage to Isaac Bashevis Singer
A show of paintings cosponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Extensive related programming on topics of Yiddish language and literature accompanied this exhibition.

Banned Censored, and Suppressed
October 1997—February 1998
This exhibition is dedicated to those artists – courageous victims of the blacklist – whose relentless struggle for justice continues to inspire. Through film posters, lobby cards, stills and 1940s–1950s memorabilia, the exhibition recalls questions of patriotism and loyalty raised by the Hollywood Ten and others charged with subversive activity in order to find insightful lessons and critical warnings for our present and future. Banned, Censored & Suppressed was funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Joanne Woodward Newman, The Newman’s Own Fund and Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc.

Continuum: Memory in Motion
July—September 1997
A Washington-area artist exhibition juried by acclaimed artist Mindy Weisel. Artists in this show examine cycles, connections and memories- highlighting their many interpretations– as they relate to us as individuals and a community, linking generations past and future.

Urban Diaspora: Reclaiming Space
January—June, 1997
Through poignant photographs, artifacts, and text, Urban Diaspora: Reclaiming Space documents the rise, fall, and reclamation of thirteen historic Jewish spaces throughout the United States. This exhibition challenges visitors to think about their own identity, heritage, and the importance of preserving historic spaces as spiritual connectors to the past and future. Urban Diaspora: Reclaiming Space and its related programs were funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, a private, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation