Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale
5901 Palisade Ave, Bronx, NY 10471 - United States
The primary mission of the Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is to collect and display fine art and Jewish ceremonial objects and to interpret its collections for the public. The Museum, founded in 1982, and The Art Collection provide publicly accessible art programming under the auspices of Hebrew Home at Riverdale, whose cultural programs are a model of universal accessibility with a special focus on the elderly and persons with special needs. Structured tours and workshops are provided at little or no cost to visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and promote cross-cultural exchange.
The Hebrew Home Art Collection is comprised of 4,500 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and prints on display throughout the public spaces of the Hebrew Home's Riverdale campus. It includes such artists as Dine, Ferber, Mangold, Nevelson, Warhol, Rivera and Shahn, decorative and historic artifacts representing world cultures, and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Art Collection also includes a significant array of modern art from the Soviet Bloc, both dissident and official.
The Derfner Judaica Museum is a repository of Jewish ceremonial objects and serves as an educational resource about Jewish art, culture and lifestyle practices through permanent and changing exhibitions. The founding gift to the Museum was made by Leuba and Ralph Baum, European émigrés, who amassed a collection of more than 800 Jewish ceremonial objects. The permanent collection comprises over 1,400 objects of stylistically diverse fine art and decorative objects in wood, silver and ivory, dating, for the most part, from the 18th to the 20th century and originating primarily in eastern and central Europe, Asia, North Africa and the United States.
As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus, including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provides educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. RiverSpring Health is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 18,000 older adults in greater New York through its resources and community service programs.
Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718.581.1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours.
Impressions of Eastern Europe: Prints from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition includes lithographs, etchings, engravings and woodcuts by 16 artists who participated in some of the most significant art movements of the twentieth century. They worked at a time of rapid change, including urbanization, secularization, industrialization, technological innovation and seismic political and cultural shifts. Their genre scenes, folk tale illustrations, portraits and character studies evoke nostalgia for a communal past, solemn awareness of the fragility of life and deep reverence for tradition.
The exhibition includes such avant-garde graphic artists as the Czech Freidrich Feigl (1884–1965) and the German Jakob Steinhardt (1887–1968), the Polish-born illustrator of Jewish tales Rahel Szalit-Marcus (1894–1942), and the Americans Max Weber (1881–1961) and Ilya Schor (1904–1961), among others. Especially resonant today, these prints from the collection are rarely found or on view in public institutions in the US.
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