Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Museum of Art

The Hanukkah Lamp: Modernist Style and the Jewish Experience

November 19, 2011 – January 15, 2012

This exhibition, featuring a selection of Hanukkah lamps from the Aaron Ha’Tell Collection (Wilmette), offers a unique perspective on the production of artifacts at a time marked by profound transformation. For refugees from Europe who came to the British Mandate of Palestine, the making of these lamps enabled a reflection on the history of a holiday and an attempt to come to terms with unfamiliar experiences. Far from being merely a formal element, modernist style was a reminder of their Europe, brutally dismantled by Nazism. Curated by Rhoda Rosen.

Image: Ludwig Y. Wolpert (b. Germany, 1900, d. Unites States, 1981), Lived in Jerusalem, 1935-1948, Bronze; 10 ½ x 11 x 3 inches. Aaron Ha’Tell Collection, Wilmette