Heeding the call of devoted fans, the Center for Jewish History (CJH) is excited to announce the extension of its highly popular exhibition, JewCE! The Museum and Laboratory of the Jewish Comics Experience, until February 18, 2024. This immersive journey into the dynamic world of Jewish comics will continue to captivate audiences in the Rosenberg and Winnick galleries.
This dynamic exhibition celebrates the powerful fusion of Jewish culture, history, and artistic expression through the lens of comics and graphic storytelling.
"This initiative captures a historic moment in Jewish comics, recognizing the roots and diversity that contribute to this art form," says Dr. Miriam Mora, Director of Academic and Public Programs at the Center for Jewish History and co-creator of JewCE. "Education and understanding are powerful tools against antisemitism, and this exhibition plays a vital role in fostering awareness."
Featuring original artworks, historical artifacts, and interactive installations, the exhibition highlights the evolution of Jewish themes in comics, spanning from classic newspaper strips to contemporary graphic novels. Highlights include original Captain America artwork by co-creator Joe Simon, the rare 1933 "Reign of the Superman" story by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and the works of Holocaust survivor Lily Renée, an early pioneer in the comic book industry.
The Museum and Laboratory of the Jewish Comics Experience comprises five micro-exhibits from CJH Partner organizations, exploring themes such as the Jewish origins of the comic book industry and the Jewish response to fascism in comics.
The exhibition aims to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds, providing an immersive experience that connects visitors with Jewish history, culture, and identity in a new and exciting way.