From the Eastern Bloc to the Bronx: Early Acquisitions from The Art Collection
05 May 2019 – 25 Aug 2019
Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale
New York, United States
As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, 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 provide 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. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 12,000 elderly persons through its resources and community service programs.
The Art Collection and Sculpture Garden
The Art Collection is comprised of more than 4,500 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and works on paper by such artists as Salvador Dali, Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. These works are exhibited throughout the main public spaces of the Hebrew Home and elucidated by text panels and labels.
Derfner Judaica Museum
The Judaica Museum was founded in 1982 when Riverdale residents Ralph and Leuba Baum donated their collection of Jewish ceremonial art to the Hebrew Home. A refugee from Nazi persecution, Ralph and his wife, Leuba, had an intense desire to preserve and pass on to future generations the memory embodied in the objects they collected, the majority of which were used by European Jews before the Holocaust. In 2008 The Judaica Museum was named in honor of the late Helen and Harold Derfner. It opened in a newly furnished space in June 2009 with a permanent exhibition of the collection entitled, Tradition and Remembrance: Treasures of the Derfner Judaica Museum, that explores the intersections of Jewish history and memory. The Museum also features a rotating gallery space for modern art relating to Jewish life and culture.