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Art is an integral part of the Hebrew Home. Over 5,000 works of art are installed throughout the residential neighborhoods and public spaces for the enjoyment of residents, visitors and staff. The Derfner Judaica Museum maintains a collection of approximately 1,400 objects used in traditional Jewish ceremonies and rituals as well as Jewish Art.

Gilbert Pavilion Gallery

Art at the Home – Current Exhibitions

Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion Gallery
Lobby of William Goldfine Pavilion
Open daily, 10:30 AM–4:30 PM


Doug Brin: Journals
Surrealist Impulse: Works from the Permanent Collection
On view April 19–July 31, 2015

Brin Disputed Ballots 2000

Doug Brin (American, b. 1947)
What Disputed Ballots?
mixed media
8 x 8 inches.
Courtesy the artist.

Brin Cover 2012 - 2013

Doug Brin (American, b. 1947)
Cover 2012–2013
mixed media
8 x 10 inches.
Courtesy the artist.

Brin 911 It Can Happen Here 2001

Doug Brin (American, b. 1947)
9.11. It Can Happen Here
mixed media
8 13/16 x 13 3/8 inches
Courtesy the artist

Brin Cover 2002

Doug Brin (American, b. 1947)
Cover 2002
mixed media
8 x 10 inches. Courtesy the artist.

The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions on view through July 31, 2015. Doug Brin: Journals will be on view in the lobby gallery of the William Goldfine Pavilion and Surrealist Impulse: Works from the Permanent Collection will be on view in the adjacent Elma and Milton A. Gilbert Pavilion

The 17 illustrated journals in the exhibition were created between 1987 and 2013 and represent a selection from a larger body of writings that Brin began when he was 22 years old. In the journals, Brin, now 67, utilizes micrographic writing, abstracted drawing and collage elements to explore topical, historical and literary themes. Filled with personal observations plus cut and pasted excerpts from newspapers and magazines, the journals comprise a unique history of our times.

Brin's musings reflect a broad range of past and current events from the worlds of politics, entertainment and literature. An artist, writer, journalist and teacher, Brin provides running commentary on the contested Bush-Gore national election and the aftermath of 9/11. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Tennessee Williams and Mary McCarthy populate his entries, among many other subjects. His imagery is varied and excruciatingly detailed, recording wide-ranging personal and popular interests. The journals attest to an obsessive-compulsive nature that has inspired

Brin to track and record a life that has included five careers and over 30 jobs, among them journalism, independent-school teaching and current-events seminars, such as ongoing programs at the 92nd Street Y and the RiverWalk apartments at Hebrew Home. While recovering from near-fatal brain surgery in 1997, Brin persevered in his commitment to making regular entries by dictating disjointed impressions of daily existence to his mother and ex-wife.

Bergner Man in Flight

Yosl Bergner (Israeli, b. Austria, 1920)
Man in Flight, 1975
25 ½ x 19 inches.
The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Matta Centre Noeuds

Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002)
Centre Noueds (Planche 2), 1974
etching and aquatint on Japanese nacre paper
24 x 17 1/8 inches. Gift of Lillian Heidenberg.
The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Bezem Immigrants

Naftali Bezem (Israeli, b. Germany
Immigrants, 1960s
13 x 19 inches.
The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

Katz Achad

A. Raymond Katz (American, b. Hungary, 1895–1974)
Achad, n.d.
stypol and polymer mixed media
24 x 29 inches.
The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

The Surrealist Impulse: Works from the Permanent Collection will include Yosl Bergner (Israeli, b. 1920), Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904–1989); Joan Fine (American, b. 1949); A. Raymond Katz (American, 1895–1974); Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911–2002); Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1993); Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973); Nahum Tschachbasov (American, 1899–1984), and Igael Tumarkin (Israeli, b. 1933), among others. This exhibition will explore manifestations of Surrealism in paintings, prints and unique works on paper across a global and temporal spectrum, from Picasso's series Imaginary Portraits of 1969 to Joan Fine's Fragments of 2009, sculptural paper works that conjure prehistoric landscapes.

With their geometric and organic forms, Tumarkin's Chaotic Drawings mark the artist's protest against war, dehumanization, violence and alienation. Bergner was born in Vienna, grew up in Warsaw, and settled with his family in Australia in 1937. He moved to Israel in 1950. His work Man in Flight evokes his experience of migration. A pivotal Surrealist, Matta is represented with prints from Centre Noeuds. Known for his exploration of the subconscious and his interest in automatism, Matta arrived in Paris from his native Chile in 1933, and was among the Surrealists in exile in New York during World War II, where he directly influenced the future Abstract Expressionists. A second generation Abstract Expressionist, Mitchell's work is marked by improvisation and spontaneity rooted in Surrealism.

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale 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 11,000 elderly persons 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 exhibitions open daily, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Call 718 581.1596 for holiday hours or to schedule group tours

These exhibitions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.