Gershman Gallery

 

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Jewish Treasures Of The Caribbean:
Works by Award-winning Photographer Wyatt Gallery

The Gershman Gallery
June 25 ­ – September 11
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
and Sundays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean captures the little-known history of the Sephardic Jews of the Caribbean, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Suriname.  These Jewish communities date back to the early 1600s and are home to the oldest synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in the Western hemisphere. These stunningly beautiful photographs exemplify the strength of the Jewish people as well as the surprisingly diverse cultural history of the Caribbean. Now facing extinction, the Sephardic Jewish communities of the Caribbean were once so strong and influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution and financed the first synagogues in the United States.

Wyatt Gallery is an award-winning photographer who uses his photographs to raise awareness and support for communities damaged by natural disasters. Gallery’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is in major public, private, and corporate collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The George Eastman House, the Museum of The City of New York, New Orleans Museum of Art, American Express, and Comcast, amongst others.

(Above, Curacao, 2013; below, Curacao, 2011)