Family Traces

July 24, 2009-November 29, 2009

Location: Ruth Youth Wing

Curator: Tami Manor-Friedman

Media: Photography

At the heart of this exhibition stands the family portrait, charged with memories and longing. The exhibition was initially inspired by Supper (2008), a striking work by Cuban-American artist Anthony Goicolea, recently acquired for the Israel Museum collection. Goicolea extracted old portraits from his family albums and summoned them to an imaginary encounter, juxtaposing photography and painting. Presented alongside Goicolea's personal journey are multicultural works – memorabilia and photo albums, painting, photography, installation, and video art – from the Museum's and other collections. A special loan from The Museum of Modern Art, New York, brings a painting by Frida Kahlo to Israel for the first time. My Grandparents, My Parents, and I, an intimate, symbolic family tree, addresses the complex identity of an artist with native Mexican and German immigrant ancestry.