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Mindy Weisel

The first baby born in the Displaced Persons Camp at Bergen-Belsen right after the war, Mindy Weisel grew up with the responsibility to “be everything” to her parents, who had survived Auschwitz. Today, she is an acclaimed abstract artist, working in paint and glass. She has had international commissions and exhibitions; her pieces are in the permanent collections of the Israel Museum, Vad Yasem, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel: A new look into the lives of the Cone sisters

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s and 60s, we got our doses of high culture at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Miriam Friedlander, 1914 - 2009

My mother's parents emigrated around 1900 from the Jewish Pale of what is now Belarus and settled in Pittsburgh, PA. Her father David Sigel (Sigelovytch) was an office worker, insurance salesman, and political activist in the immigrant foreign language clubs. Her mother Hannah Lipman (Goldotsky) was fluent in Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. She was active in the clubs and worked as a secretary and translator.

In 1919, the family moved to New York where mom graduated from Evander Childs High School in 1931 and New York University College of Education in 1935.

Selma Waldman, 1931 - 2008

Popeye's dog made Selma Waldman inspired to become an artist and devote her life to art. Actually, it wasn't the dog itself, but the man who created the dog, Selma's uncle Myron Waldman, a renowned cartoonist who died in 2007. Selma herself died of cancer on April 17, 2008. She was 77.

Renaming, Reclaiming

Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, an current exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York, explores the influence of feminism on Jewish painting from the 1960s to the present.

Happy birthday, Frida Kahlo!

Today would have been the 102 birthday of Frida Kahlo, the painter famous for her striking self-portraits and her marriage to Diego Rivera (not to mention her impressive eyebrows). Though she came to be known for her representations of Mexican life and was, in fact, referred to as La Mexicana -- the quintessential Mexican woman -- her work often explored issues of identity and its hybridity, informed by her own experience as the daughter of a German Jewish immigrant father and a Mexican Catholic mother.

Artist Frida Kahlo born

July 6, 1907

Birth of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, daughter of a German Jewish immigrant father and a Mexican Catholic mother.

Opening of "Too Jewish?" exhibit featuring work of artist Helène Aylon

March 10, 1996

When the exhibit "Too Jewish?: Challenging Traditional Identities" opened at New York City's Jewish Museum, it featured the work "The Liberation of G-d" by Helène Aylon.

Joan Snyder

A true Expressionist and feminist in her life and art, this veteran painter uses the broadest possible palette to paint the canvas of her life.

Nacha Rivkin

Orthodox Jewish education for women in America began with the work of Nacha Rivkin, a founder of Shulamith School for Girls, the first girls’ yeshiva in the United States.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Painting." (Viewed on March 18, 2018) <>.


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