JOMIX – Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation at Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art


The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art and the Jewish Art Salon present:

JOMIX – Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation 

September 1st through November 15th, 2015. Mon-Fri  9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Reception & Panel Discussion with Curators 

October 15, 2015 @ 6pm

Guest Speakers

Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee & Aimee Rubensteen, JOMIX Exhibit Curators, Jewish Art Salon.

Introductions by Wendi Furman, PMJA Director of Exhibitions, and Yona Verwer, President Jewish Art Salon.

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123


About the Exhibit 

From the invention of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, to the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, Jewish artists and writers have served an essential and indispensable role in the comics and graphic novel industry. This exhibition explores a roster of cutting-edge creators, reinvestigating traditional genres like superhero, political satire, romance, horror, science fiction and confessionals through a Jewish lens.

Catalog design by Dorit Jordan Dotan.

The title of the show, JOMIX, is a hybrid term composed from the old underground independently produced “comix”, such as Zap Comix, 1968, edgy and transgressive in nature as chang
ed by Jewish origins and intent.

In this way, the show challenges viewers to experience how these contemporary Jewish artists use the comics medium as a way to express and address their own Jewish identity and cultural experience, while also examining the complex relationship of art, identity and culture within the Jewish community at large.

Printed catalog available.

Catalog online preview HERE.


Participating Artists 

Shay Charka, Howard Chaykin, Leela Corman, Jessica Deutsch, Aliza Donath, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Josh Edelglass, Zev Engelmayer, Liana Finck,  Stuart Immonen, Miriam Katin, Jack Kirby, Scott Koblish, Michael Korosty, Yonah Lavery, Miriam Libicki, Sarah Lightman, Rutu Modan, Archie Rand, Ariel Schrag, Liat Shalom, Joel Silverstein,  Dov Smiley, Joshua Stulman, Arthur Szyk, Deborah Ugoretz, Eli Valley, Julian Voloj, JT Waldman, David Wander, Al Wiesner, Ephraim Wuensch.

Curators: Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee, Aimee Rubensteen.

Curatorial Advisor: Wendi Furman, Yona Verwer.

  • Israeli Identity in Graphic Art and Comics with Professor Sharon Gershoni
    (October 18 @10:15am)
  • Israel Through Comix with JT Waldman
    (October 25 @10:15am)
  • Biblical Graphics History with Professor Sharon Gershoni
    (November 8 @ 10:15am)
  • Exploring Jewish Comics and Visual Storytelling: Illustration Techniques to Create Community Art with Fred Kogan
    3 opportunities to participate: October 28 @ 6pm; Nov. 15 & 22 @ 10:15am.
    Fred will be leading us through an interactive process of meeting each other, sharing stories and creating images that reflect our thoughts and feelings. Ultimately these images will be collected into an accordion book. We invite you to be a part of this innovative project – come to the gathering once, twice or all three times. (Artistic abilities not required)
  • Jewish Immigrant Literature and the Graphic Novel
    A Conversation with Soviet-Jewish author Anya Ulinich

    Sunday, November 1 @ 10:15 am
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
    Saturday, November 14 at 7:30pm at the Gershman Y

    “Very Semi-Serious” a movie about Jews and comics!

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6 responses to “JOMIX – Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation at Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art”

  1. […] Curator: Joel Silverstein, who co-curated the Jewish Art Salon’s JOMIX exhibition with Richard McBee and Aimee […]

  2. Joe Avatar

    The text in the images are almost impossible to read on the computer monitor. Hard to know if these are typical Jewish artists hating on Israel and America or not.

    1. jewishartsalon Avatar

      The artists’ political views reflect the entire spectrum.

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