Tychman Shapiro Gallery

Fall Season


An Explorative Exhibition & Community Project/Workshop

September 10 – November 19, 2015

The question of identity has been a major theme for Herson from an early age. Growing up in Orthodox/Conservative Jewish communities in Montreal and Los Angeles before immigrating to Israel in the early 1970's, affected by politics and social issues, and accompanied by a rebellious nature inspired by artistic imagination and a quest for truth, Herson states:

“I realized at an early age that it is only going to be more complicated as I get older, and it did. I am Jewish, Canadian, French Canadian, American, Israeli, also husband, father, grandfather, lover. We are left only with the ability to love, to question and to believe in the good, and do better, Sometimes to take action, sometimes to wait, sometimes just to understand that we cannot do anything.”

The gallery will be filled with images, drawings, paintings, soft art (a unique textile art he mastered and developed), and collages from different periods in Herson’s life. Each piece represents an aspect of his identity - past, present, and future - as he grapples with the concept of his always-changing and evolving identity.

Join Herson as he creates a highly-unique collective and interactive installation that explores the concept of “Who Am I?” in the gallery at the Sabes JCC. On October 7, 8 and 9, the community is invited to participate in creating with Herson a large piece that explores this important concept. Herson will also conduct a community a workshop where we will also explore “Who Are We?” as a community.

ARTIST RECEPTION - October 1, 2015

RECEPTION: 6:00 - 9:00PM

Meet and greet acclaimed Israeli artist, Johanan Herson, who will discuss the concept and community project entitled “Who Am I?”.

Presented in Partnership with the Minneapolis Jewish Federation Israel Center


In conjunction with the 7th annual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival, January 16-31, 2016, the Sabes JCC is hosting an accompanying exhibition on the theme of humor! Artists are invited to submit 2D & 3D works of art that incorporate humor, which can be interpreted and explored in a multitude of ways and medias. Local artists and artists from around the country are invited to submit work. Exhibition Dates: Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016, Sabes JCC.

To participate, an Exhibition Form is required by October 15.

CLICK HERE to download the application form.