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Upcoming Exhibitions

June 30 – July 12, 2015
Outreach Expo II: Artists in the Making

As a vital part of the community, the Museum provides visual arts programming to four local aftercare facilities located in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. The year-round program, Meet a Master, Create a Masterpiece Roadshow, affords underserved students at these locations the opportunity to learn about and create art. Inspired by the Museum’s permanent collection, these participants have generated works of art with a personal touch. In recognition of their imaginative creations, the Museum is celebrating these unique works with this exhibit.

Outreach Expo II on view June 30-July12
A student creates his own masterpiece inspired by a master work from the Museum's permanent collection. 

July 25 – August 23, 2015
Brenda Hope Zappitell: A Journey of Gestures

In continuing the tradition of the All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition and showcasing artists living and working in Florida, the Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to present a selection of paintings by Brenda Hope Zappitell.

Zappitell credits the Boca Raton Museum Art School as an indispensable training ground during her early years, which helped catapult her to national recognition that she enjoys today. Those early years included representational work and collage. However, she soon found imagery to be a crutch and was moved to employ the gestural freedom of Abstract Expressionism.

“My paintings emerge from the emotion I feel in the moment my brush touches a blank surface," said Zappitell. "I am a very physical and spontaneous painter. Moving back and forth with decisive brush strokes and dynamic gestures, I work rapidly to capture that ephemeral feeling in tangible form.” The results are large panel compositions with layers of vigorous marks that are innumerable and subtle.

In addition to painting, Zappitell is an accomplished writer and instructor, regularly contributing to Professional Artist Magazine and holding private workshops in Florida and New Mexico.

Brenda Hope Zappitell (born 1964), Family, 2015. Acrylic, flashe and cold wax on panel. 50 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist.

July 25 – August 23, 2015
People and Places: Photographs from the Collection

Some of the most illustrious sights and characters of the 19th and 20th centuries will be within reach this summer as the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents People and Places: Photographs from the Collection. From July 25–August 23, two galleries will be dedicated to prints of some of the most recognizable icons of the modern era, captured by masters of the art.

The Museum’s permanent photography collection includes more than 1,500 images from several significant photographers, including Henry Fox Talbot, Edward Steichen, Robert Doisneau, Sebastião Selgado, Margaret Bourke-White, and more. Although the collection spans continents and categories, this summer’s exhibition pares down the works to showcase subjects of celebrity, including famous locations and stars of the silver screen.

People and Places - Photographs from the Collection on view July 25-Aug 23
Garry Winogrand (born in New York, NY, 1928; died 1984 in Mexico), Marilyn Monroe, from “The Seven Year Itch” set, New York City, 1955, gelatin silver print, acquired 1994. Gift of Carol and Bernard Rosen

September 11, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Memories of the Shtetl

In the late 1930s, Samuel Rothbort (1882 – 1971) began creating “memory paintings” of his native Walkovisk, a small village in Czarist Russia. Eventually numbering over five hundred, Rothbort’s paintings have become lauded as a cultural resource depicting life in a predominantly Jewish village, commonly known as a Shtetl. Their nostalgic sense of wonder and joyous colors have challenged many observers’ notions of prewar Eastern European Jewish life.

Memories of the Shtetl features a selection of oil and watercolor paintings by Rothbort. Artistically gifted and largely self-taught, Rothbort’s work depicts a reverence for nature and everyday life in a Shtetle. His memory paintings were the subject of a 1961 documentary film “The Ghetto Pillow” (later renamed “Memories of the Shtetle”) by Harriet Semegram and provided inspiration for Jerome Robbins’ staging of the 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Samuel Rothbort, Rye Wagon Going Through Town, 1956. Watercolor on paper, 11 x 14 inches.

September 11, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Veil of Memory, Prologue: The Last Supper

On March 31, 1492, an edict issued by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, ordered the expulsion of Jews from their kingdom. Given only three months to flee the country, convert to Catholicism, or be executed without trial, some 200,000 people were abruptly exiled from their homeland. Those who chose to leave were forbidden to carry gold, silver, or coined money out of the kingdom.

Veil of Memory. Prologue: The Last Supper by Terry Berkowitz depicts a forgotten moment as the Jews of Spain paused for a final meal, at the threshold of the unknown, just a few hours before crowding into the tiny 15th century ships that would take them away. Visitors are invited to sit at a wooden table in the shape of a crucifix. Atop the table sit empty bowls, spoons, and glasses partially filled with water. Video projections on nearby walls reveal blue-hued shapes of people lined up to march on their journey with portions of the edict of expulsion layered under image. In the center of the table is a display of the sea in constant motion with sounds of crashing waves, Catalan liturgical music, and the murmurs of people too nervous or afraid to speak aloud.


September 11, 2015 - January 10, 2016
Rosie Won the War

Rosie Won the War by Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock recalls the seminal moment in the history of the 20th century. With America’s engagement in World War II, working women began to dominate the public image at home. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s iconic picture, Rosie the Riveter, Stih and Schnock’s series is a homage to women on the home front working “men’s jobs” in manufacturing plants while men were fighting the enemy in battlefields abroad.

Rosie Won the War depicts powerful women in life-size portraits wearing working gear. Tools in hand define their current occupation. The images capture this particular moment in history seen through the female eye, set in relation to working women today.

The images depict women positioned provocatively like the “Big Nudes” of Helmut Newton, but with very different expression and self-definition. They stand on maps from the past, recalling the topography of World Word II and forming a link between past and present. The portrait series includes paintings based on digital collages of staged photography, mapping structures, drawings, and text.

Complementary to the photo series is the video Counter Attack. Calling upon the image of Rosie the Riveter with one foot on Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, the video shows women’s feet stepping on the Nazi leader’s manifesto with spikes on their feet until it is tattered, and then completely destroyed.

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock, Rosie Won the War, 2015.

September 11, 2015 - January 10, 2016
The Neighbor Next Door

The Neighbor Next Door by Shimon Attie presents a visceral interpretation of the experiences of those driven into hiding by the Nazi regime as was the family of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. In a darkened room, visitors see short films of Jews in hiding during the Holocaust. Visitors peer through peepholes to view scenes of what life on the street might have looked like to someone living clandestinely such as a passing funeral, a military band, and Nazi soldiers marching by.

Attie has created immersive multimedia art that reflects on the relationship between place, memory, and identity. The installation is Attie’s re-envisioning of a site-specific work he first presented in Amsterdam in 1995 where he projected films taken in secret by people forced into seclusion by the Nazi occupation onto the street every night for two weeks.


July 16 – September 11, 2016
65th Annual All Florida Exhibition

The Boca Raton Museum of Art is now changing the format of All Florida from the juried exhibition which has been presented here for 64 years. For 2016, the Museum’s Curatorial Department and Executive Director will collaborate with five nationally-recognized artists based throughout Florida. Each of these distinguished artists will select five early-career artists who have strong ties to Florida. This invitational exhibition will bring the work of the “selection committee” alongside the work of the artists they believe show great promise. See the 65th Annual All Florida selection committee.


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