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Culture Shock: Photography by John Gutmann

Culture Shock: The Photography of John Gutmann

Currently on Display

 

Culture Shock focuses on an early period of creative flowering for the Jewish photographer, a German refugee who arrived in the U.S. during the Great Depression. Continuing through January 2, 2022, the exhibition showcases over 60 vivid images of American popular culture that Gutmann captured as only an outsider could.

 

John Gutmann was born in Breslau, German (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1905, the son of prosperous Jewish parents. Showing early artistic talent, he studied at Breslau’s University and the Academy of Arts and Crafts, a student of leading Expressionist artist Otto Müller. Following his graduation, he moved to Berlin to pursue his painting career while also teaching art. In 1933, as the Nazi regime consolidated its power, it issued the Professional Services Restoration Act, denying employment to “Non-Aryans”. Gutmann formulated a plan to leave Germany permanently. With minimal photographic experience he secured a contract with Press-Photo in Berlin and charted a course as a foreign correspondent based in San Francisco, California. Traveling on a Norwegian freighter from Rotterdam via the Panama canal, Gutmann arrived in San Francisco on January 1, 1934 to begin his new life.

 

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Other Events

  • September 28th, 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah (28th)

    We will be closed in observance of Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

  • September 29th, 12:00 AM - 11:00 PM

    Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah (29th)

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  • October 10th, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta: 2020 Hindsight

    Join us for a very special evening with an esteemed panel of local women and girls who will be discussing essays they wrote for this beautiful anthology.

  • October 13th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    MJCC Book Talk: Mindy Weisel, After: The Obligation of Beauty

    This compelling and candid memoir by Mindy Weisel, an internationally acclaimed artist and author and cousin to famed author and Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel, traces her search for beauty in her life, which began as a child born in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Person’s Camp to parents who had survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Exhibitions

  • Culture Shock : Photography by John Gutmann

    Culture Shock focuses on an early period of creative flowering for the Jewish photographer, a German refugee who arrived in the U.S. during the Great Depression. Continuing through January 2, 2022, the exhibition showcases over 60 vivid images of American popular culture that Gutmann captured as only an outsider could.

  • History With Chutzpah : Remarkable Stories of the SouthernJewish Adventure

    The 250+ artifacts, documents, photographs and oral histories in the exhibition, reveal stories from the generations before us and offer you a journey into Jewish culture unlike any other. Enhanced by personal interviews, oral history excerpts and interactive screen displays. Jewish Southerners adapted to, adopted or affected the society that surrounded them, while simultaneously retaining and celebrating their unique cultural heritage. Some had bold ideas that led to innovation and change, and some held values that impelled them to rebel against ‘the way things were,’ and others accepted the culture and customs of the South.

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