Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
The exhibit presented by the American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History surveys the ways hip, secular, young American Jews wear their Jewishness on their sleeves – literally.
With various contemporary, funny, edgy Jewish-themed T-shirts on display, “Shmattes” challenges the common ways we think of American Jewishness today. Featuring T-shirts ranging from celebrated brands such as Los Angeles-based Unkosher Market, politically savvy independent artists selling their work globally, “Shmattes” has a special tee for everybody.
“Schmattes,” which translates to “rags” in Yiddish, is a traveling exhibit curated by artist Anne Grant. Grant writes that her collection was inspired in part by the growth of individuals who identify as “culturally Jewish.” In 2013 the Pew Research Center one-in-five Jews (22 percent) described themselves as having no religion.