Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo

In honor of Black History Month, the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers Movement and the 45th anniversary of the Mizrahi Black Panthers Movement, AJHS is proud to present Ido Michaeli’s new work, “Black Panther Got Loose from the Bronx Zoo.”

Based on an article published in the New York Times in 1902, Black Panther Got Loose tells the story of a panther who escaped from the Bronx Zoo and, after struggling with the police, dived into the Bronx River, seeking to swim to his freedom. Michaeli’s work will consist of an 8ft x 8ft wool handwoven tapestry (gobelin) and a 10-minute-long video reviewing the story behind this project and its process of making.

The scene takes place at noon in the urban space of the Bronx, showing the police trying to hunt down the panther, and the panic of passersbys. The Bronx was commonly called “the Jewish Borough” back then. The Bronx Park is also notorious for caging Ota Benga in 1906. An allegory for joint and separate struggles for justice and a reminder of the legacies of the Black Panthers movement in the US and its influence on the Mizrahi Black Panther movement in Palestine/Israel, the work alludes to issues of police brutality, gentrification, and resistance, and to questions of historical narratives, political identification, flight, displacement, refuge, and home, more broadly.

Exhibit Closed

This exhibit closed on
Saturday, April 1, 2017

On Display

Hey, Wow! The Art of Oded Halahmy presented by the Yeshiva University Museum
The Door Slams Shut: Jews and Immigration in the Face of American Reaction presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
When The Golden Door Closed, They Carried The Torch presented by American Jewish Historical Society and Center for Jewish History
Visas for Freedom presented by the American Sephardi Federation
The Art of Exile: Paintings by German-Jewish Refugees presented by the Leo Baeck Institute
All in the Family – Photographs from Across the Jewish World presented by American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
ATÉN: 10th Annual Abby Belkin Stern College Senior Art Show presented by the Yeshiva University Museum
Rise of the Yiddish Machines: The Typewriter and Yiddish Literature presented by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research