New Exhibit Features Works of Photojournalist Ruth Gruber



Headlining Art Basel season in Miami Beach, the new exhibition presented by the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (on view Oct. 16 - Jan. 7) celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of this 20th-century pioneer and trailblazer, and this is the show's southeastern U.S. premiere. Once the world’s youngest PhD, Ruth Gruber passed away recently at the age of 105.

The show features more than 60 photographs including gelatin silver prints plus an archival trove of personal letters, telegrams, printed magazines, and assorted ephemera documenting the artist’s career. The photographs in this exhibition span more than 50 years, from Gruber’s groundbreaking reportage of the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and iconic images of Jewish refugees from the ship Exodus 1947, to her later photographs of Ethiopian Jews in the midst of civil war in the 1980s.

“These messages of hope and of living with a heroic purpose to make a difference ring true in today’s world, and align powerfully with the mission of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU,” said the Museum Director, Susan Gladstone. “We are thrilled to bring this epic story of Ruth Gruber’s life and photos to Miami Beach during Art Basel season.”

A selection of Gruber’s vintage prints, never before exhibited, will be presented alongside contemporary prints made from her original negatives. This exhibition is on loan from the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York, is drawn from Gruber’s private archive, and was organized by ICP Curator Maya Benton. The Miami presentation is organized by Jackie Goldstein, Curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The opening reception is free to Members of the museum (non-members pay $18), on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. and will include a free screening of the film Ahead of Time, about Ruth Gruber’s life. The museum is located at 301 Washington Avenue, in the heart of Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco District.


1.   Unidentified Photographer

      Ruth Gruber, Alaska, 1941-43


2.  Ruth Gruber

     Eklutna woman reading Life Magazine, Hooper Bay, Alaska, 1941-43

     © Ruth Gruber


3.  Ruth Gruber

A proud father putting his baby to sleep in a bassinet he constructed from gathered rags and pieces of wood, Cyprus Internment Camp, 1947

© Ruth Gruber


4. Ruth Gruber

Romanian families reunite in Haifa Port. Many had not seen each other since the     beginning of World War II, Israel, 1951

© Ruth Gruber


5. Ruth Gruber

Ethiopian Jewish mother with a photograph of her children, who have already immigrated to Israel, Ethiopia, 1985

© Ruth Gruber

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