Opening Reception for Two Special Gershman Y Exhibits

We invite the public to a reception celebrating the opening of two extraordinary exhibits running concurrently at the Gershman Y: Letters from my Grandparents: The Art of Ruth Schreiber and A Close Look Inside James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym: Photographs by Jano Cohen.

Gershman Y Exhibit-Ruth-Schrieber-image-1-600x400“Letters from my Grandparents,” which closes March 30, is a mixed-media exhibition that carries substantial history and emotional import. The artist, Ruth Schreiber, has spun her family history into drawings, sculptures, clothing, table settings and more in her ongoing tribute to her grandparents, who perished in the Holocaust but managed to write approximately 200 letters and postcards to their five surviving children between 1939 and 1942.

Enthralled with the famed James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in West Philadelphia, photographer Jano Cohen made many visits to the gym over the course of a year, earning members’ trust and photographing the gym’s regulars, teachers and students. The result of this intimate access is a collection of photographs comprising the exhibit “A Close Look Inside James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym,” brought to the Gershman Y through a collaboration with the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. This exhibit will close on March 8.

The January 26th opening will include light bites, libations and comments from the artists themselves. You can register for the opening online at or by calling 215-545-4400.