Since 1990, the Borowsky Gallery has established a reputation as an art space devoted to innovative, thought-provoking shows in all media, of interest to Jewish audiences and the wider cultural community. Founded by Laurie Wagman and Irvin J. Borowsky, its stated mission is “to affirm the spiritual and communicative contributions of the arts to our private lives and public culture.”
The Borowsky Gallery continues a decades-long tradition of artistic excellence at the Gershman Y. Starting in the 1950’s, The Y Arts Council’s forward-looking exhibits and events brought artists including Christo, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg, and even an early Happening by Alan Kaprow, to Philadelphia audiences for the first time.
Highlights of the Borowsky Gallery’s past seasons include solo exhibits by such notable artists as graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, painter Archie Rand, installation artist Hélene Aylon and French photographer Frédéric Brenner; and many group shows on diverse themes, from environmental art to paintings as visual Midrash (commentary on Jewish texts). The Borowsky Gallery features work in all media, from painting, sculpture and installation art to video and photography, fiber, glass, and ceramics.