Spertus Institute Closes Controversial Show

Imaginary Coordinates, a controversial exhibition that juxtaposed contemporary Israeli and Palestinian art with antique maps of the region, has been closed prematurely by the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, which had been putting on the show as part of Chicago’s Festival of Maps. It had originally been scheduled through September, and has already been closed and reopened to change the lighting and the language of some labels. Critics charged that parts of the show were anti-Israel, which put the Jewish museum in an uncomfortable spot.