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Art in the Lobby – Temple of Shadows

Temple of Shadows

Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and David H. Wells

Exhibition Duration: November 14th-January 2nd


The Hotel Congress Lobby Gallery presents an exciting new exhibition named Temple of Shadows, which are photos by Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and David H. Wells. This long term project, almost 20 years in the making and never before shown to the public, is a collection of 15 prints that portray Temple Emanu-El before its renovation. The juxtaposition of the black and white photos, representing the pre-renovation, and the color photos, representing the post-renovation of the Synagogue, connotate feelings of re-purpose for the current Jewish History Museum. Professional photographers Abigail Gumbiner, Annu Matthew and David H. Wells collaborated over the decades to capture the 1910 Stone Avenue Temple as you have never seen before. Temple of Shadows is on display until January 2nd. Prints are available for purchase anytime before, after and during the opening reception hosted in the Hotel Congress Lobby, December 13 from 5-8pm.

Built in 1910, the Jewish History Museum (Historic Stone Avenue Temple) was the first Jewish house of worship established in the Arizona Territory. It is located in the downtown area and is within the Barrio Libre National Historic Area in Tucson, Arizona.  In 1998 the building was saved from demolition. The buildings historic preservation was completed in 2007 and the Jewish History Museum was opened in January 2008.

For more information about the Jewish History Museum please visit To see each artists work, visit Abigail Gumbiner at , Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at and David H. Wells

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