Lew the Jew & His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo. In a new, original exhibition, The Museum examines the work of "Lew the Jew" Alberts (born Albert Morton Kurzman, 1880–1954), one of America's most influential tattoo artists at the beginning of the twentieth century. The exhibition, drawn from the collection of San Francisco artist, author, and tattoo legend Don Ed Hardy, includes never before exhibited original tattoo artwork, photographs, and correspondence between Lew and San Francisco tattooists "Brooklyn Joe" Lieber and C.J. "Pop" Eddy.
San Francisco legend and legendary tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy has published an expansive book on tattooing in the United States, centered on “Lew the Jew,” aka Albert Morton Kurzman, (1880–1954), an icon of the New York City Bowery in the early 20th century. This exhibition is based on the book and features unpublished and rare original tattoo designs, artwork, photos and ephemera.