The Jewish Art Salon and the Kraft Center present:
Still, Small Voice in a Noisy World: Jewish Heritage and Contemporary Art.
Panel Discussion, in conjunction with the art exhibit “Get lucky: Amulets and Ketubah Art by Judith Joseph”.
April 18, 2013
Opening Reception 6-7 pm
Discussion 7-8 pm
Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center
606 West 115 Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10025
Panelists: Judith Joseph, Alison Kruvant and Isaac Peterson, artists.
Moderator: Buzz Slutsky, artist & program assistant at the Tisch Gallery at the JCC Manhattan.
Judith Joseph is a painter and calligrapher with commissioned works in hundreds of private and public collections. Her specialty is the Ketubah (Hebrew illuminated marriage contract, an illustrated calligraphic work used in Jewish weddings). Judith works in egg tempera, watercolor and acrylic. In addition to her calligraphy and illustration commissions, she creates and exhibits paintings and installation works. She is a published illustrator and a two-time recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award. She is a painting instructor at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Art Center, Highland Park.
Alison Kruvant has created, curated, reviewed, researched, and exhibited art. She earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Art History. In 2011, Kruvant traveled to Poland to contribute to the reconstruction and painting of the roof of a 17th century wooden synagogue for permanent exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Since then, she has painted community murals in New York City with artists and organizations such as Big Hands and Los Muralistas de El Puente. Her personal work includes portraits and explorations of cultural heritage. Kruvant is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Isaac Peterson creates works of fine art in the media of oil paint, watercolors and photography and has exhibited throughout the New York City area. He currently teaches as an adjunct assistant professor at Hostos community college in the south Bronx, and Borough of Manhattan Community College in Manhattan. He also works as a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan. He is primarily focused on creating fine art children’s books using classical artistic approaches and digital means.
Buzz Slutzky is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator. Buzz primarily integrates drawing, poetry, and video art with themes of online identity, voyeurism, and gender variance. They use comedy as a tool They are a former Curator of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and currently work as Program Assistant at Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC Manhattan. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Buzz’s work has been shown at La Mama’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance, The MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival, Dixon Place, and Ed. Varie Gallery. Their projects have been written about by Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, TimeOut NY, and NEXT Magazine. Buzz’s collaboration with LJ Roberts The Queer Houses of Brooklyn is the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
NOTE: Buzz identifies as genderqueer, which is in between male and female on the gender spectrum. Buzz uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/theirs.
Buzz’s statement: “A common assumption is that both my first and last names, “Buzz” and “Slutzky” are made up. In reality, only my first name is self-constructed; it is, however, considered a “real” name in the trans community, because it aligns accurately with my identity as a genderqueer person. “Slutzky” is a given name, but has shaped my personality and ability to handle challenges comedically. I’ve been greatly influenced by the Jewish cultural strategy of using comedy to make light of histories of oppression and struggle. This comedic mechanism has also carried over into much of my art practice.”