Passover and the Consequences of Freedom

Art exhibit presented by Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery and the Jewish Art Salon.

Curated by Richard McBee, Jewish Art Salon.

Opening reception Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8:00 – 11:00 pm.

March 12 – June 25, 2016, on view Sundays 11-2.

About the exhibit:
Lenore Cohen, To The Intelligent, A Hint is Sufficient, Ink & watercolor on paper, 2015

This year Passover will be really special in Brooklyn as the Congregation Kol Israel launches the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery with their inaugural exhibition “Passover and the Consequences of Freedom.” This exhibition of paintings, graphic work and photographs presents over 50 pieces of contemporary Jewish Art at its most diverse.  All works were done within the last decade, most within the last 2 years.  This selection of 34 international artists demands an investigation some of the most important themes of Passover and its narrative conclusion, Shavuot.

Ellen Holtzblatt, Waters, Monotype, 2005

Naturally the Seder is fully explored from the fundamental exhortation of “No More Chometz” to the participants themselves, especially the four sons, four daughters and the 4 answers concluding in a chilling “In Every Generation.”

The shadow of Moses is glimpsed in both Pharaoh’s Daughter and Tziporah while the Plagues find expression in both Superman and Locusts.

The Exodus itself is seen in manifold abstract expressions as well as literal slosh through the Reed Sea.

The transformative experience at Sinai ranges from depictions of the purely spiritual, abstract, and commandment driven to a hovering mountain and the women’s role in constructing the Mishkan and defining the laws of inheritance with the Daughters of Zelophehid.

The Passover experience as envisioned in contemporary Jewish Art is completed with three works devoted to the Land of Israel.

Passover and the Consequences of Freedom establishes the vibrancy of contemporary Jewish Art as a primary means of connecting Jewish thought with contemporary Jewish visual culture.

Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery at Congregation Kol Israel

603 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 638-6583



3 Blocks from the Brooklyn Museum.

Trains: 2, 3, 4 & 5 to Franklin Avenue

Bus: B45 to St. John’s Place

Photos of the opening reception here

Panel Discussion April 10 at 7 pm.

Sasha Stern will moderate a discussion between Richard and the New York area artists.

Participating artists:

Gabriella Boros, Shoshannah Brombacher, Ph.D., Lenore Cohen, Nancy Current, Alan Falk, Harriet Finck, Anna Fine Foer, Shmuel Hagag, Beth Heit, Alan Hobscheid, Ellen Holtzblatt, Sandra Indig, Judith Joseph, Caroline Karpati, Neil Kerman, Batya F. Kuncman, Dov Lederberg, Diana Leonie, Richard McBee, Yitzchok Moully, Michal Nachmany, Lila Nadelmann, Flora Rosefsky, Ruth Schreiber, Dorene Schwartz-Weitz, Rebecca Schwarz, Brian Shapiro, Adele Shtern, Joel Silverstein, Hillel Smith, Arza Somekh Coen, Fred Spinowitz, Miriam Stern, Toby Turkel, Jeane Vogel, Rudi Wolff.

Names in bold are Jewish Art Salon members.

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2 responses to “Passover and the Consequences of Freedom”

  1. doritjordan Avatar

    Congratulations !!! I wish I could be there. Looks like an amazing show.