December News

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As 2016 comes to an end, the Jewish Art Salon is grateful for the opportunities we had to further promote and advance contemporary Jewish visual art. Also, we are entering 2017 with an expanded team: several highly qualified people will join us in the next couple of months.

How are we doing?

Read here some exciting reviews you shared about us.

What did we do this year?

 

–   EXHIBITIONS

Dimensions of Spirituality was curated by Richard McBee and Aimee Rubensteen. This exchange / collaboration with the Jewish Artists Initiative took place in Los Angeles.

Passover and the Consequences of Freedom, curated by Richard McBee, was at the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery this Spring.

New York/New Work, created for the Jerusalem Biennale of Contemporary Jewish Art, was curated by Dvora Liss and David Sperber; it traveled to the Ein Harod Museum. 

Our exhibit JOMIX-Jewish Comics traveled to Long Island.

We co-sponsored a NYC solo exhibit by Ruth Schreiber.

 

–   EVENTS:

 Symposium on Femininity and Masculinity in Jewish Art; at the Ein Harod Museum. Organized by Dvora Liss and David Sperber, during our exhibit New York / New Work.Passover Art Panel Discussion, moderated by Sasha Stern, in conjunction with our exhibit at the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery.

JOMIX – Jews, the Comics & Art; Past & Present, Artists’ Panel discussion in conjunction with our JOMIX exhibit.

–   PUBLICATIONS:

This year we were mentioned in Hadassah Magazine, and the NY Jewish Week. In his 630 page volumeTradition and TransformationThree Millennia of Jewish Art and ArchitectureOri Z. Soltes wrote extensively about the Jewish Art Salon and its role in contemporary Jewish art.

–   TEAM EXPANSION: 

We are excited to introduce the first two of our additional team members.

Katarzyna Kozera is a multimedia artist, art director and photographer. She creates user-friendly multimedia for museums and exhibitions. She designed the multi-media part of the core exhibition at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Poland, as well as several other museums. She completed her MFA studies in Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland, and is working on her Ph.D dissertation and artist project “Society in The State of Danger”. More info about Katarzyna.

Faigie Roth, a graduate of Rutgers University with a Master’s degree in Art History, will take on various responsibilities, including maintaining an artist database as well as researching Jewish organizations for possible collaboration on future projects. Faigie looks forward to learning about the stimulating programs and the myriad of artists who are perpetuating a novel approach to Contemporary art through the exploration of Jewish iconography, philosophy and identity. More info about Faigie.

More about the rest of our team here.

Happy Chanukah,

Yona Verwer
Founding Director


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JOIN US!

We are growing by leaps and bounds and are now the largest Jewish contemporary visual arts organization in the world.

Artists, curators, art historians, art writers, organizations, and anyone interested in contemporary Jewish art are invited to participate.

Applications and renewals for 2017 membership now open!

 

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Publications by two of our Advisors:

MATTHEW BAIGELL

Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American American Art, 188
0-1940 
(Syracuse University Press, 2015) was awarded Honorable Mention in the Association of Jewish Studies Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards for 2016 in the category for Jews and the Arts.

Read about it here.

 

 


SAMANTHA BASKIND

Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible (Cleveland: Galleries at CSU, 2016). Baskind wrote a 180 page catalog to go with the exhibit she curated, that includes all 60 paintings as full-page color plates. 

Archie Rand: The Book of Judith
(Cleveland: Galleries at CSU, 2016). Accompanying a smaller Archie Rand exhibit,  the complete fifteen painting series including all color plates. Info on both books here

 



Listings of current events by our members.

OPENINGS / EVENTS by date

Jan. 10 Creativity and the Jewish Soul – An Exploration of the Book of Genesis. RICHARD MCBEE and Richard Borah, NYC

Jan. 11 KOL NIDRE #3, short film based on ARCHIE RAND‘s book The 613, at the New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF)

Jan. 15 A Day of Peace Readings, on the occasion of Martin Luther King DayMIERLE LADERMAN UKELES at the Queens Museum, NY

Feb. 2 SIONA BENJAMIN – Closing Event with Dance workshop inspired by her Kislev exhibit. Neve Schachter, Tel Aviv

In the media

Tanya Fredman in S’hma’s issue Yetzer Ha’ra

Nancy Current and Archie Rand in Sh’ma’s issue Tochecha /Rebuke

Susan C. Dessel in Women in Judaism

Ongoing

Sjnoder, the Anatomy of Tzedakah, short animation by BILLHA ZUSSMAN

Until December 28 Trees of Life and Evil Eyes at the Abrazo Gallery, NYC
With Gabriella BorosCarol Buchman, Susan DesselBatya Kuncman, Joel Silverstein, Yona Verwer, David Wander. Curated by Deb Ugoretz & Tine Kindermann.

Until Dec. 30 LINDA STEIN at the Holter Museum in Helena, MT.

Until Dec. 30 JUDITH JOSEPH at the Arthur Feldman Gallery, Highland Park, IL

Until Jan 2 Chaim Gross at the EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE, NYC

Until January CAROL KUNSTADT at the Lifebridge Gallery, Rosendale, NY 

Until late January JUDITH APPLETON at Villa Deccan, Jerusalem

Until Jan. 29 MEIRAV ONG at Rojas + Rubensteen, Miami, FL

Until Jan. 30 SUSAN SCHWALB at the MET MUSEUM, NYC

Until Feb 2 SIONA BENJAMIN at NEVE SCHACHTER, Tel Aviv. Curated by Shira Friedman.

Until Feb. 19 MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES at the QUEENS MUSEUM, NY 

Until Jan. 5 DERFNER MUSEUM EXHIBIT “Five Books of Moses”, Riverdale, NY 

Until Feb. WENDY RABINOWITZ  at Colors of Humanity

Until March 19 GABRIELLA BOROS, ELLEN HOLTZBLATT & JUDITH JOSEPH at SPERTUS, CHICAGO 

Until late April HERE IS YOUR KETUBAH at the Ein Harod Museum. With Andi Arnovitz and  Ken Goldman.
Curated by Dvora Liss.

Until June 30, 2017 PAINT BY NUMBERS AT THE HUC-JIR MUSEUM, NY 
With Dorit Jordan Dotan, Larry Frankel, Tamar Hirschl, Tobi Kahn, Richard McBee, Mark Podwal, Archie Rand, Trix Rosen, Fred Spinowitz, David Wander, Ruth Weisberg.
Curated by Laura Kruger.

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Click here to see Calls for Art for the following:

Jewish Art Salon’s Art Exhibit Through Compassionate Eyes; The Ethical Treatment of Animals.

IMAGES for a USA publication, both hard copy and online: 
“Dayeinu” – the idea of “enough” and how it relates to Pesach—but NOT anything specifically about Pesach. “Yovel” – the metaphor of jubilee and the release of property. 

Artist Residency in Jerusalem.

Toronto Collaborative Art Project with Muslim and Jewish Women Artists.

Group show and solo show at JCC Vancouver.

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