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Jewish Art Salon Session With Andi Arnovitz

The Jewish Art Salon is pleased to present:

Andi Arnovitz at Yeshiva University Museum

Thursday, December 3, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Light refreshments – 5:30 pm

6:00 pm Artist’s Tour of Threatened Beauty – Works by Andi Arnovitz 

6:30 pm Arnovitz’s PowerPoint Presentation: highlights of her biblical and Jewish-themed feminist works, Venetian Haggadah project, Jerusalem Biennale.

Andi will lead a personal tour of her current exhibition. These 33 watercolor and collage works utilizing Islamic, Persian, Anatolian and Uzbek images and motifs explore the complex and deeply troubling development of a Iranian nuclear arms program. In a cross-cultural tour-de-force she investigates the meaning and consequences of an anti-Israel, armed and hostile Iran barely 2 hours flight time from her home in Jerusalem.

Around 6:30pm we will adjourn to view a PowerPoint Presentation that will review some of the highlights of her biblical and Jewish themed feminist works; including such textile works as “Vest of Prayers,” “Betrothed to the Land,” “A Blanket for Yael’s Unborn Child,” “Coat of the Agunah,” and “Dress of the Sotah.”

Some of her works that were recently shown at the Jerusalem Biennale 2015 will lead into a consideration of that groundbreaking exhibition, the J.A.S. Pavilion of New York/New Work and its most controversial artworks by artists that investigate Biblical and Jewish themes seen in 9 prestigious Jerusalem venues.

Arnovitz will report on her recent participation in the New Venice Haggadah Project that brought together 8 international artists to create a new Haggadah based on the archetypical 1609 Venetian Haggadah. This intensive project is part of the preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Venetian Ghetto at Passover 2016.

Richard McBee will moderate a discussion of Arnovitz’s work in the context of contemporary Jewish Art and the Jerusalem Biennale.

RSVP here:

Please make every effort to attend this exciting J.A.S. event, graciously hosted by

Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street,

New York, New York.

About the artist:

Andi Arnovitz is a conceptual artist living and working in Jerusalem, Israel. She  uses a variety of media to create work that is both visually beautiful and disturbing. Through installations, prints, artists books and sculpture, she creates art that addresses issues of infertility, divorce, domestic violence,  thorny places where gender, politics and religion meet head-on, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A master printmaker, Arnovitz often uses various print mediums to convey her  messages, and frequently employs text as part of her artistic vocabulary.

Her work has been exhibited in England, the United States, Canada, Finland, France, Spain, Lithuania, Poland and Israel. Her work is in many public and private collections including the US Library of Congress, The Israel National Library, The Museum of Art, Ein Harod, YU Museum of Art NYC,  The Magnes Collection and Yale University. It is also in many private collections in Europe, the United States and Israel.

About the Center for Jewish History

The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span 700 years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the Center offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposia, conferences and lectures. The Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, and is a partner of the Google Cultural Institute. The Center for Jewish History is home to the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute, The David Berg Rare Book Room and The Collection Management & Conservation Wing. Public programs create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical and cultural material that lives within the Center’s walls.
About Yeshiva University Museum
Yeshiva University Museum is dedicated to the presentation and interpretation of the artistic and cultural achievements of Jewish life. The Museum, founded in 1973, is distinguished by its wideranging and intellectually rigorous exhibitions and, as the cultural arm of Yeshiva University, by its strong educational mission. As a partner in the thriving Center for Jewish History and a participant in New York’s lively downtown cultural scene, Yeshiva University Museum makes a distinctive and important contribution to Jewish life and to the world of culture and the arts. The Museum’s rich and diverse collections preserve Jewish artifacts, art, texts and material culture for posterity, making objects accessible through exhibitions, educational programs, and research and conservational initiatives.

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