A Tradition of Embellishment: Exploring the Aesthetics of Jewish Arts

Join us for the second session in the virtual program series.

May 3rd, 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm EDT; 17:30-19:00 Israel time.

Facilitators: Cynthia Beth Rubin and Chana Wiesenthal Elias

10:30-11:30 Presentations

11:30-12:00 Open discussion with audience

Is there an identifiable Jewish sensibility or aesthetic, a Jewish way of thinking, that finds its genesis in a theological tradition of embellishing texts, ritual objects, religious music, and poetry as prayer? When we look at traditional Jewish texts, we see layers of meaning, layers of commentary and embellishments both visual and textual. In the Marseilles Bible, for example, the Biblical text is interspersed with carpet pages, which in turn are pages of decorative motifs derived from local Spanish architecture surrounded by micrography, little writing that winds around with comments and references.

As creative thinkers, our cultural distinction may not always be content driven, but is often reflected in the structuring of our creative output. We come from a tradition of ever evolving interpretations, of finding layers of meaning and of approaching a place from a multitude of viewpoints all at once, in even the seemingly most simple text. This is a forum to begin a discussion of how cultural motifs and layered thinking come together in the work of many Jewish artists, focusing on ideas and conceptual journeys.

Confirmed Participants

Leah Caroline https://www.leahcaroline.com

Chana Wiesenthal Elias https://www.chanawiesenthalelias.com

Bob Gluck http://www.electricsongs.com

Beth Haber https://www.bethhaber.com

JS Horseman https://jshorseman.com

Judith Joseph https://www.judithjosephstudio.com

Leslie Klein http://www.lesliejklein.com

Cynthia Beth Rubin http://cbrubin.net

This series of art studio visits is organized by the Jewish Art Salon, and co-sponsored by Art Kibbutz and JADA Arts.

Cynthia Beth Rubin is an early adopter of digital imaging, transitioning from paint in the 1980s.  Rubin’s prints, videos, and interactive works have been shown on the ICC tower façade in Hong Kong, the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Cotton Club screen in Harlem, the ICA in London, and the Jerusalem Biennale, and numerous international festivals featuring digital art, such as  ISEA and SIGGRAPH.  Equally fascinated by imagined memories of cultural history and with envisioning the unseen microscopic life of oceans and still waters, her works evoke narratives through interwoven layers of representation and abstraction, frequently combined with interactive experience. http://cbrubin.net

Since 1990 Chana Wiesenthal Elias has created images with both a 4×5″ camera and 35mm using traditional films, Polaroid and digital photography. Her work explores the mythology and ethos of contemporary culture as it relates to identity, time and place, the construction and re-construction of memory, and the aesthetics of eroticism. Chana received her MFA from Bard in 1993 and her BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1989. She currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL and actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. https://www.chanawiesenthalelias.com

6 responses to “A Tradition of Embellishment: Exploring the Aesthetics of Jewish Arts”

  1. susanmaytell Avatar

    Great! Thank you. Received the email with all the info. Very much looking forward to it.

  2. shoshannahbrombacher Avatar

    Dag Yona, hope you are safe. Are you looking for artists who can talk from their studio via Zoom? I am willing to particpate if we are going to organize “studio visits.”

    Bivrakhah, Shoshannah

    On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 10:11 AM Jewish Art Salon wrote:

    > jewishartsalon posted: ” Join us for our second session in our virtual > program series. May 3rd, 2020, 10:30am-12:00pm EDT; 17:30-19:00 Israel > time. Facilitators: Cynthia Beth Rubin and Chana Wiesenthal Elias > 10:30-11:30 Presentations 11:30-12:00 Open discussion with” >

    1. jewishartsalon Avatar

      Emailed you just now!

  3. shoshannahbrombacher Avatar

    Great. I want to participate as well.

  4. susanmaytell Avatar

    Good morning,

    Very happy to get this email announcing the Virtual program on May 3rd. I couldn’t figure out how to register for the program. Is there a link I overlooked?

    Thank you,

    Susan May Tell Fellow Member Jewish Art Salon

    SUSAN MAY TELL Photographs of Space, Silence & Solitude

    Adorama Pro: Susan May Tell,  Poet with a Camera

    Upcoming traveling exhibition: A Requiem: Tribute to the Spiritual Space at Auschwitz September – December 2021, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University Bookings, please contact hava@art2art.org at art2art.org

    1. jewishartsalon Avatar

      Susan, JAS members (and AK and JADA affiliates) will receive an email each week with the zoom link and password. We cannot publicly list that info because of zoom hacking issues. This week’s email will probably go out Wednesday.