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In addition to a priest, mannequins depicting a Jew, a Buddhist, a Hindu and a Muslim greet visitors.
Gordon M. Grant for The New York Times

The artist Nina Yankowitz is known for projecting words in glass houses, and oh how they can shatter the place. For “Criss-Crossing the Divine,” her current exhibition at Guild Hall in East Hampton, she takes on sacred texts. “I’ve always been disturbed by the way religion is so often used to incite people towards divisive behavior,” she said of the interactive show, which is scheduled to run through July 27. “It prompted me to think of ways to motivate individuals to re-examine their personal value judgments.”

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Originally published in The New York Times
By Joyce Beckenstein

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With its newest exhibition, Yael Bartana: Inferno (on view July 18 – October 19, 2014), the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invites visitors to experience a provocative and powerful film that’s only been shown once before in the United States. Inferno is inspired by a Neo-Pentecostal church’s current efforts to rebuild The Temple of Solomon—the violent destruction of which signaled the diaspora of the Jewish people in 6th-century BCE. In an 18-minute film that commingles fact and fiction, prophecy and history, Israeli artist Yael Bartana vividly imagines the epic possibilities and implications of this Third Temple’s construction in São Paulo, Brazil. “Inferno is a large-scale cinematic experience packed with imagery and symbolism referencing everything from religion to pop culture,” explains Maltz Museum Executive Director Ellen Rudolph, a former contemporary art curator.

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Photo credit: Gili Getz

“Mother Tongue” is a collection of fine jewelry in Hebrew, Yiddish and Aramaic created by artist Yael Kanarek during her fellowship at LABA House of Study at the 14Y. Kanarek created the works inspired by texts from the Bible, Zohar, Lea Goldberg, Celia Dropkin and her grandmother. The works are created with a typeface Ms. Kanarek designed specifically for this purpose.

The works are available for purchase at Aleph Foundry. She also creates custom jewelry with Roman or Hebrew alphabet.
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ArtFest, Jewish Art Now, Isabella Freedman

June 30th-July 3rd, 2014
Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT

Curated by Jewish Art Now

Celebrate and participate in the vibrant infusion of creativity and artistic engagement in a diverse, eco-conscious Jewish community. ArtFest offers a wildly diverse array of opportunities to learn about, create, and engage with the emerging universe of Jewish art and the art of Judaism — with over 15 presenters from all walks of art. Explore the presenters, sessions, and partners tabs to learn more.

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Artist profile by Yehudis Barmatz.

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Motta Brim: Born in Jerusalem, 1959. Lives and works in Beitar Illit.

The life of a Hassidic man, family and community oriented, is quite domestic. Often this is overlooked by the world at large. But this introverted reflection and domesticity inspired Motta Brim’s new and original works in a recent show at the Jerusalem Artist House, called “The Bakers Brand,” a series of markings on baking paper left over from Hallah baked for the Sabbath. “Every Friday I am in the kitchen, cooking for the upcoming Sabbath.” Motta explains. “One of the activities I love to do is Hallah Baking.”

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Study Jewish sacred texts as a springboard to artistic creation. Join a community of artists who find inspiration in their heritage. Be a part of a non-denominational study/creative group, a new community, formed by you. Text study lead by Jane Shapiro. Artist direction lead by Judith Joseph.

6 Thursday mornings, 9:45- 11:45 a.m.
June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035.

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From Sagmeister & Walsh:
The Jewish Museum is located in a beautiful seven-story mansion in the Upper East side of Manhattan. It is the preeminent museum in the United States devoted to art and Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum has a renowned collection of 30,000 objects that is among the three largest of its kind in the world and distinguished by its breadth and quality. The museum’s reach expands to a diverse audience through extensive interdisciplinary programming and contemporary exhibitions.

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The Creative Soul Opens in Brooklyn

By Sara Trappler-Spielman for the Wall Street Journal

Artist Natalia Kadish, curator Yitzchok Moully and artist Daniel Wolfe Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal

Artist Natalia Kadish, curator Yitzchok Moully and artist Daniel Wolfe Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal

On a recent Thursday evening, a group of Hasidic women gathered for an unusual celebration.

They sang traditional melodies and talked about attaining freedom through mystical teachings, all to the beat of African drums inside a gallery located in Crown Heights—far from New York’s usual art neighborhoods like Chelsea, Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. A curtain drawn across the doorway blocked the views of male passersby.

The event was organized by the Creative Soul, a group of Orthodox Jewish artists founded by Yitzchok Moully, a Hasidic rabbi and artist who wears a pink yarmulke and creates photo silkscreen works depicting dreidels, Hassidim dancing and rabbis praying.

“I feel it’s my calling to share Judaism through the arts,” said Mr. Moully, a 35-year-old father of five who is curating monthly art exhibitions and hosting weekly open mics at the Mayan Center, a newly renovated community space that the Creative Soul began renting last month.

More than 100 creative types participate in Mr. Moully’s arts scene, and the works are for sale—ranging from $300 to $3,000—yet, he said, they can’t expect to survive on sales alone. The nonprofit group is planning fundraising events and looking to work with Jewish organizations around the country to showcase contemporary Hasidic art.

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Did you donate to the Samurai Jew fundraising campaign we posted about? Well they made the animation! It is fun and funny and good to see an animation like you would on TV but with hilarious and knowledgable Jewish characters.

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