By Saul Sudin
Rama Burshtein’s Fill The Void (Lemale et ha’halal) is the second film in as many years to emerge from Israel with not only a strong international presence, but a unique perspective on religious Judaism. Just as Footnote before it, this was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards after a run of significant festival appearances (including winning Best Actress at the 2012 Venice Film Festival). The film represents the crowning jewel of an emerging religious women’s cinema scene, which usually sticks to exclusively female audiences. Perhaps as the barriers on cinema in the Orthodox world evolve, the world at large will take notice and an audience for quality work will be there to support it- male or female.
Fill The Void tells the story of a Hassidic family living in Tel Aviv through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Shira (Hadas Yaron), just entering the age to be married, and her mother Rivka (Irit Sheleg), who places family above all else. We are placed inside this complex community without an introduction to their customs, and the film leaves it up to the audience to catch up. But the universality of nervous love through family trials and tribulations should ring true for anyone who sees the film. Only the rules in this particular culture- the modest separation of men and women at virtually any age and the arrangements surrounding a possible shidduch (a sort of blind date set up by a community matchmaker)- make it all the more intriguing.
After a 5 month long residency in New York, contemporary Jewish modernist painter Israel Noaj Sauer will be exhibiting a solo show of Jewish themed paintings inspired by the island of Manhattan. All works were creating during the residency.
With a childlike playfulness, Israel Noaj Sauer of Buenos Aires discusses serious issues about life and ideas drawn from Jewish culture that bring him inspiration. Sauer grew up with exposure and passion to great 20th century modernists and after embracing Judaism as an adult, began his creative practice with a determination to reveal his unique perspective
Monday May 20, 2013
May 12, 2013 11:45am – 6:00pm
The Jewish Waltz with Planet Earth Retreat
Art Kibbutz NY, the international Jewish artist colony launched its pilot residency program this spring at the spectacular Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, New York. The first season’s theme is THE JEWISH WALTZ WITH PLANET EARTH. From May 1-22, 2013, 30 outstanding Jewish artists from all disciplines will be able to work on developing their work while in residence at Eden Village Camp, renowned for its naturalistic beauty. Artists arrived from as far as Australia, Argentina, Israel, Russia, Canada, Great Britain and Hungary to the residency. Join us on May 12th 11:45am – 6:00pm to Art Kibbutz Open Studios at Eden Village to see surprising and creative ways Jewish artists are connecting with mother Earth.
The Jewish Art Salon is a global community of artists, art professionals and art enthusiasts that works within the Jewish community and art world to bring innovation to contemporary Jewish art. Since 2008, the Salon has organized exhibitions, panel discussions, and educational & other art programming with leading international artists and scholars.
Benefits: Membership allows you to be considered for exhibitions and speaking opportunities.
As a Jewish Art Salon member your work will be recommended to curators, art historians, and programming professionals on an individual basis, as well as the other benefits listed below.
1. This year, the Salon is preparing several tightly-curated group exhibits in New York and elsewhere; one of these projects will include a catalog. You will also be able to apply to one of three solo exhibits at the Anne Frank Center in NY; call for art here.
2. The Salon Speakers Bureau, which will bring the members of the Jewish Art Salon into dialogue with the larger community. The Speakers Bureau will be a forum for the public to find lecturers for museums, synagogues, universities, and public institutions throughout the world. Our speakers will provide sessions with a wide range of topics and approaches. Already we have been retained by a non-profit to create artist-led lectures and workshops, and we will be hiring artists soon.
3. We will be building a new & improved website, which will feature artists, 3 of their images, their contact info, links to their website, and keywords to describe their work and media.
We are strengthening our connections with other art communities in the USA and Israel, and we will be working on collaborative projects.
Artist Application Deadline May 19, 2013
The Anne Frank Center USA and the Jewish Art Salon will co-host three solo exhibits at the Center in 2014.
Small-scale 2-dimensional works that are in line with the center’s mission “to educate about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect.”
We are not looking for art that graphically depicts the Holocaust. The work does not have to be Jewish-themed either. For instance: upcoming exhibits include a photo series of Cuban Jews in present-day Havana, a photo series of the Roma and Sinti in 1940-45; and calligraphy paintings inspired by the French children killed in WWII.
Sunday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 3, 2013
116 Johnson Road Falls Village, CT
A wildly diverse array of opportunities to learn about, create, and engage with the arts.
Creator and Creation presented by Saul Sudin of Jewish Art Now
How do we draw upon our own creator for the way we create? What is the meaning of man as created in G-d’s image? This session goes in depth on the creative process as laid out in the book of Genesis and elaborates on ways we all can connect to it.
Life Drawing Meditation led by Elke Reva Sudin of Jewish Art Now
Join artist Elke Reva Sudin in a meditative life drawing session to calm the mind and see subjects as they actually are, not how we perceive them. Materials are provided.
Jewish Self-Discovery Through the Art of the Mandala presented by Sarah Pauker
The Eye, The Fish, The Hamsa presented by Michelle Bentsman
The Book of Ezekiel… and Zombies: Theatrical Research on Resurrection presented by Jesse Freedman and Bronwen Mullin of Meta-Phys Ed.
“Punk Jews” Film Screening and Discussion led by Saul Sudin
Amulet Painting led by Yona Verwer of Jewish Art Salon
Revolutionizing the Jewish Art Community led by Yona Verwer of Jewish Art Salon
Esther’s Day: Purim in Art led by Richard McBee of Jewish Art Salon
Authentic Visual Art Journaling led by Haifa Bint-Khadi
Sanctuary Builders: Va-Yakhel: 35 v20-21 led by Elizabeth Yaari
The Creative Spark (3-part workshop) led by Pete Nelson
Creating successful Jewish public art projects with Art Kibbutz led by Patricia Eszter Margit of Art Kibbutz
Use Discount Code EARLY when you register by June 2nd and save $25.
Storytellers and actors and writers and poets
and producers and musicians and comedians and
philosophers and yogis and gastronomes and
visual artists and performance artists and martial
artists and promoters and protagonists and
provocateurs and erudite educators and lyrical
linguists and fitness fanatics and spielers and
songsters and DJs and dancers and mixologists
and magicians and jugglers and japesters and
family entertainers and social commentators and
social activists and social satirists and…
This September we will open the doors to JW3 – a brand new, state-of-the-art, Jewish community and culture venue on the Finchley Road, London NW3.
To say we’re excited is an understatement.
Alongside the plans for our own events and activities, we’re also now talking to a wide range of extremely
talented people who are eager to showcase their ideas at JW3.
If you would like to partner with us on a commercial basis, and your ambitions match ours, we should talk.
By Sarah Lehat for Tablet
The works in the Yale exhibit are indicative of Shabbat’s choreography, containing as many variations as there are artists on the eruvic theme. Daniel Bauer and Avner Bar Hama each photograph the contested borders of eruv lines crisscrossing Palestinian-Israeli territories, recalling gang culture and turf wars of simultaneously global and personal magnitude. Ellen Rothenberg riffs on the eruv’s units of measurement—tefachim, or handbreadths, and amot, or cubits—tracing a simple black line along her skin, a snapshot of the human scale at the source of halachic terminology. There is Eliott Malkin’s hyper-conceptualized laser eruv, Mel Alexenberg’s exploration of the individual versus the collective, and Suzanne Silver’s depiction of eruv literature taking on a Kafkaeqsue life of its own. A series of exquisite photographs by exhibit curator Margaret Olin highlights the bricolage quality of the eruv’s amateur partitions: Telephone poles become columns to which are affixed the barest of horizontal wire architraves, which reveal how building an eruv can be an act of conceptual or performance art, simulating Christo-like contortions that test how much one can conceal an object while still maintaining its identity.
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You are invited to the third annual conference of the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College:
The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College is hosting a conference to explore the portrayal of Jewish identity in theater, music and visual arts. The “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World” conference will feature panel discussions with directors, Off-Broadway actors, composers, artists, museum educators and college professors. Audio and video clips of performances will be shown. Carol Zemel, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at York University, will give the keynote address. Dr. Zemel was a Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; completed a book, Graven Images: Visual Culture and Modern Jewish History; and is co-founder and co-director of Project Mosaica, a web-based exploration of Jewish cultural expression in the arts.
WHEN: May 7, 12 PM-8:30 PM (Please see the times for each panel and the keynote address below)
WHERE: 55 Lexington, Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center
Entrance is on East 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenue
This event is free and open to the public. Please make reservations (note the panel you are interested in attending) at: [email protected]