Inheritance of a Story presents the poetic prose of Clarice Lispector, mystical Brazilian writer of Jewish-Ukrainian descent, juxtaposed with works of three New York artists Anya Roz, Tanya Levina and Yuliya Levit. This show explores the tales of strangers in strange lands and recurrent narratives of Jewish diaspora. Narratives often repeated in every generation.
Saturday, November 23rd at 8pm
Live set performed by an Israeli-American violinist, singer and composer Efrat Shapira. Read of Clarice by Steve Dalachinsky.
Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
240 East 52nd Street
New York, NY.
Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat – Seeking Applicants
The second annual Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat, a Schusterman Connection Point, will bring together 65 multi-disciplinary emerging Jewish artists from around the world, at the idyllic Garrison Institute, from March 23-26, 2014. Master classes and seminars will be led by professionals from leading arts organizations, empowering emerging artists with the professional skills necessary for a more successful long-term career in the arts. Participants will explore Jewish themes and ideas, and have the opportunity to share and discuss their own work. We hope that by bringing together a global community of emerging Jewish artists, new art and relationships will be fostered that cross national boundaries and artistic mediums. To apply, click here!
If anyone is doubting the growing interest in Jewish art in the Jewish communal world they should check out the two new MA programs in Jewish Cultural Arts that have just been announced at George Washington University in Washington D.C..
The recently launched two-year Master of Arts in Jewish Cultural Arts and the new Master of Arts in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts provides professional opportunities for working in Jewish arts administration, arts management, tourism, and educational institutions.
The new program, the only one of its kind in the country, offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines and enriches coursework from GSEHD’s Museum Education Program and the Columbian College’s master’s degree in Jewish Cultural Arts.
Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ has long promised a big budget, blockbuster take on the biblical narrative. And the director has spoken of incorporating Midrash and Rabbinic commentaries into a truer representation of the material. He told The Playlist, immediately after production wrapped, “In the Bible the story is only a couple of pages, and the perception we have of it in the West is more as a children’s toy — an old man with a long beard and animals two by two on the boat. And there’s so much more to the story than that… there’s a lot of clues there about what the story means.”
That was the tip of the iceberg, as reports surfaced of six-armed angels and accurate ark dimensions. But does it hold up, or is this yet another Jewish content film that is light on Judaism and heavy on what American culture thinks Judaism is?
Judge for yourself in the trailer above.
“Noah” will be released on March 28, 2014 in the USA.
Immersive, intense, free, week-long workshops for anyone, ages 21 to 30, who’s curious about the connections between Jewishness and modern culture.
“My Soul Thirsts” Heichal Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem Bienniale 2013
Review and reflection by Yehudis Barmatz
As a religious Jewish mother and young woman I struggle with my artistic identity. I search for inspiration and company amongst other modern artists whose art practice and Jewish association exists in one breath.
From the start, I have associated my art with my Jewishness but have refused to have answers about how that defines my artwork. Prior knowledge can be restraining. Rebbe Nachman explains that ideas are like a growing fetus. Just as the fetus develops in the darkness of the womb, our thoughts and ideas need to form in the nurturing space of the unknown.
“The question ‘What is Jewish Art?” reads the statement for the group show, My Soul Thirsts, “Is like asking ‘What is Love?’ There is no single, clear definitive answer.” Yes, finally someone said it. In any case, the statement provides an answer. Jewish Art is “the yearning for spiritual growth.” I take liberties to interpret this “definition” as a comment which says, “Let it grow.” Contemporary Jewish art is in throes of development, the yearning for spiritual growth is its process. This process needs space and nurture.
by Jonathan Maseng for JewishJournal.comThe Jewish art scene in Los Angeles is a small but vibrant community that spans generations, styles, and the full length and breadth of the city itself. Now, for the first time, three of L.A.’s preeminent Jewish institutions — Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), University of Southern California Hillel and American Jewish University (AJU) — have teamed up to produce a collaborative exhibition that stretches across three venues and features more than a dozen local artists.
“Sacred Words, Sacred Texts,” which officially opened Oct. 6 with a reception at AJU, is an exhibition that celebrates Jews as a People of the Book: Torah, Talmud, Midrash and sacred poetry are all explored through various media by more than a dozen Jewish artists from the L.A. area. It was curated by Anne Hromadka, Sara Cannon and Georgia Freedman-Harvey.
The Chavaya Fellowship is now accepting applications from the next young Jewish leaders in our community! Deadline to apply is Oct 31st!