Art

Abstracting The Shoah

As Theodor Adorno famously said shortly after World War II, "To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” That challenge continues to confront artists who attempt to depict the Holocaust.

Charles Goldstein, “Le poids des ombres” (The weight of shadows). Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of Agora Gallery

Two Artists Address Difficult Issues In Tribeca Exhibit

Tribeca’s Synagogue for the Arts, which is an architectural masterwork itself, is hosting a new exhibit in its downstairs gallery space, featuring work by Yona Verwer, a Dutch-born, New York-based artist and Heather Stoltz, also a New York artist. Each looks to the topic of vulnerability in New York City.

 

Times Square Taxi -- God's Medallion. Yona Verwer.

Treasures In The Bronx

One of the New York City’s best-kept secrets, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is a treasure trove of unexpected delights. The permanent and rather eclectic collection housed there contains more than 5,000 works of art. Prepare to be surprised by the array: Around one corridor, Andy Warhol’s “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” around another William Wegman’s iconic Weimaraner photos. Here an Alex Katz, there a Picasso, or lurking behind a column, a Ben Shahn or Louise Nevelson.  And be sure to stare back at the “Portrait of Thomas Chaloner,” from the school of Anthony Van Dyck (c. 1630s) with its eponymous subject coolly gazing out at diners in the facility’s River Café. The sculpture garden, with its sweeping view of the Hudson River, includes work by Herbert Ferber and Menashe Kadishman. And, in the hallways, don’t miss the collection of Madame Alexander First-Lady Dolls.

Lynda Caspe, “Cain and Abel.” Photo courtesy Derfner Judaica Museum

Culture Foundation's New Commission: A Musical Sarajevo Hagaddah

The famous illuminated manuscript will become a multimedia musical presentation.

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The Sarajevo Haggadah, the famous illuminated manuscript, is the inspiration for the new multimedia art project entitled, “The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book,” the Foundation for Jewish Culture has announced.

Sewing Memories

Maya Chaimovich’s quilts were not meant to warm a bed. The Israeli quilter makes exquisite art, using colored threads and fabric to create painterly, impressionistic brush strokes.

Maya Chaimovich, "In Memorial." Courtesy of The Art Quilt Gallery

Zach Fredman, 28

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06/04/2013

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A heretic’s path to prayer.

After Zach Fredman returned from an eight-month stint in India, his family remarked: “You were crazy before you left, but you’re more comfortable in your craziness after coming home.”

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"The heretics, the apikurus, are always the ones who are the most interesting, the ones creating the next step."
-- Zach Fredman, 28

Anna Zicer, 25

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06/04/2013

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Making the world her stage.

Anna Zicer radiates American warmth, yet she gestures like a hard-nosed Israeli. She’s just 25, yet her credentials suggest someone much older. She has barely a trace of an accent, yet she maintains deep familiarity with the Russian-Jewish community.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

"All of these experiences led to where I am today, trying to engage people using artistic tools to see why they are the way they are."
-- Anna Zicer, 25

Cori Silberman, 30

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06/04/2013

Storytelling with a Jewish sense.

Milwaukee native Cori Silberman was always fascinated with American Jewish history. So after venturing into a successful television production career, it seemed only natural she would start her own company focused on just that topic.

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Julia Adolphe, 25

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06/04/2013

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Making opera trendy to a younger generation.

Can opera sing, so to speak, to  young Jews?

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Rami Matan Even-Esh, a.k.a. Kosha Dillz, 31

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Building bridges with Jewish rap.

He hangs out with hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) and Rick Ross, but also proudly sports a yarmulke and Star of David necklace.

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Alison Klayman, filmmaker, Chinese speaker

“Fusing the world of rap and Judaism is something I’ve always done. My whole career is about being a Jewish, pro-Israel rapper.”
-- Rami Matan Even-Esh, a.k.a. Kosha Dillz, 31

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