Art

Julia Adolphe, 25

Special To The Jewish Week
06/04/2013

www.juliaadolphe.com
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

06/04/2013

www.koshadillzworld.com
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

Two Israeli Painters To Watch

This year’s MFA exhibition at The New York Studio School, which opened on Wednesday night, includes two Israeli painters working with specifically Jewish or Israeli themes.  Leah Raab paints large-scale images of Jerusalem that are tender and intimate, but sometimes communicate a sense of foreboding. Shany Saar paints narrative works, often of biblical themes.  Both create strong images through an inventive sense of form and color, vigorous brushwork and an achieved sense of pictorial space.

Happiness Show: Just Thinking About It Makes Me Smile

Happiness... there is a word for it in every language, yet, what it is and how best to sustain it is a perennial puzzle. There is hardly a culture, religion or political platform that fails to mention it, while few have defined it in consistently satisfying terms.

Photo courtesy The Jewish Museum

Scouting the Armory Show

It’s the 100th anniversary of the legendary 1913 Armory Show, which took place in the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue and is widely credited for bringing Modern art to New York. A slew of shows are planned during 2013 in celebration. 
 

A Painter’s Meditation on Sinai


My painting of the giving of the Torah on Sinai appears on the book jacket of a terrific new book that’s said to be secular. I’ve been wondering about this.

And I Will Write on These Tablets, Exodus 34:1 (from Seeing Sinai), Jill Nathanson 2005. Malcolm Varon

Crowning Lena Dunham

Esther as Eloise?  Makes sense when Lena Dunham channels the parentless and precocious Eloise - “I am Lena and I am six” -- for a modern retelling of the Purim spiel.

Lena Dunham. Photo by Matthew Carasella/The Jewish Museum

The Eruv: Staying within Bounds

An exhibit at the Yeshiva University Museum, “It’s a Thin Line,” describes the history of the eruv and its evolution both nationally and across the globe, but it is the story of the Manhattan eruv, established in 1907 -- and a source of controversy since its inception -- which makes up the core of the exhibit.

"Tightrope" by Yona Verwer. Photo courtesy Yeshiva University Museum

Art, Beauty and the Shoah

Yishai Jusidman’s color palette is limited to materials connected to the Nazi gas chambers:  Prussian Blue, a pigment that appeared on the chamber walls as a by-product of the Zyklon B Gas; a silicon dioxide power used for pellets that delivered the gas to the sealed chambers; and flesh-tone colored paints, referring to the murdered millions. 
 

Judaism and Comic-Con: Reality, or Sci-Fi Fantasy?

For those of you who are not fortunate enough to have a geek/nerd/fanperson in your life, New York Comic-Con was in town the weekend of October 11th to 14th. Stepping into the Javits Center is like magic, as you are suddenly surrounded by not only other people who have an over appreciation for comic books, but crowds so thick with people dressed as Princess Leia or Inuyasha that it’s hard to move.

New York Comic-Con, back in 2007 when it was way quieter.
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