Arts Preview



“Prophecy of Place: Quintan Ana Wikswo.” The multi-disciplinary artist Quintan Ana Wikswo created the monumental series, “Prophecy of Place,” as a kind of momento mori for lost Jewish life. Through photographic collages, poetry and video, the artist has created various works inspired by Jewish communities from South America to Russia, from the 13th century and to the last century. Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History, through Feb. 14, 2012. (212) 294-8330

From “The Snowy Days and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.” Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

‘The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951’

At The Jewish Museum


With 150 photographs from such luminaries as Paul Strand, Weegee and Lisette Model, The Jewish Museum will soon host one of the most impressive exhibits of urban photography in history. The exhibit focuses on photographers who were associated with The Photo League, a radical collective that housed a school, a darkroom, a gallery and a salon in Manhattan between 1936 and 1951, and was, above all, driven by a deep social consciousness as well as a refined appreciation of art.

Clockwise from top: The evocative work of Alexander Alland, Sid Grossman, Rebecca Lepkoff and Bernard Cole.

Music List



10: “Monajat (Fervent Prayer),” a new multimedia project by Galeet Dardashti, inspired by the Selichot prayer traditions of Mizrahi Jews throughout the Middle East, including live musical performance by Dardashti and her current ensemble, video installations, interactive workshops and services, at the JCC in Manhattan (76th St and Amsterdam Ave.) at 8:30 p.m. For information go to

Joel Rubin

‘Opera Idol’

When The Economy Lags, The Competition Soars


 T he original heyday of the amateur talent contest was the Depression. Major Bowes ruled the airwaves and talent contests were a highlight in movie theaters and dying vaudeville houses around the country. Today the venue has changed to “reality” television, but the staggering economy still helps fuel people’s dreams of stardom, from “American Idol” to “The Voice.”

Regrettably, live competitions are significantly fewer, although some stalwarts like the Apollo Theater still soldier on.

Singer Michael Peer, a prime mover, along with his sister, of “Opera Idol.”

Film List


 SEPT. 7 - 30: Roman Polanski, a complete retrospective of his work including his early student films as well as such acclaimed works at “The Pianist,” “Chinatown,” “Knife in the Water” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St.). For information go to

Golden-Age Television With A Yiddish Accent

Special To The Jewish Week

There has been a good deal of blather written about the “Golden Age of Television,” a period when shows were broadcast live, great writers tackled important themes and the airwaves were brimming with fine acting.

Two news DVDs with roots in Jewish culture, soon to go on sale, reflect a growing interest in Jewish life from the Old Country.

Theater List


 “Completeness.” GItamar Moses (“Outrage,” “Bach at Leipzig,” “The Four of Us”) returns with a new play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, about a romance between a computer scientist and a molecular biologist. Now in previews for a Tues, Sept. 13 opening at Playwrights Horizons, 416 W. 42nd St. For tickets, $70, call TicketCentral at (212) 279-4200 or visit

One-Acts With Pedigrees:

Woody, Elaine May, Ethan Coen and John Turturro.

Special To The Jewish Week

When “Death Defying Acts,” an evening of one-act comedies opened Off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theatre in 1995, the critics fell over themselves to heap praise on the short plays, which were written by David Mamet, Elaine May and Woody Allen.

According to Vincent Canby of The New York Times, the evening was so “effervescent” that he asked, “Who needs Broadway when Off-Broadway can be as easy and mischievous fun as this?”

The cast of “Relatively Speaking.”

Fall Arts Preview September 2011

The new season in theater, film, music, visual arts and books.

Fall Arts Preview September 2011

The Visual Arts List

Staff Writer

“The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library.” The JTS Library lends some of its most significant ketubot, or marriage contracts, some of them almost 1,000 years old, to The Jewish Museum. (The Jewish Museum, March 11-June 26)

“Impressionism from South Africa, 1965 to Now.” This group exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art features the works of 29 South African printmakers, among them the prominent Jewish artist William Kentridge. (MoMA, March 23-Aug. 14)

From “Finding Home: The Art of Siona Benjamin,” at the JCC in Manhattan in May.
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