Tobi Kahn

Interpreting 9/11 Through A Jewish Lens

Two artists in inaugural special exhibit at ground zero museum take cues from tradition.

09/06/2016 - 16:46
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In the aftermath of the collapse of the Twin Towers, Donna Levinstone, a New York-based artist and teacher at the National Council of Jewish Women, took a hiatus from her work for three months, describing herself as “too upset” to concentrate on her art.

The entrance to the “Rendering the Unthinkable” show at the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Getty Images

Tobi Kahn’s Soulful Art Is For Jews — And Non-Jews Too

04/25/2016 - 16:31

As the early-April sunlight streamed through a window in his cheerfully cluttered studio in Queens, New York artist Tobi Kahn bent over a workbench with a number 10 Filbert brush. He was putting the third wash of glaze — out of eight — on a painstakingly worked silver-painted peg, a unique miniature sculpture soon to join 48 others.

New York artist Tobi Kahn works in his studio. RNS

Unorthodox Orthodoxy

For the committed or observant Jewish artist, creating art that is meaningful, that stays within the bounds of the second commandment prohibition against graven images and yet avoids kitsch or dogmatism is a daunting challenge. Meeting this challenge head-on with serious humor is “Off Label: Ceremonial Objects Imagined,” an exhibit on view at the JCC in Manhattan that respectfully turns ritual and tradition on its head.

“Tower of Books.” Courtesy of Ken Goldman

Stitching Women's Lives

Jacqueline Nicholls is an artist deeply informed by Jewish teaching and text, but her message — expressed in mediums as diverse as embroidery, corsetry, clothing, paper-cuts and print — is both subtly and explosively subversive.

From Jacqueline Nicholls’ “The Kittel Collection.”
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