LABAlive presents Mother: Martyr

With 3 new works by Argentinian LABA Fellow Mirta Lupferminc.

Through the inhabitable sculptures "S-Naked" and "Eve: Chair of all Mothers" and the video work "Divine Desire" Kupferminc explores that tricky place where desire and motherhood meet.

A salon style evening of theater, dance & art inspired by ancient Jewish texts.

Thursday April 24 at 7:30 PM

14 St Y, 344 East 14 St, New York, NY

More info & tickets here

LESJC 6th Jewish Heritage Festival

Launch of New Exhibition: Streetscapes of the Lower East Side with artist Leah Raab
This activity-packed day of exploring and learning about the Jewish history of Manhattan's Lower East Side includes three walking tours of the neighborhood, a vintage goods benefit sale, and presentations by renowned guest speakers.

Leah Raab
2 PM - Meet the Artist - Reception for Leah Raab.  
Leah will discuss her work, and her special connection to the LES. A professional fine artist, Leah holds an MFA from the NY Studio School, and a BFA with highest honors from the acclaimed Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, Israel. She has had numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions and has taught art on 2 continents for over 35 years. 

Wine and refreshments will be served. This exhibition will be on view at the Visitor Center through May.

Golf Ball Omer Art

Counting of the Omer, (sometimes abbreviated as Sefira or the Omer) is a verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot.


Omer-counters range from decorative boxes with an interior scroll that shows each day's count through a small opening, to calendars depicting all seven weeks and 49 days of the Omer.


Studio Gruss in New York came up with a highly original counter.

Off Label: Ceremonial Objects Imagined

The Work of Dov Abramson and Ken Goldman

JCC Manhattan, Laurie Tisch Gallery
334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Exhibit on view April 4 - June 29, 2014

Opening reception Thu, May 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Curated by Tobi Kahn

Off Label is an examination of boundaries between the sacred and the mundane, between tradition and innovation. The work of Israeli artists Dov Abramson and Ken Goldman reside within the often uncomfortable, sometime humorous place, of contradiction. 
This exhibit will feature sculpture, photography and video.

Info & RSVP here

Jewish Artists in the Bible in 20th century America

Lunch lecture by Samantha Baskind, Professor, Art History at Cleveland State University.

Columbia University, 513 Fayerweather Hall, New York

April 10, 1 PM

RSVP to IIJS@columbia.edu

Presented by The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies

Birds of Longing - Interfaith Visual Arts Project

Laurie Wohl's "Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory" interfaith visual arts project continues its travel, opening next at The Loggia Gallery, Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. 

Artist talk and reception May 9, 6:30-8:30 PM.
The exhibition runs through July 2014.


Shma Journal's April Issue: Cultivating a Spiritual Intensity

Judith Margolis - Aliyah/Going Up
In response to the Jewish Art Salon's call for images the Shma Journal this April features mixed-media work of Judith Margolis and Mirta Kupferminc at its online art exhibition

In addition Judith Margolis wrote (p.10-11) about how a particular drawing accompanied her through a painful time of grief. And how art continues to serves as both a witness and a guide, in her wrestling with religious observance and faith.


Soft habitable Mother sculptures by Mirta Kupferminc

Exhibit opens April 24, 7 PM at the 14 St Y in New York.

Mother: Martyr at the LABA: House of Study, is a salon-style evening of theater, dance and art inspired by ancient Jewish texts.

The Mother sculptures were originated by Kupferminc's fellowship at LABA, a non-religious house of study and culture laboratory at the 14th St. Y. Through the program, artists partake in a yearlong study of Jewish texts and incorporate these ancient ideas into their contemporary work. The curators are Ronit Muskatblit and Elissa Strauss; teaching by Ruby Namdar.


Volumes V exhibit at the JTS

Art exhibit by members of The Jewish Theological Seminary's Artist-In_Residence Program. Curated by renowned artist Tobi Kahn.

Opening Reception April 9, 6:30-8:30 pm
RSVP to studentlife@jtsa.edu or (212) 678-8839

JTS Library - Kawaler Judaica Exhibition Center
3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Artists: Leah Schechter Bennett, Gavriella Bernat-Kunin, Aryeh Davidson, Sara Davidson, Sarah Diamnat, Jennifer Gersch, Gregory Gilbert, Sophia Gilbert, Nellie Harris, Leora Herman, Jonathan Kramer, Shifi Rathaus, Daniel Silberbusch, Mia Simring


In memory of the children of Paris - at the Anne Frank Center USA

A la Mémoire des Enfants Déportés, calligraphic paintings by Eleanor Winters 
In memory of the children of Paris, deported to Auschwitz,1942 to1944.

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6:00–8:00pm

Anne Frank Center USA, 44 Park Place, New York, NY 10007.
Exhibit hours April 9 - June 20, 2014, TuesdaySaturday from 10:00am–5:00pm

Hidden Ellis Island

Quarantine Hospital Doors
Photographs by Paul Margolis
The Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter's Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, NYC

Opening reception: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
April 11 to June 29, 2014, 9-7 daily.

In early 2002, Paul Margolis photographed the interiors of the decaying buildings on the un-restored south side of Ellis Island. They had a haunting beauty, with their subtle, almost monochromatic colors: greens and rust, old brick and peeling plaster.  

While the buildings have been sealed and stabilized since he photographed them, restoration efforts are slow and require millions of dollars. 

Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs

Concert by Inna Barmash with exhibit of paintings by Irina Sheynfeld.

Twinkling Lullabies & Songs of Love and Love Gone Wrong.
Inna Barmash will bring her latest of program of Yiddish songs to the New York Klezmer Series. The program explores art songs and folk songs, including rarely heard treasures of old Soviet era anthologies of songs collected in the shtetls of Ukraine in the 1920s and art songs by Soviet composers set to Yiddish poetry. 
April 1st, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. NYC.

Indian Jewish Narratives of Siona Benjamin

By Richard McBee
March 21, 2014

Siona Benjamin has mounted a remarkable exploration into the complex and multilayered identity of Indian Jews, simultaneously tracking the personal, communal and artistic strands that constitute the very fabric of her life.  This ambitious show of over 30 large works, created within the last 2 years, was inspired by work she did on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011 that allowed her to reconnect and explore the Bene Israel community of Indian Jews of her native Mumbai.  The results confront issues of assimilation, Diaspora, piety and communal preservation that affect us all. Continue reading here.

Exhibits by Wendy A. Rabinowitz


V'Imoteinu: (And Our Mothers)
The Earth Is Our Mothers'…
Solo Exhibit of Weavings / Mixed-Media Assemblages
Till April 6, 2014.
Hillman-Jackson Gallery / The Daniel Arts Center.
86 Alford Road, Bard College of Simon's Rock, Gt. Barrington, MA.


Silverstein's Heroes

By Richard McBee
March 21, 2014

Exactly how is an aspect of Jewish identity expressed in the mid-20th century phenomena of comic book Superheros?  Aside from the ethnic background of Superman’s creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, Depression era Jews, and the fact that his Kryptonian name, Kal-El, becomes the Hebrew “voice of God,” what else is there?  Many have seen multiple Jewish echoes, not the least of which may be his quasi-messianic role in upholding Truth, Justice and the American Way. Joel Silverstein dares to explore the social and personal ramifications of Superman in his current exhibition, “Jo-El / Jore-El: Superheroes, Autobiography and Religion” currently at the Hadas Gallery. Continue reading here

Helene Aylon in Philadelphia

My Notebooks at Ein Harod
Aylon is a visual, conceptual, and installation artist and eco-feminist whose work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York, the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Her slide show, public reading & book signing will take place at Mishkan Shalom Synagogue, 4101 Freeland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19128

Monday March 24, 2014 7:00– 8:30 PM. Free and Open to the Public
Her memoir Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist was published by The Feminist Press in 2012.

Artist Leah Caroline on view at Slifka Center at Yale

Spring Awaking: An Exhibition of Cyanotype prints on Nature, Memory, and Birth

Allen and Leah Rabinowitz Gallery
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
80 Wall Street, 2nd Floor, New Haven, CT
Tel (203) 432-1134

Opening: Thursday, March 27, 4-6 PM

Leah’s work incorporates natural imagery and Hebrew text from Song of Songs, a poetic text with many references to nature and traditionally read during Passover. The artist uses a nineteenth century photographic printing process strongly related to the natural sciences and blueprints, and reminiscent of the ephemerality of nature, dreams, and memories. 

Faith & Form exhibit in the British press

Near-death experience inspires artist’s Golem tale

By Fiona Leckerman
Jewish News UK
March 11, 2014

Ash Fitzgerald is one of two British-Jewish artists selected to exhibit their work at Faith and Form, currently showing at the Anne Frank Centre in New York.

The 49-year-old from East Dulwich and Leeds-based artist Gillian Singer, who are both members of the Jewish Art Salon, created pieces which reflect the themes of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination.

Fitzgerald’s work, Passing Through (A Golems Journey), reflects the idea of the wandering Jew and was inspired by a near-death experience.

Article continues here

Ruth Schreiber's Exhibits

The Wiener Library's Wolfson Reading Room features Schreiber's work in the Book Art Exhibition
On display over Spring-Summer 2014 at 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP, UK. Ph: +44 20 7636 7247. 

The Wiener Library focuses on the study of Holocaust and Genocide.
Schreiber’s Ceramic Book and 8 Screen Prints on her family’s Holocaust history, are included in the presentation. Images of the exhibit here.

Purim by Mark Podwal

Continuing our series of Purim images by Jewish Art Salon members, featured here is Mark Podwal's Purim at the Altneuschul, on the March 2014 cover of the Czech publication Rosh Chodes.

Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in ancient Persia where a plot had been formed to destroy them. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
According to the Book, Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumably Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordechai and his adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.