Judith Appleton at the Jerusalem Artists` House

White Desert Curated by Irena Gordon opens Saturday December 20, 2014.
The exhibit will be on view till February 14, 2015

Gallery talk: Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:00

Judith Appleton is exhibiting minimalistic paintings of color patches located between the figurative and the abstract, brought forth from the observation of two seemingly opposite landscapes – the Middle Eastern desert and the North Pole region.

Opening Hours:
Sun–Thurs: 10:00–13:00, 16:00–19:00
Friday: 10:00–13:00 Saturday: 11:00–14:00

Jerusalem Artists' House, Shmuel Hanagid 12, Jerusalem
Tel. 02–6253653 

Leah Raab's Beyond The Surface

The Creative Soul presents a solo exhibition by Leah Raab. The artist lived in Israel for many years and much of her work focuses on the theme of what characterizes Israeli life - hidden meanings beyond the surface, at times ominous and at times spiritual.

On view December 10 through January 4, 2015 at the Creative Soul Gallery, 386 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213.
Artists opening reception December 14. 4-6pm.

Raab's paintings of children in the playgrounds may appear harmonious and tranquil with a sense of a joyous exterior veneer. But each painting hints at impending danger. Things on the surface are not always what they seem and life in Israel, and as a Jew, is often threatened. Children huddled in large concrete pipes are terrified, hiding in makeshift shelters to protect themselves from incoming rocket attacks. 


#PlusLight - Interactive Chanukah Project by Tobi Kahn

Chanukah calls us to pay attention to the way a tiny light illuminates the darkness. It challenges us to see the miracles of our own lives, how kindness, generosity and hope have the power to be transformative.

#PlusLight is a virtual project conceived by artist Tobi Kahn to focus on seeing light in everyday life, and sharing light and hope in the face of the daunting realities of our time. Inspired by Chanukah, the JCC Manhattan invites the global community to use this hashtag as a way of documenting the light we see in the world during the holiday season.

How to  Participate
Take pictures of light wherever you see it. Streetlamps, menorahs, candles and more.

Tag photos with #PlusLight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or email your photos to PlusLight@jccmanhattan.org

On each of the eight nights of Chanukah Tobi Kahn will select one inspiring image to feature on the JCC Manhattan Facebook page.


For every 50 photos tagged with #PlusLight MPOWERD will donate a solar powered light to people in the developing world living in energy poverty.
More info here.

Contemporary Artists Exploring Women in Tanach and Talmud

The Association of Jewish Studies will hold its 46th Annual Conference in Baltimore December 14-16, 2014.  Sunday December 14, 11:15am to 12:45pm, a Roundtable Discussion titled Contemporary Artists Exploring Women in Tanach and Talmud will take place at the Hilton Baltimore.

The discussants are all Jewish Art Salon members: Richard McBee, Ruth Weisberg, Matthew Baigell, Ben Schachter. The moderator is Vivian Mann, Director of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Master's Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture

The role of women protagonists in Tanach and Talmudic narratives is dynamic, generative and frequently overlooked in traditional Biblical studies. In many instances women instigate and propel crucial narratives. The illustrious list unfolds from Eve, Lilith, Sarah and Hagar, Mrs. Potiphar, Asnath, Serach, Batya, the Daughters of Zelophehad, Rahab, Devorah, Jael: all of these women and dozens more are uniquely crucial to the biblical narrative as women. Many more are lurking in the Talmud and commentaries. Contemporary Jewish artists are beginning to explore many of these women’s narratives.

Archie Rand – The Painted Shul: A Film by Amala Lane

Amala Lane’s film Archie Rand–The Painted Shul (2007) will be screened on Thursday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Biederman Library at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale located at 5901 Palisade Avenue in Riverdale, NY. 

This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Archie Rand: Psalm 68 and is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. at 718-581-1596 or art@hebrewhome.org.

In the 1970s, Archie Rand painted over 8,000 square feet of murals in the sanctuary and study rooms of the Sephardic synagogue B'nai Yosef in Brooklyn. Located in a bustling and diverse neighborhood on Ocean Parkway, the murals’ cacophony of styles range from realistic to abstract. Their appearance gave rise to fierce debate about the appropriateness of such painting among rabbis and congregants because of the Second Commandment’s prohibition against graven images. 

Jews And The Indian National Art Project

This book, with cover art by Siona Benjamin, chronicles the substantial role Jews played in the shaping and development of contemporary Indian art and aesthetics.

It raises issues such as: 
Does the term "Indian artist" apply to anyone born in an Indian family?
What role can foreigners and members of Indian minority groups play in the Indian National Art Project as scholars, critics or artists?
Is a piece of art "Indian art" because of its subject matter or its style?
Is it possible to uitilize "foreign techniques' in creating "Indian art"?


Jerusalem Biennale - Call for Art

The Jerusalem Biennale will be held for the second time between September 24th and November 5th, 2015 in different locations around the city center of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the places in which the Contemporary Art world and the Jewish world of content meet. It is a stage for professional artists, who create today and refer in their work to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience.

The Jerusalem Biennale is seeking Institutions, Artists Groups and Independent Curators worldwide to submit proposals for Biennale2015 – The world's first Biennale dedicated to Contemporary Jewish Art. The proposals should be for an entire exhibition of any discipline or combination of disciplines (painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and more). Proposals for performance(s) can be included in an additional chapter within the general proposal.
The Biennale encourages collaboration between different organizations and groups to submit a joint proposal. Collaborative submissions will be ranked higher. 

"A Woman of Valor, Who Will Find?" Check Her Hair

Sara Zell Young in The Forward

"After college, I became traditionally observant for the first time, taking on a chunk of religious obligations without really understanding them. Newly relocated to New York, I was new to graduate school and new to the study of Torah. I found a rabbi to teach me the ins and outs of halachic observance and soon after we started studying, he invited me for Shabbos dinner. I was drawn to the family’s recitation of the traditional Friday night table song, “Eishes Chayil” or “Woman of Valor” to the rebbeitzen, their wife and mother. "
Continue article here.

Echoes from the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld 

Artist Talk

Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00pm
Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W 16 St, New York, NY 10010.

Register at www.smarttix.com (and search "Echoes of the Borscht Belt.") 

In this series of richly textured, large-scale photographs, Marisa Scheinfeld documents the dramatic degradation of some of the most famous Borscht Belt hotels. The images reveal ghostly remnants of the glory years of the era, as well as powerful evidence of nature's claim on the resorts and their landscapes, and new uses to which the spaces have been put in recent years.

100 Views of New Jerusalem by Michael Korosty


This art exhibit and book presentation will feature 100 drawings of contemporary Jerusalem by Michael Korosty. 

December 3 at 6:30 - Opening reception at the gallery at the Synagogue for the Arts, 49 White St, New York, NY 10013.

The public will have a first look at a limited edition book and show of images at the gallery of one of NYC's landmarks in Tribeca.

This project is made possible through a grant by the COJECO BluePrint Fellowship funded by the UJA-Federation of New York and Genesis Philanthropy Group.

The 42-Letter Name by Robert Kirschbaum

The Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, will be exhibiting Robert Kirschbaum’s print folio/artist’s book, “The 42-Letter Name,” along with 3 pieces from the artist’s “Devarim" series of machined aluminum sculpture, from December 12, 2014–April 12, 2015, in MAG’s Lockhart Gallery.

Fusing Judaic concepts of sacred space with forms derived from traditional South Asian religious art, Robert Kirschbaum’s The 42-Letter Name is a meditation upon divinity, creation and faith. Each page of the folio references a letter of one of the secret names of God. Kirschbaum’s invented language of mystical symbols evokes Hebrew letters, the sacred space of the Temple and Jewish ritual objects.

The artist has said “many layers of memory are invested in this work,” including preparations for his bar mitzvah, an industrial arts class in high school, and a 1966 visit to MAG as an undergraduate which sparked his life-long interest in the art of India and South 

 Asia.

Twelve Tribe Project by Jan Lauren Greenfield

Did Jacob’s sons walk the ancient paths of their land trailed by tribesmen and women hoping to get a glimpse? Did they have an entourage? Would they be living in Hollywood today? Did their friends and family hit them up for extra livestock? The Twelve Tribes Project seeks to answer these questions.

New York's JEP initiative features one innovative artist each year and has selected Jan Lauren Greenfield for the 2014-2015 cycle.  Ms. Greenfield’s Twelve Tribe Project, which opens December 9, examines the archetypes and symbols associated with each of the twelve tribes and replaces them with a pop culture star. Greenfield’s research was derived from years of study of traditional scripture, exegetical text, and shamanic interpretation. The biographical data and film history of each actor was then matched with a corresponding tribe.


In this exclusive interview with the Jewish Art Salon, Ms. Greenfield answers a few questions about her new show.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art Works

Artforum featured Mierle Laderman Ukeles' Maintenance Art Works at Australia's Institute of Modern Art.

Her solo exhibit, a survey of her early works, takes place October 11 – November 30, 2014.
Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Ground level, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts,
420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia
 

Although Ukeles took a seminal position in early conceptual and feminist art, and is represented in almost every anthology of 1960s and 1970s artists, her work has not yet been explored for its wider significance. The exhibition presents major works spanning a decade of production and is based on a show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts gallery in New York 1998. This "tikkun olam project" is the first solo exhibition of Ukeles's practice in Australia. Read here the Artforum review of the exhibition

Her other current exhibits:

Tangram Menorah by Studio Armadillo

Handmade in Israel of Mahogany wood, this tangram design is inspired by an ancient Chinese puzzle. It adds a sense of cultural fusion to the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.

Invented in China during the Song Dynasty, the tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces, which may not overlap.  

Read here why Studio Armadillo likes Chanukah so much, and view 8 of their innovative menorah designs.

Andi Arnovitz & Sarah Zell Young in 614HBI

Two articles in Hadassah's current online magazine feature Jewish Art Salon members. 

In The Paper Manipulator Andy Arnovitz describes how she works with paper in unexpected ways, and about the way the differences between Jewish Law and contemporary society played a role in her work. 
Read here.


Sarah Zell Young relies on ancient Jewish text to create her provocative performance art. Straddling Two Words describes how in one of her performance pieces, she drank 72 glasses of water, with each glass containing one of the 72 kabbalistic names of God. 
Read here.



Angelika Rinnhofer's "a priori" Project

This German-born artist has been working with people who have, at some point, discovered their Jewish heritage. A priori, titled after Kant’s notion of valid knowledge independent of experience, is an art project focusing on the contemporary generations of Europeans and Americans who discover late in life this suppressed part of their heritage.
  
In Beacon NY her community sukkah incorporated a wall installation consisting of large sheets of vellum, on which are written stories of discovery. 

Each cut-out rectangle symbolizes an interview conducted with participants in her project “a priori”. she records and collects narratives of people, whose curiosity and attempts to make sense of memories, stories, and facts eventually led to the disclosure of their Jewish ancestry. She inquires about consequences of this discovery and reasons for its concealment.

From Birth to Memory by Ellen Holtzblatt

This art exhibition featuring the paintings of Chicago-based artist Ellen Holtzblatt will be on display through December at Josef Glimer Gallery, 207 W. Superior, Chicago, IL. 

Ellen Holtzblatt's work is fueled by the yearning exploration of the connection between the physical and the spiritual—the forgetfulness of the earthly body and the memory that resides in the soul. Holtzblatt notes that she examines her own identity by attempting to access “a collective ancestral unconscious.”

Annual Jewish Book Arts Award

The Isaac Anolic Memorial Annual Jewish Book Arts Award is now taking applications.

A sum of $1,500 will be awarded towards the creation of a unique work of art in the field of Jewish book arts. All active artists who have exhibited within the last five years are eligible to apply. Student artists are not eligible.

Screening of Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

  

You are cordially invited to a screening of 
Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin
a documentary-in-progress, and to meet the artist and the producer, Hal Rifkin.
Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 200, NYC.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 6 pm
Wine and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP info@flomenhaftgallery.com or 212.268-4952

Helene Aylon's Museum Acquisition


SFMOMA acquired two additional Breakings to their collection - Aylon's Breaking With Greater Resistance and Darkening Thrust, Leaking Break.  In 2013, SFMOMA showed Bulging Spread, Central Break in Beyond Belief: 100 Years of The Spiritual in Modern Art.

Image: Breaking With Greater Resistance (process)

Aylon's memoir Whatever is Contained Must be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist was reviewed by Lenore Weiss in the Blue Lyra Review - Issue 3.6 Fall 2014, published 10/30/2014.

November 19 - 6:30 PM she will have a presentation at the Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

On December 14 she will participate in a Conference Panel The G-D Project of Helène Aylon: Visual Art as a Means for Transmitting and Subverting Jewish Text.

Association for Jewish Studies; 2014 Conference - Baltimore Hilton
Sunday, December 14, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 'Key 4'

A Jewish Lens on Privacy & Openness - Sh'ma features Flora Rosefsky


November's issue of Sh'ma includes a collection of essays on what Judaism teaches about the question of privacy vs. openness. How does the mezuzah frame not only the door of our home, but also who we are as public and private people? When do we protect confidences, and when is keeping secrets morally untenable?
The recent news about alleged voyeurism at a Washington mikveh — a place where privacy is an absolute necessity — raises questions not only about the behavior of the voyeur, but also about the obligation of communal leaders to shed a public light on wrongdoing.


On Shma.com view this month's online art exhibition with work by Flora Rosefsky. 
Read more about her Privacy art in Sh'ma here.

Valentina Loseva's Inseparable Borders

The COJECO BluePrint Fellowship is a highly selective year-long program for Russian-speaking Jewish adults ages 25-40 to explore personal and collective identity through the creation of community projects.

Valentina Loseva's project is Inseparable Borders, an art exhibit that looks at the question of ethics and identity in the personal understanding of the self and the community's perspective on the nature of divergent ethical, religious or cultural associations of individuals within the particular community.
 

Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 PM opening reception. Exhibit open November 17-29.
The 125 - 125 E 47th Street, New York, NY. For more information visit Facebook

Lashon Hara: On the Consequences of Hate Speech


An exhibition by Robin Atlas at The Anne Frank Center USA.

Presented in conjunction with the Jewish Art Salon.


Opening Reception Wednesday December 3, 6-8 pm.

Open to the public and free of charge.


44 Park Place, New York, NY 10007. Tel: 212-431-7993

Exhibit on view: December 3, 2014 - February 27, 2015, Tue-Sat 10-5.


The exhibit will be accompanied by a series of workshops, discussions and artist lectures on relevant themes.

Words have always been a catalyst for destruction, but today hate speech is increasingly prevalent – tearing apart the fabric of our communities in ever more violent and destructive ways.

Around the world, religious hostilities are at a six year high. While in America alone, the number of hate groups has increased by 56 percent since 2000.
Lashon hara, meaning “evil speech” in Hebrew, directly confronts this impulse to speak negatively of others, to destroy them with words. Intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination are all products of this action – and for this reason lashon hara is considered a very grave sin in Jewish tradition.  


Despite this, it is true that words have also always been a catalyst for salvation. Few people understand this better than Anne Frank, whose diary both illuminated the consequences of inciting hatred through speech and also exemplified the power of words to inspire hope.  “I can shake off everything as I write,” she said, “my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”


In Lashon Hara: On the Consequences of Hate Speech, a collection of 20 mixed media works, textile artist Robin Atlas explores the concept of evil speech, its effect on both the physical universe and spiritual realm, and the need for people to atone for their own verbal violence.



Gabriella Boros' Upcoming Exhibits


"Crossing Over" an End of Life / Afterlife themed exhibit, from Salonnierre Jamie O'Reilly, includes two works from Gabriella Boros' Niddah series.
  
November 22, 5-8pm: Artists Discussion.

October 24 - November 23, 2014
Hours 10 AM – 3 PM, Monday – Friday

St. John's Episcopal Church  
3857 North Kostner Avenue, Chicago, IL

Left image: Niddah 1



 

NYC Launch: Jerusalem Biennale 2015 Open Call


Hosted by Jewish Art Now & JCC Manhattan. 
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Art Salon and Creative Soul.

Introducing the Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art 2015 Open Call for artists and curators.


Find out about BIENNALE2015, meet executive director Ram Ozeri, network with potential collaborators, and have a chance to introduce yourself in a video that will be shown to the directors. Nov. 23 at the JCC Manhattan.

This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP: HERE       
More info here. 

The Jewish Art Salon has been invited to propose an exhibit at the Biennale. Join our email list for future updates.



An Illustrated Saga Of The Diaspora

Renowned artist Mark Podwal recently created a stunning portfolio of 42 images for the Terezin Ghetto Museum. One of the sets will be acquired by The Bodleian Library at Oxford. 
Gloria Kestenbaum wrote about his new work: 
"Mark Podwal is once again the subject of a documentary by Czech Television. In the most recent film, the producers focused on the creative process behind the artist’s latest portfolio of works, “All This Has Come Upon Us,” a series of 42 paintings and drawings created for and displayed at the Terezin Ghetto Museum earlier this year. The works provide an illustrated history of Jewish tragedies and, according to the artist, offer “a disturbing reminder of how Europe’s extensive history of ‘Jew-Hatred’ laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz.” Continue article here 

City Light's Judaica show features Suzanne Benton

Although she has performed from Bali to Bosnia, Canada to China, India to Israel, Nepal to Nigeria, Spain to Switzerland and Tanzania to Turkey -- mask artist Suzanne Benton hasn't made a Connecticut stop in some time. 
That situation changes for the former Fulbright Scholar on Sunday, Nov. 16, when she presents a masked performance of "Esther and Job's Wife" (two women from the Old Testament) as part of "Judaica." The exhibit, based on Jewish art, religion, culture and history, runs through Wednesday, Nov. 26, at City Lights Gallery in downtown Bridgeport.

Custom and Craft - Call for Artists

From the team behind Haggadot.com comes Custom & Craft, a new site for publishing your own Shabbat services and Jewish celebrations. Soon, you'll be able to mix and match prayers, songs, and artwork for Friday night service, Havdalah, mealtime gatherings, and more. Find out more at http://www.customandcraft.org/.

All This Has Come Upon Us

The documentary film, All This Has Come Upon Us had its American premier at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York’s Lower East Side. It was the second program produced for Czech television on artist Mark Podwal, focusing on his recent Terezin Ghetto Museum exhibition.

Read about it in the Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection blog here.


Sukkot Art by Arza Somekh

This work by Somekh is titled The Union of the Four Species.  

For the Jewish Sukkot holiday four species of plants are selected:
One with taste and with odor-Atrog (cirron),
One with taste and odorless- Lulav (palm branch),
One with odor but tasteless- Hadas (myrtle),
One odorless and tasteless- Arava(willow).

According to one of the explanations the four species represent four types of persons who become united under the Sukkah. The holiday starts this year on Wednesday night October 8th.

A Prayer for Peace

Sukkot Exhibit with Andi Arnovitz, Ken Goldman, Yoram Raanan, and Ruth Schreiber.

Sunday October 12 & Monday October 13, 4-9

Ahim Hasid Complex
45 Emek Refraim, German Colony, Jerusalem.

Organized by Kol HaOt.

Guided tours of the art exhibit.
          • Special interactive, hands-on workshops on "Peace"
          • Musical performances 
          • Bibliodrama
Co-sponsored with The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art.

Yom Kippur Art by Arza Somekh

Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. This year it it takes place Friday night October 3rd and finishes sundown the next day.

Ten days of Penance by Italian artist Azra Somekh reflects on the ten days that pass between the Jewish New Year and the end of Yom Kippur. During these days an individual should examine him/herself and use this opportunity to correct mistakes before the judgment on the last day. According to the artist after ten days the penitent is in front of a ladder; he/she can remain at the same spiritual level, go up or go down.

Crown Heights’ Community Art Show

4th Annual Celebration of Creativity  

As the Holiday of Sukkot approaches the Creative Soul will host it’s annual community art exhibition. Unlike in previous years, the event will take place in the Creative Soul’s own space - the gallery at 386 Kingston Ave in the heart of Chassidic Brooklyn.
The exhibit starts Sunday October 12 at 8pm with an artist reception open to the whole community.

Making/History: Reconstructing the Gwoździec Synagogue

At YIVO, New York, on Sunday, October 12, 6:30pm: a first behind-the-scenes look at the reconstruction of the roof and ceiling of a 200-year old synagogue as part of the new core exhibition at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. 

After years of research, an international team of 296 historians, architects, artisans, students and artists specializing in traditional woodwork and polychrome painting reconstructed the Gwoździec roof and ceiling, conducting educational workshops in the synagogues of eight Polish cities along the way.


Artists’ Sukkah in New Haven

The Connecticut Artists' Beit Midrash is building a collaborative Artist’s Sukkah for New Haven's City Wide Open Studios (a sukkah is a temporary outdoor hut built for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot). It will be open for viewing during the Alternative Space Weekend. On Sunday, October 12 there will be nosh, crafts, and an opportunity to meet some of the artists. One of the themes of this sukkah is "transported nature," so feel free to bring any of your own plant cuttings to add to the sukkah.

The Goffe Street Armory, 290 Goffe Street, New Haven, CT
Sunday, October 12, 12-6 PM: art, nosh and conversation

Jewish Enviro-Artists Have the Whole World in Their Hands

... Mierle Laderman Ukeles was responding to the environment through her art way before the term “global warming” or “climate change” or “extreme weather” had any currency. But she is not alone. Artists such as Helene Aylon, Alan Sonfist, Jackie Brookner, Linda Weintraub, Shai Zakai, and the seminal eco-artists Helen and Newton Harrison paved the way for all sorts of creators to make environmental topics accessible to the public...

... Founded in 2010 by Patricia Eszter Margit, Art Kibbutz, an international Jewish artists’ colony that held its first pilot residency in Upstate New York, brings together artists to explore their Jewish heritage, while providing space to collaborate and create. “In Western civilization, art and culture are viewed as above nature,” Margit said. “But as Jews, ultimately we are partners in creation and so we have to approach the natural world not as a dominating figure, but in a gentle, loving feminine way that inspires others.”...

Read more about our members (in bold) in the full article in The Forward here.

Helene Aylon's Honey and Apple Plate

Tonight starts Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year.

Apples and honey are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year. Helène Aylon created this plate for a fund-raiser to combat domestic violence, employing a verse from Genesis describing Eve’s punishment for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. The inscription compels the viewer to remember the eternal problem of violence against women, even at a festive time.

Honey and Apple Plate

Helène Aylon, 2004
Ceramic: hand painted and glazed
Diameter: 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm) Height: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Collection The Jewish Museum, New York

Food, Family and Feelings in The Book of Sarah

The visual autobiography of Sarah Lightman will be exhibited in cooperation with the 37th Annual Literary Festival: “The Hungry Heart is Telling You”. The Book of Sarah is an autobiographical text/image project.

Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries - Lobby
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 5 p.m. (the Galleries are closed on Mondays). Info on the exhibit here.

Lightman is a guest speaker on Tuesday October 7th at 4pm at
The Hungry Heart Is Telling You, the 37th Annual Literary Festival in Virginia,
October 6-10, 2014

Artists Beit Midrash starts in Seattle

Image: Nancy Current
Jewish Art Salon member Nancy Current is starting an Artists Beit Midrash class this Fall in Seattle, WA. The 8-week session runs Wednesday evenings from 7-8.30pm22 October through 17 December 2014.

Theme: The Genesis of Creativity: Using Visual Midrash to Capture the Jewish Imagination

Facilitators: Jeremy Alk & Nancy Current.

Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women

Graphic Details is a groundbreaking touring exhibition providing the first in-depth look at a unique and prolific niche of graphic storytelling – Jewish women’s autobiographical comics. It is curated by Sarah Lightman and Michael Kaminer.

Space Station Sixty-Five 
Building One, 373 Kennington Road, London SE11 4PS
23 September to 13 December 2014

While the influential role of Jews in cartooning has long been acknowledged, the role of Jewish women in shaping the medium is largely unexplored. This exhibition of original drawings, full comic books and graphic novels presents the powerful work of eighteen U.S., Canadian, and international artists whose intimate, confessional work has influenced the world of comics over the last four decades, creating an entirely new genre.