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.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

September 18, 2014—December 19, 2014
Opening Reception September 18, 6—8 pm

The Gallery at the Gershman Y, 401 South Broad Street (at Pine) Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-545-4400 · gershmany.org

Along with an exhibition of some of Siona Benjamin's recent work, the Gershman will be presenting a lecture by the artist, an interdisciplinary Indian dance performance by Rang de Nila in collaboration with Benjamin and inspired by her paintings, and a preview of a documentary film about the artist.

Threads That Bind: A Cultural Identity

American Jewish University
, Platt Borstein Galleries
15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA 90077
September 7 - December 21, 2014

ARTISTS: Andi Arnovitz, Vicki Reikes Fox, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Connie Rohman, Gwen Samuels.  

Opening Reception: Sunday September 21
3:00 - 5:00p.m.

And all the skilled workers spun with their own hands, and they brought what they had spun in blue, purple and crimson yarns and in fine linen.
Exodus 35:25


Spiritual Defense - Exploring the power of Mitzvot and positive action in the defense of Israel.

David Orlansky
Israel 3
Creative Soul Gallery
386 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Opening Reception Monday, September 8 at 8pm 

Gallery hours: September 8 - October 5, Sunday – Thursday 10 – 3:30.

Curators: Rabbi Yitzchok Moully for The Creative Soul, and Elyssa Wortzman for the Jewish Art Salon.

As the war raged on in Gaza this summer many Jews from around the world asked themselves ‘what can I do to help people in the Land of Israel’. There was an outpouring of love and support from many with demonstrations, food drives for the IDF, donations and much more. In addition to the need of the IDF to do its job keeping the people safe, what else can we do?

Miriam Stern in Shma Journal's First Encounters

September's issue of Shma features essays and art based on first encounters with God, doubt, death, and ritual.

According to Miriam Stern, who answered our call for art, Rosh Hashanah celebrates God’s creation of the world we live in. Taking imagery from her photographs and combining them with previous paintings and prints she manipulates and transforms them on her iPad. The Shma images represent the birth of the universe. More info on her work here.

Screening: All This Has Come Upon Us

Filmmaker Peter Sis with Mark Podwal (R)
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tuesday Oct. 7 at 7 PM

Czech Television’s second documentary film on artist Mark Podwal offers a portrait of the creative process behind his recent Terezin Ghetto Museum exhibition. Each artwork resembles a book’s pages on which the tragedies pictured are paired with biblical verses from Psalms. Filmed in Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Krakow and in New York at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, the documentary includes interviews with leading personalities discussing Podwal’s art.

The artist will be present to answer questions. Event is free. RSVP here.

Siona Benjamin in AMEN: A Prayer for the World

Washington National Cathedral partners with caravan for the U.S. premiere of an interfaith arts exhibit designed to build bridges of respect, understanding, and sharing between the creeds and cultures of the East and West.
Siona Benjamin will exhibit Shekinim, painted fiber glass and mixed media, 2014.
AMEN: A Prayer for the World seeks to express a deep, fundamental acknowledgment of both power and hope for all people. The participating artists each decorated one of the life-sized fiberglass sculptures. Thirty figures painted by Egyptian artists were previously on display in Cairo. These figures join 18 figures painted by Western artists for a joint exhibition at Washington National Cathedral; all 48 figures then continue to St. John the Divine.

Rosh HaShanah by Leah Caroline

Rosh Hashanah (literally "head [of] the year") is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is called Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets, not Rosh Hashanah. It is a two-day celebration, which begins this year on September 24th at sundown.

The shofar is traditionally blown each morning for the entire month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah. The sound of the shofar is intended to awaken the listeners from their "slumbers" and alert them to the coming judgment. The total number of blasts on Rosh Hashanah is 100.

Leah Caroline's art incorporates the shofar and religious texts.

Archie Rand: Psalm 68 at the Derfner Museum

Reception and artist’s talk Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Derfner Judaica Museum, 5901 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, NY. R.S.V.P. (718) 581-1596 or art@hebrewhome.org. The exhibition will remain on view through January 4, 2015.

A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Archie Rand (b. 1949), the Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, has had more than 100 individual exhibitions. In Psalm 68, he uses abstract iconography to explore one of the oldest extant Hebrew poems and its compelling, if elusive, narrative.

Huffington Post features Richard McBee & Yona Verwer

Religion Is Alive and Well in Contemporary Art

Huffington Post, August 18, 2014 

Yona Verwer
By  
Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hamilton College

On a breezy summer day, I joined a group of artists and writers in the basement of the Liberty Bar in midtown Manhattan to discuss the many places religious life meets the visual arts. The meeting took place under the auspices of the Society for the Arts, Religion, and Contemporary Culture, founded in the 1960s by theologian Paul Tillich and Alfred H. Barr, Jr, the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Erling Hope organized the event. Contrary to the shortsighted views of secular art critics, one thing is clear: religion is alive and well in contemporary art.
Artists are toying with and tweaking rituals until they become relevant again to a new age. Article continues here
View McBee's and Verwer's work in the accompanying slide show.

Sh'ma Journal features Yehudis Barmatz

Forest of Bondage
The Sh'ma Journal, an "independent think tank" of Jewish ideas features images this month on the topic of "seeking". These works by Israeli artist Yehudis Barmatz-Harris reflect her philosophy and approach to the arts; her belief in the creative arts process as providing confidence, healing, soul searching and reflection. See the online gallery here.



Andi Arnovitz's Many International Exhibits

Arnovitz is one of ten international finalists:
Philadelphia's Print Center’s 88th Annual International Competition features works by 39 of the finest contemporary artists working today. This year the competition was juried by Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, and Bruce Guenther, Chief Curator, Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, both of the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. The Print Center’s Annual International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest juried exhibitions in the United States. The Print Center 

“Echoes of the Borscht Belt” by Marisa Scheinfeld

Opening September 10th New York's Yeshiva University Museum will present Marisa Scheinfeld’s haunting photos of abandoned sites where Borscht Belt resorts once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York.

“Echoes of the Borscht Belt” assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside structures that once buzzed with life as summer havens for generations of New York Jews.

Scheinfeld, who grew up in the region, began her documentary photo project in 2009; this exhibition marks the first time audiences can see her work on the large scale for which it was conceived. 

Ruth Schreiber's European Day of Jewish Culture

Schreiber is participating in the exhibition “Hear O Israel” in the Omero Museum, Alcona, Italy, as part of the European Day of Jewish Culture 2014, running from Sept 14th-28th.
She is showing her hand-built porcelain work “Love Letter”, accompanied by a YouTube video http://youtu.be/a5PdAwp3KiY

She is also the featured artist at the European Day of Jewish Culture exhibition called “Women in Judaism” running September 14th-28th at Attenweiler, Germany.
Schreiber is showing bronzes and other sculptures, and also her photograph “Pregnancy Diptych”.

"Dialogs with Great Photographers" with Neil Folberg



The twelfth edition to the continuing series is a conversation with Neil Folberg. The photographer is renowned for his challenging bodies of work such as "Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land" depicting earthly elements mirrored by the heavenly sky as well as the series "Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists" which is a contemporary photographic take on Impressionist paintings. Folberg discusses these series and reflects on various topics including his early studies with Ansel Adams and the role of Israel in his work and life.

Sara Tasini has conducted a series of informal talks with great contemporary photographers such as John Dugdale, Sandy Skoglund & Flor Garduno. Photographers' motivations and personal insights are enlightening! Click here for access to the whole series. Click here for Folberg.

Carole P. Kunstadt’s ‘Between the Lines’

Clare Gallery at the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry and the Charter Oak Cultural Center present Between The Lines: Works by Carole P. Kunstadt, an exhibition of works by the New York artist, B.F.A., Hartford Art School. The partnership presents two exhibitions from September to December, 2014, providing a survey of the artist’s past and current work.
The first takes place Sept. 8 through Oct. 10 at Charter Oak Cultural Center.  It showcases works from Kunstadt’s Sacred Poems Series and Markings Series. The opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11. On Wednesday, Oct. 1, noon to 1 p.m., Kunstadt will discuss her work, describing her materials and concepts.

Kunstadt’s works reference the material of books, deconstructing paper and text, and using it in metaphorical ways. Her devotion to books is inspired by the ability of the written word to take the reader to other places through stories, poems, and prayers. 

Boris Lurie No!Art 2014

The Boris Lurie Foundation is exhibiting KZ Kampf Kunst at the former Gestapo Headquarters in Cologne, Germany.
August 29 - Nov 2, 2014.
NS-Dokumentationszentrum der Stadt Köln.
Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Köln, Germany.
Phone: 0221 2212 6332

A historical retrospective of Boris Lurie works at the most poignant and terrifying setting imaginable: the former headquarters of the Gestapo in Cologne (currently a National Socialism Documentation Center).

More info here.

The Jewish Waltz with Planet Earth - Exhibit at Governor's Island

This Jewish Environmental Land Art Exhibit by Art Kibbutz takes place the first 2 weeks of August 2014.

Exhibition opening: Sunday, August 3 at 3pm.

Governor’s Island, NY. Colonel’s Row - Building 407-A.

Opening words: Nigel Savage, Hazon; Curator Yona Verwer, Art Kibbutz.

Exhibition Hours: August 1 - 15, 2014, 12 - 5 pm daily.

Image: Eden Forest © 2013-2014 Cynthia Beth Rubin

Art Kibbutz’s select group of artists give collaborative and creative Jewish responses to food security, farming, and sustainable development. They spent a month creating works inspired by nature and our rich heritage. 

The exhibition also shows how this revolutionary, unprecedented project, was a living model of a thriving, inspired, sustainable Jewish artistic community, grounded in social responsibility and the Jewish heritage. 
  
Participating artists: Asherah Cinnamon, Nikki Green (Australia), Carol Phillips, Emmett Leader, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Elyssa Wortzman, Deborah Margo and Devora Newmark (Canada), Paul Solomon. Artist residency by Leah Caroline.
Curator: Yona Verwer. (Bold names are Jewish Art Salon members).

Apply Now for Jewish Artist Residency at Governor's Island, NY

Art Kibbutz Residency
Governor's Island at Colonel's Row, Building 406A
August 1 - 15, 2014
* Applications OPEN
Art Kibbutz is bringing Jewish art to Governor's Island, one of NYC's hottest art spots. Opportunity for a small group of artists to work together in community and include the general public in the project.

There are still a few spots left in this summer residency. While the first floor of the building will be used as a gallery space, they are offering rooms on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor as work space (not living space). 


More info here.

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

This documentary-in-progress by Hal Rifken will be completed soon. 

It portrays Siona's life, her diverse cultural experiences growing up as a Jew in India, and her Fulbright project titled Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives.

The public is invited to an event at the Indian Consulate in New York on July 23rdhttp://www.indiacgny.org/pages.php?id=855

Two calls for art images - "Seeking" and "Hayom harat ha-olam"

A national Jewish art publication seeks images for its online gallery for the August & September issues. 

Eligibility:
 artists who applied for membership in the Jewish Art Salon 
     
I. August issue 

Theme: artwork about the relationship between questions and liturgy/theology, or the role of seeking in Judaism. 

You will be mentioned with a paragraph about your work and a link to your website.


Sh'ma Issue on Trafficking features Dorit Jordan Dotan

       Trafficking Is a Jewish Concern


First published in October 2008, Sh'ma is re-purposing this Sh'ma issue on trafficking because the problem—the coerced movement and labor of women, children, and men worldwide—continues to grow. 

Trafficking and Forced Prostitution of Women in Israel 
This month's issue features the art of Dorit Jordan Dotan here. In 2007, Dotan accompanied Rita Chaiken, Anti-Traffiking Project Coordinator for Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center, to search where trafficked women were held, and where they were forced to work as prostitutes.  The vast majority of women were trafficked from Eastern Europe (Moldavia, Russia, Ukraine, etc.).

Arie Galles' Fourteen Stations

Arie Galles - Babi Yar
Charcoal and white Conté.
“Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet”, a suite of Holocaust drawings by Arie Galles, refers to the "Fourteen Stations of the Cross", and to the fact that each concentration camp was established near a railroad station. 

The series is on exhibit till the end of August at the Stefan Szydlowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland.

The Hebrew title "Hey Yud Dalet," the acronym of "Hashem Yinkom Damam," “May God avenge their blood,” has been carved into the gravestones of Jewish martyrs throughout the centuries. Within each drawing Galles hand lettered and embedded one fourteenth of the Kaddish. Interwoven into the texture of each drawing, these Aramaic and Hebrew phrases are invisible. The full suite of drawings completes the Kaddish, offering the prayer for those who perished and had no family to recite it for them.  
View the work here.


Mark Podwal's Terezin Exhibit Review

Mark Podwal - The Holy City 1099
“All This Has Come Upon Us…” Mark Podwal at the Terezin Ghetto Museum
Sanctuary is a place of refuge, solace and protection that easily functions as a mental as well as physical state. Mark Podwal’s (markpodwal.com) latest series of artworks provides a kind of summation of a lifetime of mournful contemplation of Jewish history; a chilling chronicle of Jewish misfortune tempered by the balm of the Book of Psalms and his elegant artworks. The timing of the release of these works surely reflects the growing apprehension that the world is growing more dangerous for the Jewish state and especially urgent for the threatened European Jewish communities. History has seldom been so relevant. 

Article continues here

Call for NYC artist with large studio

For our events for COJECO's CWW programs the Jewish Art Salon is looking to hire a NYC artist for a 2-hour event in September or October.
  • Artist needs to have a studio space that accommodates 20 visitors. We can rent additional chairs if needed.
  • Studio located preferably in Manhattan, or easy subway access in Brooklyn, close to Manhattan.
  • The artist will give a brief tour of his/her artwork, followed by a lecture and hands-on workshop.
  • The lecture and workshop need to have a Jewish component. The nature of the lecture will be decided in conjunction with our co-organizers RJeneration.
  • Event will take place on a weeknight (Monday - Thursday, approx.6-8 PM; studio needs to be available from 5-9PM).

Call for Art Images - Trafficking

For a national Jewish art publication's online gallery, July issue. 

Theme: artwork that has to do with human trafficking. 
You will be mentioned with a paragraph about your work and a link to your website.
Deadline: June 21


Shma Journal's Jewish Neighborhoods features Ben Schachter & Dorit Jordan Dotan

Ben Schachter - Sidney Eruv
June's issue of the Sh'ma Journal is about the role neighborhoods have played and may still play in our lives. Are certain features — the sense of being known in one's neighborhood — disappearing? Or, do we now understand the constructs of neighborhood differently? What roles do virtual communities play, and what will be their resonance and staying power? How might we create shared histories and connections that transcend geography? 

This issue features theme-related art by Jewish Art Salon members Ben Schachter and Dorit Jordan Dotan. 

More about Schachter's work about the eruv in Sh'ma here and Dotan's about Haifa's Wadi Salib neighborhood here.

Dorit Jordan Dotan




2014 Skirball Artists' Beit Midrash Exhibit

The Skirball Center at Temple Emanu-el, 1 East 65th St., NYC

Transformations, an exhibition showcasing the works of 20 Jewish visual artists opens on Monday, June 16th at 6pm in the gallery space at Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  The show is the culmination of a year-long program during which the artists studied Torah together and made art inspired by Jewish sources under the aegis of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning. 

A number of the participants in this Visual Artists Beit Midrash are well known in Jewish art circles, having shown their work in Jewish museums in the NYC area and around the country.  



Artist Q, Artist A: Yona Verwer Talks to Mirta Kupferminc

Zeek Magazine, May 31, 2014

Artist Q, Artist A is Zeek’s new series of artist-artist conversations.
Argentina-born Mirta Kupferminc is an award-winning artist living in Buenos Aires. A daughter of Auschwitz survivors, she focuses her art on memory, identity, migrations, and human rights. She is a member of the Jewish Art Salon, and the first ever international fellow at LABA’s House of Study in New York City.
At the 14 St Y she’s also exhibiting an artist book from “Mothers in the Bible Talk to Wichi Mothers,” a Schusterman Make It Happen project, created as part of a cultural exchange arranged for this project between Jewish ORT students and a mother from an Argentine Wichi tribe, an indigenous matriarchal people. 
Verwer & Kupferminc discuss Jewish art in South America, LABA: House of Study Fellowship, Jewish writers’ palms of hands, crossed by their own texts. Read interview here.

Artists Beit Midrash starting in Chicago

What is the Artists' Beit Midrash?
An opportunity to study Jewish sacred texts as a springboard to artistic creation.
Community of artists who find inspiration in their heritage. A non-denominational study/creative group. A supportive critique environment for feedback about your work. A spur to create, culminating in a group exhibition.
Facilitators: Jane Shapiro and Judith Joseph
This model of study/art critique was started in New York by artist Tobi Kahn. It has generated groups in New Jersey, Seattle and Connecticut, and the New York group partially inspired the creation of the Jewish Art Salon. It gives artists an environment to explore their Jewish heritage creatively while being enriched educationally.

The Holocaust Portfolio by Martin Mendelsberg

Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI.

Opening Reception & Artist Talk Sunday June 3, 3 PM

Mendelsberg combines Hebrew characters with historical photographs of life before and during the Holocaust.
He gives meaning to each letter and memorializes the victims.

View the portfolio here.


Off Label: Ceremonial Objects Imagined

With With our - Digital print by Ken Goldman
Art review by Richard McBee
After the shock of recognition that the artists are speaking our language, but with a slightly different accent, the well-informed observer will recognize that serious thought-provoking pieces of Jewish art can easily also put a smile on one’s face.
This brilliant exhibition, curated by noted artist and teacher Tobi Kahn, showcases the work of two Israeli-American artists who view traditional practice through a looking glass of wry humor that is dark, ironic, modern and yet wonderfully liberating. They both interrogate traditional observance through visual and conceptual conundrums that, if we think about it, we all face every day. Article continues here.

Collectively Independent: Exhibit of Young Russian-American Artists

Irina Sheynfeld - New York 1
  • The National Arts Club, Trask gallery.
  • 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York 10003

  • June 2 - 27
Opening Reception: Monday, June 2, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

In celebration of the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month®, the Russian American Foundation in collaboration with COJECO BluePrint fellowship program presents the exhibit of 5 emerging Russian-American artists: Margarita Korol, Michael Korosty, Tanya Levina, Artem Mirolevich, and Irina Sheynfeld. (bold names are J.A. Salon members)
   Russian Heritage Month® which takes place every year in June, consists of a month-long series of events which celebrate and honor the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to this country from the various regions of the former Soviet Union. This month will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 3rd wave of Russian immigration to the US.

RSVP with Liana Pailodze at rsvp@russianamericanfoundation.org
(212)687-6118 ext 203

   The Russian American Foundation was founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the US, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.
   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.


*This program is supported, in part, by public funds contributed to the Russian American Foundation, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Lashon Hara Exhibit by Robin Atlas

Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery - JCC, 950 W. 41st Avenue, Vancouver.
Opening Reception: Thursday May 29, 7-9pm
7:30 Rabbi Carey Brown of Temple Sholom joins the artist for an “Artist’s Beit Midrash” roundtable discussion of Lashon Hara.
Atlas is a mixed-media artist working in the genre of visual Midrash. 
The 20 pieces to her narrative explore the impact of Lashon Hara
(evil speech; creating darkness) on the spiritual realm and the physical universe. The exhibit’s interactive component welcomes the public to acknowledge lashon hara in their own lives via notes written and then posted on the wall that will reveal the viewers’ own personal experience of creating darkness through speaking evil. 

Miriam Stern at BEKI

Holon
Stern is exhibiting works from the last 5 years at Congregation Beth El-Kesser Israel (BEKI), New Haven, CT.

May 30-August 29, 2014
Call for hours and appointment 201-389-2108

The works on exhibit evolved from photographs Stern took on her travels far and near, including Israel, China, and the Berkshires.  Stern’s creative process often begins with the computer, using digital processes to manipulate and transform photos.  The resulting images then become the point of departure for “unique prints” combining digital and traditional printmaking methods.

Counting the Omer Paintings by Carol Philips

Carol Philips has been making "prayer paintings" to count the Omer. Counting of the OmerSefirat HaOmer, 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.

The ground for Philips' pieces are used seed packets, since Omer counting is related to agriculture and harvest. The pieces vary in the extent that they relate to the meanings of the letters, the Kaballah, and other associations and thoughts. 

To see the entire series, facebook friend Carol. She posts the image for each day and writes about the meanings and her process. The images here are days 5, 14, 18 and 30.

Call for Art: Jewish-themed Comic book/Graphic Novel

The Jewish Art Salon has been invited to exhibit at the UJA-NY Federation  

CALL FOR ART


      Exhibit Location
      The UJA Gallery at the 7th floor, 130 East 59th       Street, New York, NY 10022




Exhibit curator: Joel Silverstein.
Co-curator: Richard McBee.

Joel's current exhibit of his own paintings inspired by comic books, 
Superheroes, Autobiography & Religionis on view till June 8 at Pratt Institute's Hadas Gallery, Brooklyn NY.

UJA Exhibit Dates: Opening Reception September 2014; exact dates TBD. On view for at least 1 month.

Theme: Jewish-themed graphic novels / comic book art, or fine art inspired by these.



Upcoming Events by Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Open Engagement Conference at the Queens museum

Rotterdam Ballet, 1985
Futurist ballet for ten garbage vehicles
Performed in Rotterdam, Holland
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY
May 16-19, 2014 at Various Locations.
Keynote Speakers J. Morgan Puett and Mierle Laderman Ukeles

The 2014 Open Engagement conference is co-presented by the Queens Museum and A Blade of Grass, and takes place at the Queens Museum, New York Hall of Science, the Queens Theater, Immigrant Movement International, and various locations around New York.

Registration is closed; if you did not get a ticket and would like to attend, they can put your name on a waiting list. Email openengagement@gmail.com with “Wait List” as the subject.

Omer Boxes by Mindy Seidlin

Seidlin - Omer Box
The Omer, the period of Forty-nine days that begins the second day of Passover and ends on Shavuot, is in essence a non-holiday in the Jewish calendar, an in-between time.  As such it represents the time when work gets done and we engage with the world.  It has been interpreted to have mystical significance but  this seems to be superimposed on its more direct meaning. 

Mindy Seidlin's images to the left and below represent a subset of the 49 boxes that were made, one per day of the Omer in 2013. Each piece begins with a small box which was handled differently each day, much as we much handle the contents of each day that we experience. Some reflect experiences of a particular day, or items that were encountered on that day, or the number in the sequence. Ultimately, both the holiday and this series reflect the importance of encountering each day individually. More work by Seidlin here.