Call for Art for Jewish Art Salon 9-11 Gallery Window Installation

The Jewish Art Salon and the Educational Alliance in New York will host a session in conjunction with Tobi Kahn’s exhibit at the Ernest Rubinstein Gallery. Salon members are welcome to attend that night to view Kahn's exhibit, to share their 9-11 memories and bring their “memory block” to be displayed in a window installation. (more info on that below).

Date: Tuesday September 13th, 6-8 pm. Tobi will discuss his exhibit; followed by those who wish to share their block and/or their memories of 9-11. Kosher wine and seltzer will be served.

In concert with this exhibit, the Jewish Art Salon's "Memory Blocks" will be featured in the gallery's windows.
Window Installation Dates: Sept. 14 - Nov. 23, 2011

Location: Ernest Rubenstein Gallery Windows
Jefferson Street, near East Broadway
F train to East Broadway; MTA buses: M9, M15, M22

Jewish Art Salon members (and those who sign up for our email list) are also invited to participate & exhibit in concert with Embodied Light, 9-11 in 2011, at the Ernest Rubinstein Gallery.

Kahn’s exhibit will feature 220 memory blocks, handed out by him to various New Yorkers and returned to him with a drawing or inscription that evokes their memory of the day. These blocks will be continually rearranged over the length of the exhibition.

Salon members may contribute their own art / writing for an installation in the gallery windows on the Jefferson Street side, in concert with Kahn's exhibit, to be exhibited from September 14 – November 23, 2011.


  • The size of your block should correspond with the blocks in Kahn’s installation: 3-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 2 inches. ( 9 x 6.5 x 5 cm). To be displayed vertically, like a tower. You may download Kahn's block form at
  • ·       Block material is of your choosing: wood, metal, foam, cardboard, other. The block may inscribed by you in any way you see fit: writing, painting, wrapping, gluing (2-dimensional only). Do not glue 3-dimensional objects on the block; the blocks will be stacked vertically in various formations.
  • ·       NY tri-state area participants: bring your block to the September 13 session. 
  • Anybody else: mail the block(s); these need to arrive in our mailbox no later than September 6th. Mailing address: Jewish Art Salon, 1324 Lexington Ave, #120, New York, NY 10128. Include SASE if you want your block returned.
  • ·       Sign your block.
  • ·       Let us know if you are planning to make a block so that we can plan the installation. Fill out this brief question form:
  • Eligibility: all those on our email list and those who filled out the form in the link above.
  • To sign up for our list email us and indicate whether you are an artist / & which medium, whether you are another type of art professional (curator, writer, gallery or museum director, other), or whether you are none of the above (art aficionado). To participate in the exhibition you need to fill out the link above as well.
Download the block pattern at this link, and when constructed, decorate with your own tribute. Send Kahn a photo, and you may be featured on Kahn's Embodied Light Facebook page.


More information on Kahn’s exhibit:

“Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011", an installation by Tobi Kahn.
September 9 – November 23, 2011

Gallery Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday – Sunday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm              
Address: Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, 197 East Broadway between Jefferson and Clinton Streets, New York NY.

                   A commemorative exhibit of September 11, 2011. The gallery will be transformed into a meditative room for visitors to reflect on remembrance, loss and the human spirit.   Sculptural shrines, memorial candle holders and a floor relief will reference both the specific tragedy of 9/11/01 and a universal reflection on loss, remembrance and hope.  Kahn is creating a sacred space consisting of seven shrines, each encompassing an abstract figure, bracketed in solitude by an architectural structure; seven sculpted memorial lights, and two charity boxes made of the plaques like those engraved in chapels with the names of the dead—but blank in ceaseless grief.
In the center of the gallery will be a floor relief comprised of thousands of wood remnants from art Kahn made in the decade since 9-11. From above, their overlapping shapes and the patterns they form of refracted light suggest an aerial view of the city’s density, loss, and sustenance. Memory blocks, for the 220 floors in the two towers, were given by hand, ceremonially, to New Yorkers chosen by the artist in spring 2011, and then returned to him with a drawing or inscription that evokes their memory of the day. In changing patterns, obscuring and bringing to light distinct memories, the blocks will be continually rearranged over the length of the exhibition.
                    The accompanying catalogue will have essays by Maya Benton, Curator at International Center of Photography, Norman Kleeblatt, chief curator at The Jewish Museum and by James E. Young, author of At Memory's Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, and The Texture of Memory. LMCC appointed him as a juror for the World Trade Center Site Memorial competition.
             “Kahn has created art for hospices, hospitals and memorial chapels, ranging from a single canvas to an entire room for meditation. The Health Care Chaplaincy has selected Kahn as the principal artist for a 120-unit palliative care residence to be built in Lower Manhattan.” The New York Times 1/4/11.

According to the art critic Dore Ashton, Tobi Kahn's art "unites our perception of the material with our memory." This is only fitting for a man whose Jewish heritage permeates all aspects of his work. Whether in his mysterious paintings, reminiscent of biological and geographical formations, or in his sculptures of sanctuaries and sacred monumental pieces, or in the design of furniture and ambient space for a hospital meditation room, Kahn's work draws us into meditation. Kahn's art causes us to dip into the "deep wells within us where longing and memory intermingle."

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls his work "perfectly balanced between extremes of abstract and representational.... having an uneasy mixture of authority and idiosyncrasy—and sometimes just a bit beyond human reach."

A Facebook page, “Embodied Light,” will be set up to make it possible for new contributors to create virtual blocks, extending the project online.

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