Radical Jewish art and community - Jewish Art Salon at Limmud NY 2012

Patricia Eszter Margit of Art Kibbutz has invited the Jewish Art Salon to participate in two events at Limmud NY.

Panel: Radical Jewish art and community 
Sunday January 15, 2012. 4:40 - 5:35 PM
With Marc Michael Epstein, Patricia Eszter Margit, 
Greg Wall, Yona Verwer

Three Jewish cultural organization’s leaders discuss how their work creates community, encourages diversity, understanding, action, outstanding artistic expression, collaboration and new ways to connect to Jewish identity through art. 

Panelists share their experiences about inspiring, innovative and relevant projects that foster 21st century Jewish culture and creativity, such as Art Kibbutz’s Shofar FlashMob, that involved artists in more than 20 international locations taking a post-modern twist (flashmob) on an ancient ritual (sounding the ram’s horn) enabling myriad of artistic interpretations. Jewish Art Salon’s Dura Europos Project brought together a diverse group of visual artists giving their responses to the very first visual presentation of Jewish culture. Rabbi Greg Wall at The Sixth Street Community Synagogue uses the arts to promote Jewish literacy among artists and their audiences.

Drink’n Draw with Jewish jazz   
Sunday January 15, 2012. 9:15 PM–10:30 PM
With Frank London, Greg Wall, Hasidic New Wave. 
Presenter Patricia Eszter Margit and Curator Yona Verwer.

 Join the latest craze in the art world and experience a creative twist on your evening with Art Kibbutz NYC. Create your own art, have a drink and get inspired by Hassidic New Wave - led by Rabbi Greg Wall (6th Street Shul) and grammy winning trumpeter Frank London (Klezmatics) avantgarde experimental jazz band.  

This event will be a social occasion as well as an opportunity for artists and art lovers to create sketches and practice drawing. The musicians will serve as models. Participants are invited to portray the musicians artistic exchange in their sketches, or be inspired by their music. 

Yona Verwer (Jewish Art Salon) will curate a pop-up exhibition from your best creations. Bring your own drawing board and art supplies – business cards or postcards to trade! All ages are welcome – you don’t have to be an artist to participate if you just wish to enjoy the music and drinks.
For more info on Limmud NY go here: http://limmudny.org/conference

Also check out other sessions by JAS affiliates Marc Michael Epstein, Jennifer Gersch, Rachel Kanter and Elizabeth Yaari.

FRANK LONDON is perhaps best known for his work with the internationally acclaimed avant-garde klezmer band The Klezmatics. Mr. London has scored many film and theater pieces, among them the documentary The Schvitz, John Sayles' The Brother from Another Planet, and Tony Kushner's A Dybbuk. Apart from his work with The Klezmatics, London writes and records with Hasidic New Wave and Frank London's Oriental Sextet.

Saxophonist RABBI GREG WALL (also known as “the Jazz Rabbi”) has performed and recorded with Hasidic New Wave, Greg Wall's Later Prophets, The Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band, Neshama Carlebach, the Hi-Tops, Greg Wall's Unity Orchestra, Jazz Talmud Quartet, and has made many session appearances for record dates and film scores. He recently formed HaOrot -  The Lights of Rav Kook. Greg Wall is the rabbi of the Sixth Street Synagogue and a volunteer of the Pioneers for Cure.

PATRICIA ESZTER MARGIT is a cultural manager, bestselling author, communicator and community organizer originally from Hungary. She is currently working at the 92Y, earlier she was on public radio as well as a pirate station, sang in a feminist punk rock band and advised women's NGOs on media advocacy. She is a founding board member of the Hungarian National Committee for UN Women and played leadership roles the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Romemu. Her first novel, The Jewish Bride, was published in 2009 in Hungarian and sold out in three months. She is the founder of Art Kibbutz NYC, an organization that fosters inter-cultural exchange and respect on the global level through providing international emerging and established artists of exceptional talent with  an inspiring and peaceful space to work, learn, and dialogue about the 21st century Jewish experience.

Dutch-born YONA VERWER’s paintings are currently exhibited at the Mizel Museum; upcoming exhibits at the UJA NY, Charach Gallery and Holocaust Memorial Center. Featured in solo shows in the Netherlands and New York, her work has also appeared in  the Andy Warhol Factory, and the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art.  She completed residencies at the PS 122 Studio Program, Makor, and the Skirball Center in NYC. Verwer is an artist and curator; she is the founder of Jewish Art Salon (JAS), an open and innovative community of hundreds of leading visual artists and art professionals. JAS has informal meetings once a month as well as high-quality, original exhibitions, and panel discussions.

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