Silent Witnesses: Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind - Artists Respond to History.
In the work Detroit Passages: from Synagogue to Church, Linda Soberman and Cynthia Beth Rubin undertook the double challenge of working together for the first time, and of researching/retelling the story of two Detroit buildings that began as synagogues, and, with the passage of time, were transformed into active churches.
With a wealth of archival documents and photographic material, the artists made the decision to create an installation of multiple panels. Working long distance, via the internet, they passed imagery back and forth, each artist adding and evolving the layers of concept and image. Interaction between the two artists was lively, creative, spontaneous, and personal. The joy of the project was discovering not just the facts about the history of these congregations and their buildings, but how it is that different artistic sensibilities can come together to make a more complex, more layered work.
Cynthia Beth Rubin is a new media artist whose works evoke cultural memories by intertwining photographic elements in complex layers of representation and abstraction.
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Awards include Vidéochroniques in Marseilles, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and various international residencies. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, with artist feature articles appearing in more than 10 languages. She works independently and in collaboration. A native of Rochester, NY, she lives in New Haven and works wherever she goes.
Linda Soberman is a printmaker and educator with studios in Michigan and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her work is widely represented in national and international venues including recent exhibitions in Michigan, Mexico, Argentina, and China. During her career as an artist, she has translated ideas into a variety of media: photography, printmaking, artists books, found object sculpture and installation.