One West 4th Street (betw Broadway and Mercer St), New York, NY 10012
Opening Reception May 16, 5 - 7:30 pm
Program: “France and the Jews” at 6:30 pm
Richard Bernstein, New York Times book critic and former Paris bureau chief
Andrea Baumann Lustig, President, A.R.I.F.-Association for the Restoration of Jewish Works and Institutions in France
Joëlle Dautricourt, Artist
Hours: Mon - Thurs 9 am to 5 pm; Friday, 9 am to 3 pm.
May 16- July 31, 2012
Joëlle Dautricourt expresses the mystical, symbolic, and divine forces within the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in works evoking Holocaust memory and joyful freedom. The Book of Happy Writing was recently exhibited at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme in Paris.
Dautricourt is a Paris born graphic artist and sculptor. She explores Jewish writing and its graphic poetry along two lines: avant-garde modern books and Hebrew typography and calligraphy. Her latest creation, Le Livre de l'Écriture Heureuse (The Book of the Happy Writing), was inspired by the second verse of Psalm 45: "My tongue is the pen of an expert scribe." Traced by hand and then scanned from Hebrew or Yiddish fonts, the letters are the only material used by this artist in both her research and her experiments. The computer, replacing the pen and ink used for centuries, offers her new ways of writing.