The Jewish Art Salon and the Kraft Center present: Get Lucky: Amulets and Ketubah Art by Judith Joseph.
Art Exhibit curated by organized by the Jewish Art Salon.
Location: The Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, 606 West 115th Street, New York, NY 10025
Date: Thursday April 18, 2013
6 – 7 PM Opening Reception, Free & Open to the Public
7 – 8 PM Panel Discussion Still, Small Voice in a Noisy World: Jewish Heritage and Contemporary Art. Panelists: Judith Joseph, Alison Kruvant and Isaac Peterson, moderated by Buzz Slutzky.
Exhibit Hours: April 18 – May 20, Sunday – Thursday 9-8, Friday 9-1.
The art of Judith Joseph springs from illuminated manuscripts: decorated, hand-written texts. She loves miniature medieval illustrations with their quirky, often bizarre imagery that ranges from holy inspiration to bawdy violence. Her love of letters encompasses both their calligraphic form and the story they tell.
She started making ketubahs (hand-written, decorated Jewish marriage contracts) at the age of 17, beginning a journey with this art form that has lasted decades and produced some 500 commissioned, original works. She has grown up with the ketubah, and it has grown with her.
Judith’s paintings often contain Hebrew lettering. Her series of hamsa (amulet) paintings began when she painted one for each of her three adult sons, when they moved far from home. She used unstretched canvas, so the paintings could be easily rolled and transported from place to place. She used thehamsa symbol: a hand blocking the evil eye, an ancient image found in Mediterranean countries. The hamsa is often worn during childbirth.
Judith believes in the power of images as a way to focus our intent and will, and the power of words to guide us. Each hamsa image is encircled with a ribbon containing Hebrew inscriptions of the names of archangels (Michael, Raphael, Yuriel, Uzziel, Ezriel, etc.) The letters create a dynamic, dancing border, stand-ins for human beings, as we are expected to create a “fence around the Torah.” (Pirke Avot, 1.1)
More project info:
Jewish Art Salon (with web images): http://www.jewishartsalon.com/2013/03/get-lucky-amulets-and-ketubah-art-by.html
Directions: #1 Train to 116 St, Buses M4, M5, M104 to 116 St. M60 Bus from 125 St Metro-North.
606 West 115th Street, just west off Broadway.
The Jewish Art Salon is a global community of artists and art professionals. It organizes exhibitions, panel discussions and programming with leading international artists and scholars, in order to create an appreciation for innovative Jewish art in the contemporary art world.
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