Skirball Artish Beit Midrash Show

Last night was the opening of the 10th Annual Exhibition of Art created in the Skirball Center’s Artist Beit Midrash.  I’m always impressed by the group’s artistic interpretations of the Jewish texts they study together and this year’s exhibition did not disappoint.

Susan Kaplow’s piece “Abomination: Wrestling With Leviticus 18” is both striking and thought-provoking. Her work  “explores the painful legacy for gay people of the Biblical abhorrence of homosexuality. … Kaplow printed the Talmud text on fabric from which she fashioned a set of shrouds like those in which the Jewish dead are buried. She then dressed herself in the shrouds to fully feel the burden of being an “abomination.” Her experience was documented by Trix Rosen, whose photographs form part of the installation.”

Rachel Kanter‘s installation piece “Beautiful” explores the definition of beauty in today’s society.  And Barbara Freedman‘s mesmerizing digital prints transport the viewer to a new world.

Stop by and see the work yourself at 1 East 65th Street 10am-5pm weekdays until June 14, 2012.  You won’t be disappointed.

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