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The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is an artist-run organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community.
Mission and History
JAI was originally conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. We are now under the fiscal sponsorship of Community Partners of Los Angeles.
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MIRI CHAIS | Select Art Fair | The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club | 1732 Collins Ave., Miami
Starry Night Exposure Program, Rooms 114 and 116
DONI SILVER SIMONS | Context Art Miami | Booth E21 | 3201 NE 1st Ave., Miami
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A N I N V I T A T I O N F R O M A S Y L U M A R T S
We’re excited to announce the second annual Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat, a Schusterman Connection Point! We will be bringing together 65 multi-disciplinary emerging Jewish artists from around the world, at the idyllic Garrison Institute, from March 23-26, 2014. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals, working artists, and from each other. Master classes and seminars will be led by professionals from leading arts organizations, empowering emerging artists with the professional skills necessary for a more successful long-term career in the arts. Participants will explore Jewish themes and ideas, and have the opportunity to share and discuss their own work. We hope that by bringing together a global community of emerging Jewish artists, new art and relationships will be fostered that cross national boundaries and artistic mediums.
This year, we're pleased to offer grants to participants for ideas sparked during the retreat!
Click here for a video preview of what to expect this year.
Who we're looking for: We’re looking for professional artists who are actively working in their artistic discipline, with at least two years of professional experience creating and disseminating their art. In order to best fit the developmental nature of this retreat, we are looking for artists in the early-mid stages of their careers, ages 22 to 39, and they need to have demonstrated a significant commitment to their artistic discipline. Lastly, we are looking for art-creators, rather than interpreters of the work of others.
We’re invested in bring together an international group of artists, and so travel stipends are available to get to NYC!
Applications are now open! We will be accepting applications until 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, December 11th. Apply yourself, or spread the word to artists you think would be a good fit.
Hope to see you there! – The Asylum Team
Exhibition continues through January 11, 2014 | Gallery hours Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
An exhibition spanning two galleries and college campuses exploring the spiritual, metaphysical and alchemical in contemporary art.
The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are pleased to present an exhibition of contemporary art entitled Tapping the Third Realm on view:
Now through December 8, 2013
A large group exhibition, Tapping the Third Realm presents the work of thirty-four artists who deal with ideas of spirituality through four main avenues: conjuring, communication, collaboration and chance. It explores how artists tap into another dimension, whether it be a place of spirits, ideas of heaven, or the collective unconscious.
Victor Raphael's work is included in See the Light – Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Resnick Pavilion, October 27, 2013 – March 23, 2014.
Marjorie and Leonard Vernon began to collect photography in 1975, eventually building a collection of some 3,600 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium. In 2008 LACMA acquired the complete collection, making it possible for the museum to represent photography’s full range and its centrality in modern visual culture.
This beautifully installed exhibition of 220 photographs from the Vernon Collection takes a historical perspective, identifying parallels between photography and vision science over time. Raphael's piece is the only Polaroid artwork in the show.
CURATOR: Georgia Freedman-Harvey
Artist Panel Discussion at AJU: Sunday, October 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Closed: November 28, 29, 30 & December 1
Free Parking • Handicap Accessible
15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA 90077
Hal Goldberg's Holocaust Memorial Sculpture
In September 2012 Hal Goldberg's sculpture, "They will never be forgotten: Serge and Beate Klarsfeld and Marceline Kogan" was installed at the Camp Des Milles Holocaust Memorial Museum in France. The sculpture also depicts the books the Klarsfelds have written.
Serge and Beate Klarsfeld are famous Nazi hunters based in Paris, and Marceline Kogan was a two year old child rounded up in the infamous Paris "Rafle" in 1942 and killed in Auschwitz.
Camp des Milles was a French internment camp in a former tile factory near Aix-en-Provence. Between 1941 and 1942 it was used as a transit camp for Jews. About 2,000 of the inmates were shipped off to the Drancy internment camp on the way to Auschwitz. Since 1993, the site served as a World War II memorial, and in September 2012 the memorial was turned into a Holocaust memorial museum.
Several works by Victor Raphael are included in "The Polaroid Years: Instant Photograph and Experimentation", at The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The Exhibition was on view there through June 30, 2013.
Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, this landmark exhibition brings together ground breaking Polaroid pictures by forty artists spanning the period from the initial release of the SX-70 camera in 1972 until the present. Artists included: Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Walker Evans, Richard Hamilton, Robert Heinecken, David Hockney, Andre Kertesz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lucas Samaras, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman, among others. Catalogue available
The exhibition will travel to The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach Florida from December 19, 2013 through March 23, 2014.
Curatorial research for the exhibition was sponsored by, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Smart Family Fund for Art Exhibition Support.
A wonderful overview of Ruth Weisberg's work in the New York Jewish Press:
"There is a special class of Jewish artists who toil in the rich fields of Tanach and Jewish practice for years and years, quietly establishing a foundation of visual and intellectual markers for generation of artists to come. Ruth Weisberg is clearly one of these founders. Her seminal work articulates an approach to the Jewish narrative deeply informed by a Jewish feminism."
...Has been invited to become a member of the MIT International Kepes Society, as well as the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. The letter of invitation cites her art, science, publications and films. MIT is also publishing Hirsch's manuscript, Artist as Scientist in a Reflective Universe, in the April, 2014 Leonardo Journal.
In September 2013 Hirsch presented Ominous to Numinous: Cultural Contradictions and Indigenous Truths: Ritual, Induction, Intentionality, Placebo, and Image in Global Healing at the International Society for Shamanic Research (ISSR) Conference, (“Traditional Rituals and Spiritual Harmony in the Changing Globalized Word”), in Guiyang, China, sponsored by the Guizhou Institute for Advanced Study in Anthropology and Ethnology (GIASAE) at Guizhou Normal College, supported by the International Culture Exchange Center (CICE) and co-sponsored by Guizhou Normal College and Guizhou International Culture Exchange Center (GICEC)
unexplained phenomena project book
unexplained phenomena project is a collaboration between Victor Raphael and David Jordan Williams. The series includes images from around the world and explores extraordinary, mysterious encounters with the unknown. unexplained phenomena project hopes to elicit in the viewer the idea that we should not rule out the unexplained or the exceptional when considering what is real and what we know.
39 color images, essay by Judith Margolis, and an introductory note from Robbie Robertson.
E-book includes the video, unexplained phenomena: Los Angeles (3:24)