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  • May 14, 2018 11:09 AM | Emily O'Leary

    Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale is pleased to announce Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth, jointly organized with the Jewish Art Salon and guest curator Ori Z. Soltes for the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale, which will be on view at the Derfner Judaica Museum through May 27, 2018. (The exhibition catalogue may be read here.)

    The Jewish Art Salon’s exhibition was one of 26 exhibitions and projects from around the world that occupied multiple venues in Jerusalem this past fall. The Derfner Judaica Museum is honored to bring this exhibition to New York. Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth includes 34 works by 30 artists who explore this year’s Biennale theme of “watershed.” According to Ram Ozeri, its Director and Founder, “The Jerusalem Biennale provides a stage for professional artists—from secular to ultra-Orthodox—who refer in their artwork to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition or experience.” The recent Biennale threw “a spotlight onto the concept of watershed, examining it from a literal, metaphorical and even historical perspective,” he elaborated. “The theme finds its expression in issues as varied as Jewish identity, immigration and refugees, alongside watershed moments in history. . . . Both in Hebrew (kav parashat hamayim) and in English, watershed is used to describe an important turning point—an event that changed the course of history.”

    Ori Z. Soltes has taken the watershed theme and interpreted it with his selection of works by artists from the US, Israel, the UK and the Netherlands. According to Soltes, “A watershed yields a branching, be it of physical terrain, historical events or spiritual and aesthetic concepts. Such an idea is particularly powerful in conjunction with the city of Jerusalem” where “the spiritual foundations. . . branch in three Abrahamic directions. . . .”

    Watershed ideas extend from Jerusalem’s topography to moments that shape history and thought—to contemporary aesthetics and politics. In the exhibition, paintings by Tobi Kahn and a video by Leah Caroline and Jeremy S-Horseman offer abstract suggestions of the geological watershed that helps define Jerusalem. In her video, Sarah Lightman turns that topography inward toward life’s profound watershed moments.

    Joel Silverstein’s painting Promised Land—here the beach at Coney Island—is a reference to biblical Israel and to the American Jewish immigrant experience. Richard McBee’s painting Exodus Redux suggests watershed moments of the biblical Exodus that pushed the Israelites toward Sinai and from there toward Jerusalem and the building of Solomon’s Temple. Solomon is traditionally discussed as the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes, explored in Ellen Holzblatt’s paintings. Gabriela Boros considers the watershed warnings to the Israelite-Judeans by the Prophet Isaiah. The universal message of the Book of Jonah is the focus of Yona Verwer and Katarzyna Kozera, of Jan Lauren Greenfeld and of Alan Hobscheid. The tradition of rabbinic commentary is encountered through works by Rachel Kanter, Beth Krensky and Ben Schachter. From there the mystical strains of Judaism emerge in Susan Schwalb’s small, tight abstractions. In Carol Buchman’s work the mystical and geological become panentheistic: the Name of God suffuses nature.

    Away from the sacred city, Jewish history and thought seek a return to Jerusalem—particularly at harsh watershed diaspora moments. Mark Podwal’s 1492 references the Expulsion from Spain; Billha Zussman imagines how that external watershed has internal consequences; Archie Rand offers cutting edge—watershed—visual references to the Shoah or Holocaust.

    Jerusalem also reaches into Islam and Christianity. Siona Benjamin’s work reflects her background as a Jewish woman from predominantly Hindu and Muslim India, now living in the US. In Exodus #5, one from a series of paintings that considers the current wide-spread refugee crisis, she interweaves that issue with an exploration of how PaRDeS (as a Jewish, and particularly a Jewish mystical concept) intersects the equivalent Islamic concept of Jannat. In her abstract monoprint, Miriam Stern reimagines the Christian vision of the Hebrew Bible depicted in the Morgan Library’s 14th-century French illuminated manuscript known as the Crusader Bible.

    Contemporary Jerusalem offers Aviva Shemer’s installation of suspended Hebrew, Arabic and Latin (English) letters, inspired by Martin Buber’s discussion of Jerusalem as a center of Am ve’Olam (A People and the World); Jane Logemann’s frenetic Hebrew and Arabic repetitions of the word “water” transform into abstract images. In her painting, Leah Raab imagines the Valley of Tears, the site of a massive assault in the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War. In two photographs, Dorit Jordan Dotan focuses on the crisis of Israeli-Palestinian water-sharing and the geological processes at work separating water from salt at the Atlit salt flats. Bruria Finkel turns the issue of potable and salt water back toward the geology of Jerusalem. Yehudis Barmatz-Harris turns water to fire as history moves back from the crucible of Jerusalem’s return to Jewish hands to the purification process of the Israelites in the wilderness and the burning of the Red Heifer. Pamela Fingerhut returns viewers to the moment when Moses is placed in the Nile, in this case by a modern day Miriam. Elaine Langermann’s mixed media work, Poem/Painting #11—“Watershed,” combines image and text to ask what art is and where we move forward, intersecting the questions: what is Jewish art? And what is Judaism? Both of these are suffused by questions—like the city of Jerusalem itself.

    About the curator          

    Ori Z. Soltes teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. For seven years, Dr. Soltes was Director and Chief Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, where he created over 80 exhibitions focusing on aspects of history, ethnography and contemporary art. He has also curated diverse contemporary and historical art exhibitions at other sites, nationally and internationally. As Director of the National Jewish Museum he co-founded the Holocaust Art Restitution Project and has spent nearly 20 years researching and consulting on the issue of Nazi-plundered art.

    Dr. Soltes has lectured at dozens of museums across the country, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been interviewed for a score of programs on archaeological, religious, art, literary and historical topics on CNN, the History Channel and Discovery Channel. Nearly 250 publications—books, articles and catalogue essays—have included, among others: Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture and Fixing the World: Jewish American Painters in the Twentieth Century. OriZSoltes.com

    About Jewish Art Salon 

    The Jewish Art Salon is the largest, most-recognized Jewish visual art organization in the world. It is a global network of contemporary Jewish art. The Salon provides important programs and resources, and develops lasting partnerships with the international art community and the general public.

    The Jewish Art Salon presents public events in the US and Israel, and produces art projects with international art institutions. Since 2008 the Jewish Art Salon has organized dozens of art exhibits and events exploring Jewish themes, related to current issues. In the New York area it hosts occasional salon sessions with international artists and scholars. JewishArtSalon.org

    About Hebrew Home at Riverdale

    As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provides educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families, and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs, and visitors from elsewhere. RiverSpring Health is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 12,000 older adults in greater New York through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718.581.1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours, or for further information, visit our website at RiverSpringHealth.org/art

    This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


  • May 11, 2018 10:33 AM | Samantha Hall-Saladino
    Calling all history buffs and trivia lovers! The Albany County Historical Association, Rensselaer County Historical Society, and Schenectady County Historical Society are hosting the first ever Tri-County Trivia Tournament on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:30pm at the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post 1520 at 4 Everett Rd. in Albany. Our trivia master is Cordell Reaves, Historic Interpretation and Preservation Analyst for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register individually and be matched with a team or get a group of friends together and register as a team (up to 6 people). Win prizes! Don't want to play? Come and cheer on your county champions in the spectator section! Cash bar and food available for purchase. 

    Tickets are $25 per person or $125 per team. This event is a fundraiser for the three organizations. Purchase your tickets and register your team here!

  • March 26, 2018 1:51 PM | Wade Lawrence

    BETHEL, NY (March 26, 2018) –  On April 7th, The Museum at Bethel Woods will open for the 2018 season, featuring a new Special Exhibit, Peter Max: Early Paintings. The exhibit will bring together for the first time the collections of Robert Casterline and Shelly Fireman for a Peter Max experience that should not be missed.

    The art of Peter Max helped define the psychedelic 1960s, with its colorful imagery of gurus, sages, runners, flyers, Zen boats, snow-capped mountains, planets, stars, and sunbeams. With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States “Painter Laureate.”

    Peter Max has stayed in the public eye through five decades, but visitors to The Museum at Bethel Woods will have a rare opportunity to see inspiring artwork from a pivotal moment in the artist's illustrious career: the period from 1967 through 1972 when his work moved from nostalgic collage-inspired realistic paintings to his visionary, imaginative Cosmic creations.

    The museum doors will open for the 2018 season at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 7. A private brunch and special exhibition preview is scheduled for Bethel Woods Members that morning, and the Special Exhibition will open to the general public at 11:30AM.  Museum Director and Senior Curator, Wade Lawrence will conduct gallery walks of Peter Max: Early Paintings for the general public at 12:00PM, 2:00PM & 4:00PM on opening day.

    On display through December 31st, Peter Max: Early Paintings is included in the regular museum admission. Special-exhibition-only admission is just $5.00.

    In support of this year’s special exhibit, and in celebration of The Museum’s 10th anniversary, 12 regional artists will present Doors to Originality, a series of original Peter Max-inspired designs on vintage wooden doors. This outdoor installation, displayed throughout the Bethel Woods grounds, opens June 2, ten years to the day that The Museum at Bethel Woods opened its doors.

    The Museum at Bethel Woods explores the social, political, cultural and musical transformations of the sixties while drawing connections to the issues that continue to affect our world today. It features an award-winning permanent collection, evolving exhibits and engaging programs. Visit bethelwoodscenter.org for more information and to plan your visit.

    Museum Spring Hours:

    April 7-April 29

    Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

    Museum Summer Hours:

    April 30-September 3

    Open every day, 10:00am-7:00pm

    Museum Early Fall Hours:

    September 4-October 8

    Open every day, 10:00am-5:00pm

    Museum Fall Hours:

    October 9-December 23

    Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm

    (Home for the Holidays hours: December 26–31, open every day, 10am–5pm)

     

    NOTE: Please call ahead to verify museum hours on concert days. Access to the grounds is closed on Pavilion concert days. The Monument continues to be open to visitors seven days a week, all year long via West Shore Road. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve day, and Christmas Day.

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    About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

     Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.  Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for arts education programming.

    Through the in-depth study and exhibition of the social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s, as well as the preservation of the historic site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods educates individuals about the issues and lessons of the decade while inspiring a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them. The not-for-profit organization relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.

    For more information please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org.


  • March 23, 2018 1:46 PM | Wade Lawrence

    BETHEL, NY (March 23, 2018) – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a one-of-a-kind cultural center for the arts and humanities. Drawing local, national, and international visitors, it is best known as a concert venue, museum and as a National Register Historic Site where the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair was held in August 1969. In 2019, the center will mark 50 years since the iconic festival took place and they are pleased to offer a limited time opportunity for patrons from around the world to make their own mark on history through an Anniversary Pavers Program.

    Each 4″x8″ commemorative brick paver is etched with a personal message, stamped with an exclusive 50th anniversary insignia and will then be incorporated into the classic design of the venue entrance pathway. Individually, the pavers are a unique way to celebrate a loved one; together, they exemplify the arts’ ability to unify the masses.  

    A one-time tax-deductible donation of $269 ensures that local, national and international visitors can explore and understand the social and political impact that emerged from the 1960s, as well as how these experiences are inextricably linked to the values of cultural expression and freedom that are enjoyed daily. 

    As a 501c3 non-profit organization, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has evolved into an innovative, program-driven cultural center that includes The Museum at Bethel Woods, activity-based arts and humanities education programs, and a state-of-the art outdoor music venue.

    Gifts will directly help the cultural center achieve important plans for the benefit of future generations. As stewards of a distinctive heritage site, future plans include the opening up of a newly restored trail systems in the Bindy Bazaar Woodland, restoration of the Woodstock stage area and the creation of a scenic interpretative outlook at the top of the field.

    Pavers ordered before April 15, 2018 installed in May.

    Pavers ordered before August 15, 2018 installed in September.

    Pavers ordered before October 15, 2018 installed in November.

    For more information and to order, please visit www.bethelwoodscenter.org/paver.

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    About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

    Bethel Woods Center for the Arts inspires, educates, and empowers individuals through the arts and humanities by presenting a diverse selection of culturally-rich performances, popular artists, and community and educational programming.  Located 90 miles from New York City at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods, and a Conservatory for arts education programming.

    Through the in-depth study and exhibition of the social, political, and cultural events of the 1960s, as well as the preservation of the historic site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Bethel Woods educates individuals about the issues and lessons of the decade while inspiring a new generation to contribute positively to the world around them. The not-for-profit organization relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations to develop and sustain programs that improve the quality of life in the region and beyond.

     For more information please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org.


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