American Jewish Museum
Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom
THE ANNA L. AND IRENE V. CAPLAN EXHIBIT
Fine Perlow Weis GalleryJanuary 19–April 17, 2015
Louise Silk: BubbeWisdom features Silk’s work and celebrates her 65th birthday.
The exhibition includes 18 quilts, a children’s spiritual tent, and a quilt that will be made in collaboration with participants at the JCC. Yiddish for grandmother, a bubbe possesses simultaneous pushiness and affection because she has seen it all and knows what’s best. Silk expertly combines her identity as a bubbe with quilt-making and storytelling. Keenly interested in politics, the environment, women’s issues and culture, Silk—an artist for nearly 40 years—has a lot to express through her quilts.
Silk ties the threads of philosophical values, physical consciousness, psychological emotions and ephemeral spirit in combination with moral knowledge and common sense. Guiding Silk is a lifelong effort to enhance kavanah, the intentional and conscious living of precise action in the correct way in the appropriate time. As her third AJM exhibition, following I Was There; I am Here: The Illumination of a Soul, 1994, and Pieces of Memory, 2000, BubbeWisdom displays the evolution of Silk’s quilting practice and creates a sense of shared history around her artistic and personal experiences.
Fine Perlow Weis Gallery
May 4–July 24, 2015
Dale Lazar’s striking photographs of the Israelite Samaritans during the festival of Unleavened Bread convey the small, yet persistent community during one of their most important annual events. Each of the photographs in the exhibition depicts moments captured by Lazar during a single day; the festival of Unleavened Bread, which began at 1:00 am.
The community, known as Israelite Samaritans, is similar to but distinct from Judaism. Samaritans believe they are the inheritors of the covenant between God and Moses’s Israelites and that their Torah is the oldest bible in existence. They believe they are the remnants of the Israelites that remained in the Northern Kingdom after the Assyrian (Babylonian) conquest around 722 B.C.E. Accepting the Five Books of Moses and their account of the Book of Joshua, they consider their version of the Torah as authentic.
The Samaritans are unique, traditional and deeply religious. There are approximately 750 Samaritans in the world today. Being among, if not the smallest, religious groups in the world, the Samaritans are confronted by an incredible number of challenges, including extinction.
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