American Jewish Museum

Synagogues of Prague and Budapest:
David Aschkenas
April 7-June 30, 2014 

Berger Gallery, Robinson Building

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 23, 6-8 pm 
5738 Darlington Road

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Melissa Hiller at 412-521-8011 ext. 105. 

Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas includes twenty-three mesmerizing photographs of the architecture of synagogues taken by Aschkenas during three visits to Prague and Budapest between 2011-2013. Aschkenas's photography captures the awe-inspiring grandeur of many sites traditionally closed to the public and reveals a close inspection of the human aspects of these ritual places, without relying on human figures.

Conjuring the narrative and collective memory of the communities attached to these synagogues, Aschkenas's photographs of well-used desks, threadbare chairs, and remnants of cloth expose the deeply rooted tradition of Jewish community and religious ritual with heightened sense of reality. 

Notably, Aschkenas's works will be simultaneously exhibited at the American Jewish Museum and the Jubilee Synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic. 

Synagogues of Prague and Budapest: David Aschkenas is made possible by The Fine Foundation. 

GALLERY HOURS:
Monday-Thursday, 5:30 am-10 pm
Friday, 5:30 am-6 pm
Saturday, 8 am-6 pm
Sunday, 8 am-6 pm 

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Micaela Amateau Amato: Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam
Through April 25, 2014

Opening Reception and Alba Flamenca performance 
Saturday, March 22, 2014 – 7-9PM  FREE
American Jewish Museum

Alba Flamenca performance
Saturday, March 22, 2014 – 8:15-9:00pm  FREE
American Jewish Museum, Katz Theater

Micaela Amateau Amato: Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam is an exhibition that includes paintings, cast glass and ceramic sculptures and Neon text, and conveys Amato’s Sephardic Jewish heritage. Amato is influenced by the origins of Islamic, Romani and Jewish sources evident in flamenco poetry, music and dance. Cante Jondo for Tikkun Olam translates to “Deep Song to Heal the Earth and Repair the World”.

Cante Jondo, deep song, references flamenco’s most emotionally intense form. Amato is especially compelled by flamenco’s rootsderiving from the convergence of disparate cultures, which at various times in history, coexisted in relative harmony. As a Sephardic Jew with Spanish and Moroccan heritage, she relates to these shared roots. She connects her artwork with the soul and intensity of flamenco to the anguish she internalizes about the Spanish Jewish diaspora. She considers her work as aiding the healing of ailments deep within the subconscious that diaspora creates. Amato’s artist statement expresses the ideas that undergird her work: “These works are grounded in an acute awareness of the web of the ancient past interconnected within the present and rooted in the natural world.”

Drawing upon the shared roots between Judaism and flamenco, Carolina Loyola- Garcia and the Alba Flamenca ensemble will present a flamenco performance during the opening reception. The Alba Flamenca ensemble will bring the deep song (cante jondo) and mournful emotion of Micaela Amato’s artwork to life through song and dance. Alba Flamenca is a Pittsburgh-based ensemble that performs in venues throughout the city.



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