American Jewish Museum
A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles
Fine Perlow Weis Gallery
May 12–July 28, 2013
A Stitch in Jewish Time: Provocative Textiles is a group exhibition including work by contemporary artists from the United States and abroad who employ textiles to explore conceptual, social, religious, historical or identity issues. Challenging the long history of Jewish textiles and their utilitarian uses as Torah covers, prayer shawls, rugs, challah and matzah covers, the artists here use textiles primarily as an expressive medium. The exhibition was originally organized by Laura Kruger, Curator of the Hebrew Union College Museum in New York City.
A Stitch in Jewish Time includes work by well-known artists as well as lesser-known artists. Pittsburgh artists Leslie Golomb and Louise Silk are also included in the exhibition. Each meshes their wide-ranging interest in Judaism with textiles to create compelling, challenging, and sometimes humorous, works.
Undoubtedly, Kruger asserts, the artists included in A Stitch in Jewish Time change our conception of textiles, fibers and materials, form, construction,and creative reach. Each work is outstanding and leaves an indelible impression that expands our perception of contemporary art and enhances our understanding of Jewish history, experience, and values.
The American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh explores contemporary Jewish art with programs that facilitate dialogue about art, philosophy, and culture.
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