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Default Jews in Art

Creating Jewish-'American' Culture
The Jewish visual culture in America is a bridge in its efforts to adopt and adapt to the mainstream. This visual presentation focuses on the origins and development of this 'culture' in the United States.

This first presentation begins with the richness of the Jewish community in Spain, from which the Jews were expelled in 1492. They went to many places, including the New World, arriving in New York a hundred and fifty years later. By the mid-eighteenth century, the Jews established their first American synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island. An American born Sephardic Jewish silversmith (Myer Myers), who apprenticed under Paul Revere, created rimonim for their Torahs.

In the nineteenth century, a Jewish-American artist and photographer (Solomon Carvalho) accompanied John Fremont on his western expedition seeking a route for the cross-country railroad. Another Jewish-American artist (Moses Ezekiel) fought in the Civil War and studied sculpture in Europe, creating major works for American sites.

By the turn of the twentieth century, some Jewish-American artists went to Europe to study in the School of Paris, and were excited by the avant-garde modernist art in painting, sculpture, and photography. The individual responsible for introducing the most advanced European art to America and for bringing photography to the level of fine art was a Jewish-American artist, Alfred Stieglitz.

Around the same time, the largest influx of Jews to America came from Eastern Europe. Their artworks reflected their memories and their experiences. The Depression and looming war in the 1930s impacted Jewish-American artists in a powerful and poignant way. Their works emphasize the social conditions of that time. Many European Jewish artists found safe haven in the United States during the war, and used their unique approach to highlight the events occurring in those war-torn lands.

This continuing presentation investigates the artworks of Jewish-American artists after World War II. At that time, the international center of art shifted from Paris to New York City and Jewish-American artists were leaders in the new aesthetic movements. From the first female sculptor and president of Artists Equity (Louise Nevelson) to the internationally acclaimed abstract expressionist painters (Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb), the frontiers were wide open for new aesthetic approaches. Jewish-American artists were in the forefront, from second generation abstract expressionists (Helen Frankenthaler) to photographers (Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon), to Pop Art (Roy Lichtenstein) and sculpture (George Segal), to the individual thrusts of post-modernism (Ken Aptekar, Ida Applebroog, Barbara Kruger)....
Jewish-'American' Artists
This visual program focuses on the historical development of American Jewish artists, such as:

Meyer Myers, an 18th c. goldsmith

Moses Ezekiel, a 19th c. sculptor

Solomon Carvalho, a 19th c. photographer

Henry Mosler, a 19th c. painter

and many different 20th c. painters, sculptors, and video artists, such as:

Alfred Stieglitz, photographer
Sir Jacob Epstein, sculptor
Raphael and Moses Soyer, painters/printmakers
Elie Nadelman, sculptor

Max Weber, painter

Philip Evergood, painter

William Zorach, sculptor

Arthur Szyk, painter/illustrator

Gertrud and Otto Natzlers, ceramicists

Alfred Eisenstadt, journalist photographer

Roman Vishniac, 'Holocaust' photographer

Richard Avedon, fashion photographer

Diane Arbus, photographer
Aaron Siskind, photographer
Ad Reinhardt, painter
Philip Guston, painter
Morris Louis, painter

Jules Olitski, painter

Roy Lichtenstein, painter

Miriam Schapiro, painter

Audrey Flack, painter
Judy Chicago, painter
Jim Dine, painter

Ida Applebroog, painter

Jerome Witkin, painter
Ken Aptekar, painter

These creative individuals all show aspects of their world in their own special way. [Something of an understatement. --L.D.]
Jewish Women Artists
This slide lecture examines the various art forms created by Jewish Women artists. Their art reflects their unique life experiences, particularly as they reacted to the culture and the times in which they lived. From painters to sculptors, printmakers and photographers, these artists expressed the best of themselves and their artistic skills. Their art displays their concerns for social equality as well as time bound aesthetic issues, particularly during the Modernist era (1900-1980).

This program consists of works by :

Gertrud Natzler, ceramicist
Anni Albers, weaver

Sonia Delaunay, designer

Louise Nevelson, sculptor
Eva Hesse, sculptor

Helen Frankenthaler
Lee Krasner
Frida Kahlo
Miriam Schapiro
Deborah Kass
Ida Applebroog
Judy Chicago
Malcah Zeldis
Nancy Spero
Susan Rothenberg
Audrey Flack

Diane Arbus
Cindy Sherman

Annie Leibovitz

Eleanor Antin
Barbara Kruger
Jenny Snider

How is the faithful city become an harlot! It was full of judgment: righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water. Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards.

Xian WN!

"The Jew can only be understood if it is known what he strives for: ... the destruction of the world.... [it is] the tragedy of Lucifer."

Holy-Hoax Exposed, Hollow-Cost Examined, How Low Cost? (toons)

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