The Shul / Church Project at The Abington Art Center
February 5 - March 24, 2016
Opening reception: Friday February 5, 6-8pm
Artists Talk: Saturday March 12, 10am-Noon
Closing Reception: Wednesday March 16, 6:30-8 pm
Regular Gallery Hours:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 9 am - 9pm. Saturdays 9 am - 1pm
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The Shul/Church Project is an ongoing exploration of Philadelphia buildings that were built as Synagogues from 1900-1930, and the African-American Church congregations that now use them. The project currently comprises two main elements: works on paper that document the buildings from a variety of viewpoints, and audio collages created with sound recorded during services at Jewish and Christian congregations with shared history. This exhibition will include 16 framed portraits of former Synagogue buildings that are currently Black churches, four larger work on paper, and an ambient audio installation.
My intention for this project is to depict both the past and present use of these spaces, in order to encourage curiosity and insight into the history, current reality, and potential for connection between Philadelphia Jewish and Black communities. Embedded in these works are the echoes of the White Flight of the 1950’s-80’s, during which urban Jews moved to the suburbs as black populations were increasing in city neighborhoods. These works acknowledge both the anti-Semitism and racism that Jewish and Black communities have struggled with, and the beauty and strength of the congregations that share the history of these buildings and neighborhoods.
The Abington Art Center galleries are in a historic estate in Jenkintown PA, 10 miles north of Philadelphia.
The Garden of Time
The Garden of Time is an illustrated book for all ages.
The book is a collaboration between myself and Rabbi Jill Hammer, and is published by Skinner House Books.
You can order it here.
A piece from my new series on work on paper, Vayehi ( And It Was) was on view at the Abington Art Center in Jenkintown PA, where it won the Juror's Prize in their annual juried exhibition.
I was honored to have a new version of my 2011 Hanukkah image used for a national campaign for Hanukkah actions happening across the country on December 16th, against police violence. Visit chanukahaction.org to learn more. You can purchase prints of the new image, and sets of the cards here.
The Museum of Art and Peace in Philadelphia acquired one of the original artworks from The Garden of Time. I'm so excited to have this wonderful institution be one of the first collectors of this series.