Exhibitions 2009

Exhibitions Archive

PAT BERGER • 50 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE
December 31, 2009
January 31, 2010

 

LA ARTCORE Union Center for the Arts

January 2 - 31, 2010

Artist Reception on the 10th, 3-5 p.m.

A 50 year retrospective of paintings, drawings and prints from many of the artist's series in her portfolio. And includes new work never exhibited before.

 

120 Judge John Aiso Street   Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 617-3274

Hours: Wed. - Sun./12 - 5 p.m.

 

You are cordially invited to preview Omer 5769 – New work by Doni Silver Simons
December 17, 2009
December 17, 2009

 

Omer 5769

 

Thursday December 17th  5pm – 6:30pm

5:20 pm Film by Jonathan Skurnik

Music by Peter Himmelman

 

A conversation with Sherry Frumkin

and Doni Silver Simons will follow

 

Sherry Frumkin Gallery 

3026 Airport Ave. 

Santa Monica, CA 90405

 

RSVP 310/795-9155

Refreshments served

omerpreview@gmail.com

No Place to Go: Paintings of the Homeless by Pat Berger
December 10, 2009
February 21, 2010

Bakersfield Museum of Art

December 10, 2009 - February 21, 2010

Hobos to Street People: Artists' Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present

 

...is a traveling exhibit featuring the works of 30 artists working over the last 75 years to document the tragedy of homelessness.  Through painting, printmaking, photography, and mixed media, Depression-era and contemporary artists offer glimpses of life on the street and show many similarities between the eras.

 

Exhibit curator Art Hazelwood says that "some of the artists in this exhibition personally experienced homelessness and poverty, some worked directly with organizations to combat poverty, but all of them felt that art could be used to focus attention on homelessness. The idea that art can have a function in society by engaging in a struggle for a better world, and that everyone should take an interest in the well-being of less fortunate people are the twin beliefs of the artists in this show."

The exhibitions illustrate artistic interpretations of homelessness during a 75 year span from the Dust Bowl migrants of the 1930s to the street people of today with emphasis on California. The art and artists illuminate displacement both in noble and negative images.

No Place to Go: Paintings of the Homeless by Pat Berger is a compilation by the Los Angeles artist who spent over five years in the 1980s on skid row in Los Angeles, making a statement through paintings to bring attention to the issue of homelessness.

 

The exhibits open with a reception on December 10 at 6 p.m.

 

Bakersfield Museum of Art   1930 R Street    Bakersfield, CA 93301    (661) 323-7219

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 12-4pm; closed Monday and holidays

 

Admission: Members - Free, Adults - $5.00, Seniors (65+) - $4.00, Students - $2.00

Every third Friday of the month, all admission FREE!

Every second Sunday of the month, all seniors (65 and up) admission FREE!

Urban Myths: USC Student Tribute to Susie Gesundheit
November 19, 2009
February 28, 2010

 

 

USC Hillel Art Gallery

presents

URBAN MYTHS:

USC Student Tribute 

to

Susie Gesundheit

 

 

 

 

Opening Event: Thursday, November 19, 2009  Reception 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  

Remarks by Dean Ruth Weisberg, 5:00 p.m.

 

USC Hillel Gallery • 3300 S. Hoover St. • Los Angeles  

 

More information: Lee Rosenblum, (213) 973-1204 or email

 

The LA Story
October 24, 2009
October 25, 2009

 

Platt and Borstein Galleries

American Jewish University

15600 Mulholland Dr.

Bel Air, CA  90077 

 

Reception: October 25, 2009, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

 

Featuring Ruth Weisberg, Bill Aron, Pat Berger, Tony Berlant, Joyce Dallal, Sam Erenberg, Bonita Helmer, Victor Raphael, Elena Mary Siff, and Eugene Yelchin

 

The L.A. Story investigates the impact of place and the search for artistic community among artists who share a religious, cultural, and spiritual heritage by presenting a selection of work from ten contemporary Los Angeles Jewish artists. Working in diverse styles and mediums, with each expressing an individual voice, their range of subject matter addresses politics, myth, memory, spirituality, surrealism, Kabbalah, and historic narrative. Techniques include metal collage, oil painting, drawing, photography and digital manipulation.

BIAS CUT, a collaboration with playwright Laurel Ollstein and artist Jane Brucker: a tribute to sewing-where Hollywood glamour meets the garment industry
October 16, 2009
October 17, 2009

 

You are invited to the premiere performance of BIAS CUT, a collaboration with playwright Laurel Ollstein and artist Jane Brucker: a tribute to sewing-where Hollywood glamour meets the garment industry.  It tells the true story of a Hollywood seamstress contrasted with the history of the garment industry.  

This production features two wonderful actors-Johanna McKay and Bernadette Sullivan.

The piece will be performed TWO NIGHTS ONLY at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, October 16th and 17th at 8.30 pm.  

 Prior to the performance the exhibition BEHIND THE SEAMS presents four artists engaged in sewing and social justice issues.  Carol Es, Curt LeMieux, Lea Redmond, and Saeri Cho Dobson will share their artwork with the Highways audience and the public.  A reception for the artists will be October 17th from 7pm-8.30pm.

Buy tickets at www.highwaysperformance.org

or by phone:  310-315-1459

Sweet Subversives, Long Beach Museum of Art
October 16, 2009
February 14, 2009

Long Beach Museum of Art is preparing a new exhibition titled Sweet Subversives, which will open October 16, 2009 on the first floor of the Museum’s gallery pavilion. The work of JAI artists Carol Goldmark and Stas Orlovski are included.

Sweet Subversives is a unique gathering of 31 drawings by Southern California artists who explore their personal vision of what a drawing means to them and how they achieve this vision. A private opening reception for artists, sponsors, and press on October 22, 2009, followed by the return of the LBMA After Dark.

Galleries and store are open Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors age 62 and older, free for Museum members and children under 12, and free for everyone on Friday.

For more information, call (562) 439-2119 or visit http://www.lbma.org

And read about it online at Forth Magazine

Victor Raphael: Travels and Wanderings, 1979-2009
September 8, 2009
December 19, 2009

 

Fisher Museum of Art

823 Exposition Boulevard, L.A.

 

September 9 - December 19, 2009

 

Opening: Tuesday, September 8, 2009

5:30-7:30 PM

Remarks by Selma Holo, 6:30 PM

Director, Fisher Museum of Art

 

 

 

RSVP by September 4 to (213) 740-4561 or email fmoa@usc.edu

 

Carol Goldmark Exhibit at Gatov Gallery in Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, California
September 6, 2009
October 18, 2009

 

The Pauline and Zena Gatov Gallery of the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach will be exhibiting the complex and beautiful floral drawings and paintings of local artist Carol Goldmark. The exhibit will open September 6th and run through October 18th, 2009.  The AJCC is located at 3801 East Willow Street in Long Beach. Gallery Hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Sunday. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.       

In Carol’s drawings and paintings flowers are metaphors for life and death, beauty and decay, the passage of time and the gradual disintegration of the human body.  Her work falls into two groups: one depicts botanical forms in various arrangements and states of decay. The other combines botany and anatomy, constructing a metaphor for mortality. The resulting hybrid imagery explores the metaphysical relationship between flowers and flesh.

Inspired by the themes and poetry of the Hebrew scriptures, the artist quotes Psalm 103 as having particular relevance: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth… for the wind passes over and it is gone.”

The AJCC is proud to present Carol Goldmark as our High Holy Days Artist for the New Year. Her beautiful works truly are=2 0reflective of the passing of time. For more information, please contact Eve Lunt at 562/426-7601, ext. 1067 or at elunt@alpertjcc.org.

From Zero to Infinity: The Story of Everything
September 3, 2009
December 19, 2009

 

September 3 – December 19, 2009

Doheny Memorial Library

 

THE USC LIBRARIES INVITE YOU TO THE OPENING RECEPTION for From Zero to Infinity: The Story of Everything, an exhibition of original artwork by Southern California artists Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada. The artists explore the intersections of astronomy, evolution, mythology, geometry, and countless other subjects. Like latter-day alchemists, they transmute a diverse selection of visual materials into rich, multilayered perspectives on the nature of the universe.

Complementing Raphael and Spada's digital artworks, the libraries present Notes from the Story of Everything, an exhibition of rare books and other materials from our special collections that partly inspired their creative journey. These items continue the artists' explorations of eternal questions--creation and destruction, harmony and strife, space and infinity--that define our existence.

The program includes remarks by Dean Catherine Quinlan of the USC Libraries and artists Victor Raphael and Clayton Spada.

 

Opening: Thursday, September 3, 2009

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, University of Southern California, L.A.

 
SAVE THE DATE: Big Questions | new works by Gilah Yelin Hirsch and Elizabeth Bloom
August 18, 2009
November 8, 2009

August 19 - November 8, 2009 

Location: HUC-JIR/LA & USC Hillel

 

Fresh Voices of Contemporary Jewish Artists
August 13, 2009
December 31, 2009

August 14 - December 31, 2009 // Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Opening Sunday August 30, 2009 // 2 - 4 pm

 

Gilah Hirsch, Painter-Artist Exhibition at Symbol Art Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
July 14, 2009
July 21, 2009

July 14 - 21, 2009

 

 

Hirsch's revelations come from deep inside the artist... She has visualized for us the profound sea change of the body and spirit that we may know from our own experiences, but which we have never been able to see before."

Gilah Yelin Hirsch is a painter, writer, photographer, filmmaker, lecturer, theorist and Professor of Art at California State University, Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles). She works in a multidisciplinary manner including art, architecture, theology, philosophy, psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, neurotheology and world culture. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited internationally in over forty solo and over one hundred fifty group exhibitions, have been acquired by major public and private collections, and have appeared on covers and withing dozens of journals, magazines and books.

Gilah Yelin Hirsch's organic and lyrical style started with her full-frame, lush food paintings in the late sixties. Since then she has continued to deeply explore natural and spiritual phenomena in her image-rich paintings. All of her series are autobiographical and relate to her state of being as well as to her extensive travels and environments.

 

 

 

BRURIA FINKEL: The Complete Aleph Series and CONNIE ZEHR: Angles of Repose
May 9, 2009
May 30, 2009

 

Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions, BRURIA FINKEL: THE COMPLETE ALEPH SERIES and CONNIE ZEHR: ANGLES OF REPOSE. Both exhibitions will open on Saturday, May 9, and run through Saturday, May 30, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 9, from 6 to 9 PM.

Bruria Finkel’s Complete Aleph Series is inspired by and named after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet aleph. Art critic Peter Frank quotes, "Bruria’s art is not commentary on the Kabbalah, but is a reconfiguration of its logic, a putting-to-work of Kabbalistic theory—not quite in the same way as, say, alchemical efforts to turn lead into gold, but definitely a means of giving form to verbal and numerical expression, form that such expression had not been given before. Form is informed by information, detail follows on detail, and abstract knowledge takes circular shape, the same shape assumed by galaxies and drops in a pond."

Finkel’s installation is a creation of a sacred space with its central ritual piece, The Divine Chariot Series, four eight-foot-tall bronzes, inspired by the writings of Avraham Abulafua a kabbalist mystic, poet, Rabbi, who lived in 13th century, Spain (whose writings Finkel has translated since the 1960s). The exhibition also consists of large-scale paintings, originally created in 1991-93 for the Stadtmuseum in Düsseldorf, Germany, handmade books, meditation pieces, and a temporary installation combining elements of earlier (1980) and more recent work.

The artists will be conducting a walk-through tour of their exhibitions on Saturday, May 23, from 4 to 6 P.M. They will be available to address questions from the public during that time.

For more information, please visit our website at www.track16.com.

 

Bruria Finkel • The Complete Aleph Series
May 9, 2009
May 30, 2009

 

 

MAY 9 - MAY 30 2009

Opening reception on Saturday, May 9 from 6 to 9 PM

 

 

Track 16 Gallery

2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg C-1

Santa Monica, CA 90404 

 

310-264-4678

 

 

Bruria Finkel’s Complete Aleph Series is inspired by and named after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet aleph. Art critic Peter Frank quotes, “Bruria’s art is not commentary on the Kabbalah, but is a reconfiguration of its logic, a putting-to-work of Kabbalistic theory—not quite in the same way as, say, alchemical efforts to turn lead into gold, but definitely a means of giving form to verbal and numerical expression, form that such expression had not been given before. Form is informed by information, detail follows on detail, and abstract knowledge takes circular shape, the same shape assumed by galaxies and drops in a pond”.

Finkel’s installation is a creation of a sacred space with its central ritual piece, The Divine Chariot Series, four eight-foot-tall bronzes, inspired by the writings of Avraham Abulafua a kabbalist mystic, poet, Rabbi, who lived in 13th century, Spain (whose writings Finkel has translated since the 1960s). The exhibition also consists of large-scale paintings, originally created in 1991-93 for the Stadtmuseum in Düsseldorf, Germany, handmade books, meditation pieces, and a temporary installation combining elements of earlier (1980) and more recent work.

 

Zimmer Children's Museum and youTHink proudly present show&tell: the Art of Language
April 26, 2009
June 12, 2009

This year the Zimmer Children's Museum and youTHink proudly present an outstanding and inspirational collection of artwork curated by Victor Raphael. The art of language features work by a number of JAI artists including:

Bill Aron, Pat Berger, Terry Braunstein, Joyce Dallal, Sam Erenberg, Carol Es, Bruria Finkel, Simone Gad, Laurie Gross, Bonita Helmer, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Channa Horwitz, Karen Koblitz, Kingsley, Marcie Kaufman, Judith Margolis, Elena Siff, Victor Raphael, Eugene Yelchin and Ruth Weisberg

The language of humor, body language, sign language all find a presence in show&tell. The artwork included here is whimsical, political, and some highly personal; show&tell: the art of language is truly full of heart. Proceeds from the sale of the art works will benefit the Zimmer Children's Museum's youTHink arts education programs in public schools. The exhibition is located in Bell Family Gallery at the Jewish Federation (6505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90048).

Preview Week & Pre-Sale: April 26-29 - to make an appointment call (323) 761-8141

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 30, 6 - 9 pm - RSVP required - zoe@zimmermuseum.org

Exhibit Closes: June 12, 2009

Free parking is available in the visitor's lot just west of the building.

Main info number: (323) 761-8989

youTHink info: (323) 761-8987

Zimmer Museum info: (323) 761-8141 

Judith Margolis: Countdown to Perfection-Meditations on the Sefirot at HUC-JIR/NY Museum
March 25, 2009
July 10, 2009

 

I am still counting. But when you, dear reader, see this, you will have finished, having safely arrived at Matan Torah.  Nonetheless, even if you meditated deeply each and every day, the fact is that we still need to count, and ponder the myriad paths of spiritual elevation that Hashem continues to offer us. If we could just become a bit more aware of them. Judith Margolis' Omer Counter, currently exhibited at Hebrew Union College Museum, offers a visual and textual guide into these riches.

This very special Omer counter is a limited edition book of 50 giclee (fine art digital) prints, hand-bound in such a way that every page can be individually displayed. Each page is numbered by the Hebrew date of counting and features an image by Judith Margolis with text that inspired them. The text is by Jerusalem-based teacher Sarah Yuhudit Schneider, and explores the seven lower emanations found in the Sefirot, from hesed to malkhut. In turn, each weekday is modified by one of these seven middot, setting up a creative tension between the fundamental aspect of the week and its daily modification. The result:  the written meditation and the images guide us through exercises in spiritual and ethical behavior, facilitating our deepening connection with G-d through the sefirot. Like all good art, these pages require study and contemplation in order to allow their fruits to ripen. It is a rewarding journey.

Let me count the ways

Margolis utilizes many different motifs to shape her meanings, deftly combining abstract compositions with figurative symbolic touches. Repeated throughout the 49 are images of hands, branches, rooted trees, fiery orbs and perhaps most evocatively, snakes. Each exudes a symbolic meaning that colors the daily sefirah designation and the accompanying daily kavanah. Day One is Hesed sh'b'Hesed and we see two open hands, equally expressing supplication and giving as they are cupping a Divine fire. The first meditation focuses on unconditional generosity, "the root of all 49 emotional states." This is the highest of the emanations, closest to the Divine and yet, only the beginning of our journey. 

Day Four, Netzah sh'b'Hesed depicts two hands in a poetic dance of "eternal giving" that feeds the soul. This notion of hesed, kindness and generosity, sets the tenor of our introspections. Still within the first week on Day Six we arrive at Yesod sh'b Hesed, uncovering the foundation upon which all our actions should rely. "Giving is the most potent gesture of imitating G-d. It links the Heavens with the Earth." Suddenly the two oblong circles of blue, just touching and incised with white, the waters above and the waters below, take on a monumental meaning. What we do down here affects the Divine. I must guard my action, my thoughts, and my intentions.

WITHOUT BEGINNING - WITHOUT END by Bonita Helmer and INNER OUTLINE by Carol Es
January 6, 2009
March 26, 2009

January 7th through March 27th at Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, UCLA Hillel, 3rd floor, 574 Hilgard Ave., LA 90024. 

Artist reception on Wednesday, February 18th from 7 - 9pm.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10am - 4pm. 

Artwork will be on display at both in Dortort Gallery and Spiegel Auditorium. Join Bonita Helmer and Rabbi Stephan Robbins, March 3, 7:30 - 9:30 pm in a discussion on references to Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah in her paintings.

Perla Karney, Artistic Director, (310) 208-3081 ext. 108

Parking is available for $9.00 at UCLA parking lot #2 located at Hilgard and Westholme.