Exhibitions 2011

Exhibitions Archive

JAI Artist Erella Teitler – Sacred Places of the Heart: Group Exhibition
November 21, 2011
December 23, 2011


The Slutzky Art Gallery at the Merage JCC 


Sacred Places of the Heart: Group Exhibition


JAI Artist Erella Teitler, Diane Karpel, Andrea Raft, Toby Salkin


November 21 – December 23, 2011


We are four women from the same generation emotionally connected to our Jewish
heritage in distinctly unique and powerful ways. The connections spring from
different sources yet we share the pride of Jewish cultural exploration.

We are living in a time of heightenedreligious awareness
and our being Jewish is so much a part of who we are.


Jewish Ritual: Rethinking, Renewed • Artists Reception at HUC - Jewish Institute of Religion
November 16, 2011
November 17, 2011

Simone Gad • Nov./Dec. • Paintings @CI-CSU • Cats & Pinups @Track 16, Bergamont Station
November 10, 2011
December 16, 2011


Ilan Laks: Galactic Infinity Paintings • Opening Reception, October 26th
October 26, 2011
October 26, 2011


Eugene Yelchin @the Wende Museum: Breaking Stalin's Nose
October 21, 2011
October 21, 2011

Celebrating Pacific Standard Time: 1945-1980 at the Galleries of American Jewish University
October 16, 2011
February 3, 2012



Featuring the work of four JAI member artists: Pat Berger, Max Finkelstein, Baila Goldenthal, Ruth Weisberg

Curated by JAI members Elizabeth Bloom and Elaine Levin

From Lead into Gold: The World of Victor Raphael
September 22, 2011
December 4, 2011



Growing up in the days of the emerging Space Age, Victor Raphael dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

Eventually realizing the odds were against him, he focused on exploring and interpreting the cosmos through art.

During the past 30 years, Raphael has created a body of work that combines art and technology. He merges traditional media such as painting, photography, and printmaking with modern electronic media, including video, digital printing and CD-ROM to create images that go beyond conventional views of time and space.
A retrospective of his work, From Lead into Gold: The World of Victor Raphael, organized by Barbara Hitchcock, the former Director, Cultural Affairs and Curator, The Polaroid Collections, is featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum September 22 through December 4.
An opening reception is September 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
A gallery talk with Raphael is September 23, 7 p.m at the Griffin Museum.


Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn | including works by Simone Gad and Doni Silver Simons
September 10, 2011
November 1, 2011


 Mysterious Objects: Portraits of Joan Quinn 
September 12 - November 1
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
This exciting one-of-a-kind exhibition presents portraits of Los Angeles art collector Joan Quinn
by well-known artists Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Ed Moses, Robert Mapplethorpe and others -
including JAI artists Simone Gad and Doni Silver Simons.


Jewish Ritual Renewed/Re-Imagined | including work by Doni Silver Simons
September 1, 2011
December 31, 2011



Jewish Ritual Renewed/Re-Imagined @ Hebrew Union College, LA Campus

September - December 2011 


including work by Doni Silver Simons

The World is a Room • Marcie Kaufman and Will Deutsch
August 15, 2011
November 10, 2011



At USC Hillel - 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles • Parking available at Hebrew Union College - 3077 University Ave.


Doni Silver Simons • Chain Letter @Shoshana Wayne Gallery
July 23, 2011
August 25, 2011
Karen Frimkess Wolff • LONG JOURNEYS
June 27, 2011
August 15, 2011



LONG JOURNEYS is now installed at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach.

Opening reception is Sunday, July 3rd, 2-4 p.m.  We would be so happy to see you if you can make your way to Long Beach on this holiday weekend.  

The show runs from June 27 - August 15th

Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday - Sunday 9 a.m. - 7p.m.


The Pauline & Zena Gatov Gallery at the Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center

23801 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

(562) 426-7601        



Judith Margolis • Diverted Destruction 4
June 18, 2011
September 6, 2011


Hailing from Jerusalem, Judith Margolis finds the nexus point between the political and the spiritual. Her work is a combined influence of German expressionist figuration, color field expressionism and surrealism/Dadaism.

Margolis’ view of life as an unpredictable prankster event results in variations of a three dimensional boxed collage called “the Game of Life” which is, in fact, a playable game with rules.

Throughout the duration of the exhibit the artist will set up a studio space in The Loft at Liz’s Projects Room to create new work. In order to maximize viewer participation, she will incorporate into the art, interactions with visitors to the gallery, who are invited to submit their own found images and suggestions for text.  

Judith Margolis’s work is in the Diverted Destruction 4 show at:

The Loft at Liz’s

453 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 939-4403

Through September 6

The artist will be in residence three days a week, Tue/Wed/Thurs from 11am to 3pm.

On August 16, at 7:00 pm, Judith will give a lecture and lead an interactive discussion, where she’ll incite even further collaboration. The talk will also be streamed live here. It’s a continuation of Judith’s commitment to making art in a world where creativity itself is often perceived as a foreign object.


Beth Bachenheimer • Nela Second Saturday Art Walk
June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011



Nela Second Saturday Art Walk • June 11, 2011


Opening Reception at MorYork Gallery

4959 York Blvd., Highland Park, CA  90042

7 - 10:00 p.m.


Robert Heintz

Beth Bachenheimer

Rhonda Heintz

Victoria Roberts


moryork.blogspot.com | nelaart.com


Simone Gad & Visions of Highland Park
June 11, 2011
July 3, 2011



 JAI artist Simone Gad is a member of the group show: Visions of Highland Park


Exhibition Dates:  June 11 through July 3, 2011


@the Annex, Avenue 50 Studio, Inc.

131 North Avenue 50

Highland Park, CA  90042







Transformations: A Collaboration Between Bill Aron and Victor Raphael • Oregon Jewish Museum
June 2, 2011
September 4, 2011





Transformations – A Collaboration Between JAI artists Bill Aron and Victor Raphael is a wonderfully inventive set of artworks that takes familiar landscapes in the United States and Israel and creates something completely new with them.

Bill Aron is a photographer who focuses on Jewish communities. Victor Raphael works with an eclectic range of media, from the ancient medium of gold leafing to digital art. Their work together involves Raphael's subtle use of leafing as a way to alter Aron's photographs.

Raphael brings out entirely new dimensions of Aron's pictures by applying gold, copper and silver leaf over certain areas of the photographs, and building up the color saturation of selected elements. Their collaboration opens the photographs up to new interpretations and illuminates Jewish life in a unique way.

To create the pieces in the exhibit, these longtime friends revisited Aron's body of work spanning his prolific forty-year career. Together they selected photographs taken in Israel, New York, Los Angeles, and Mississippi. Raphael then applied metal and gold leaf to select areas of the prints'surfaces. As a result of Raphael's enhancements, the people, shadows, walls, and windows captured in Aron's photographs are infused with light.  

Generous support of the exhibit provided by the Regional Arts and Culture Council



This process earned Raphael critical acclaim in his solo body of work, The Heavens Spread Out Like a Prayer Shawl where he applies metal-leaf to a series of Polaroid images of NASA footage of outer space. Twelve Poloroids from this series will be on view.

He began the process by creating a digital movie from NASA images. He then took Polaroid shots of the movie and added the enhancements of gold and metal leaf to the surface of the Polaroids. The digital movie will accompany Raphael’s images.

The artist applies sophisticated technology to images of stars, novas, and galaxies to produce work at the intersection of the scientific and the spiritual. Light, space and time have been continual themes in Raphael’s work, which is inspired by the study of the Jewish mystical tradition of Kaballah. 


Oregon Jewish Museum



Doni Silver Simons • It's About Time...
May 9, 2011
June 18, 2011





It's about time... spans four years of the artist's work from 2006 to 2010, including a number of pieces that explore the concept of time through the lens of the Omer - a seven week period of personal refinement in the Jewish calendar that occurs between Passover and Shavuot. Observant Jews mark each night of the Omer by counting.

 The paintings and sculpture on view reflect Silver Simons' signature markings. "I am a mark maker and have always seen myself as such. In this work I explore time, its accretion, its dissolution, the role of memory, and my relationships in the world as experienced through a time-based perspective," she notes. It's about time... invites the viewer to contemplate these issues directly and indirectly, and to connect personal insights to broader societal considerations.


Slutzky Art Gallery at the Merage Jewish Community Center

1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603   949/435-3400   www.jccoc.org


Additional images of It's about time... are available upon request.

Contact: Alexandra Pollyea   310 722-5826   alexandra@intentionalpr.com



GETTING IT TOGETHER • Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery and The Borstein Gallery
May 8, 2011
August 14, 2011



15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA  90077 | Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.



Soraya Sarah Nazarian | Strength Revealed: A 25 Year Retrospective
March 24, 2011
April 24, 2011


Stas Orlovski: House and Garden @Mixed Greens, NYC
March 24, 2011
April 23, 2011




Mixed Greens is thrilled to present Los Angeles-based artist Stas Orlovski’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. For House and Garden he will present a new series of paintings that collapse the division between interior and exterior space. For Orlovski, this setting is where disparate histories, events, dreams and desires collide.


Carol Goldmark: Solo Exhibition
March 1, 2011
April 22, 2011


Victor Raphael • SciArt 2011 at the KITP, Santa Barbara
February 16, 2011
November 4, 2011




"...L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you..."
January 12, 2011
May 31, 2011


"...L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you..."  



Featured Artists: Pat Berger, Jean Edelstein, Susan Gesundheit, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Debra Sokolow, Eugene Yelchin and Harriet Zeitlin


Hebrew Union College-JIR/LA, 3077 University Ave., Los Angeles 

Reception: March 2, 2011 • 7:00 - 9:00 pm


7:30 pm – Remarks Honoring Debbie Friedman z"l and Conversation with Featured Artists

RSVP: (213) 765-2106 or dsauerwald@huc.edu 


Curator: Anne Hromadka, Program Director, JAI 


The exhibition entitled, "...L'chi lach, on your journey I will bless you..." was organized by the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California, in partnership with the Enhancement Committee of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles.

The theme, selected in the fall of 2010, is based upon the third line in the lyrics of "L'CHI LACH" composed by Debbie Friedman and Savina Teubal.  With the passing of Debbie Friedman on Sunday, January 9, 2011, we hope that this exhibition will offer an opportunity to reflect on Debbie's journey and our own journeys, as we seek comfort in our loss as a community. To read more click here. 

January 10, 2011
February 27, 2011




January 10 through February 28, 2011


SANTA ANA, Calif. – A collection of paintings by artist Carol Goldmark is being featured at John Wayne Airport (JWA) as part of the Community Focus Space program, accessible for viewing by both the traveling and non-traveling public through February 28, 2011. 

The majority of Goldmark’s works portray flowers and other themes surrounding the fleeting nature of flowering plants. “To me, flowers have become a metaphor for the life process,” said Goldmark. “Using only live flowers, which are constantly changing as I work, I draw them in all stages, from bud and bloom to decay and disintegration, and see therein a mirror image of myself and of the world around me.”

Goldmark’s works will be displayed in the departure (upper) level near the security screening areas and on the arrival (lower) level near baggage carousels 1 and 4 and are accessible for viewing by the general public.


Illuminated Reflections: A Bill Aron and Victor Raphael Collaboration
January 4, 2011
May 8, 2011



Skirball Cultural Center presents

Illuminated Reflections: A Bill Aron and Victor Raphael Collaboration


January 4 – May 8, 2011

Artists’ talk scheduled for Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m.


2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049 


Illuminated Reflections: A Bill Aron and Victor Raphael Collaboration, featuring metal- and gold-leafed photographs by the Los Angeles–based artists, will be on display at the Skirball Cultural Center from January 4 through May 8, 2011. The exhibition portrays diverse Jewish communities around the world in images taken over four decades by photographer Bill Aron (b. 1941) and transformed by multimedia artist Victor Raphael (b. 1950) through his signature use of metal and gold leaf. Drawing upon the ancient medium of leafing, the illuminated manuscript tradition, as well as innovations in contemporary digital photography, the collaborative works open the photographs up to new interpretations and illuminate Jewish life in a novel way. Admission to Illuminated Reflections is free.


To add context to Illuminated Reflections, Bill Aron and Victor Raphael will speak about their creative partnership and the works on view in an artists’ talk scheduled for Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. Their discussion will be moderated by the exhibition’scurator, Marcie Kaufman, Associate Curator at the Skirball. Admission to the artists’ talk will be free.