"Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life" Exhibition

The Jewish Museum

poster for "Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life" Exhibition

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Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life surveys the explosion of new Jewish rituals, art, and objects that has occurred since the mid-1990s. This period is defined by the urge to discover beauty and meaning in first premises--the roots and ruptures--when ritual could be radical. This attitude of innovation is shared by a wide range of artists inclusive of generation, nationality, and religion. Contemporary artists and designers focus on Judaism as a lived experience by transforming the physical acts of ritual into new forms.

Outstanding works of industrial design, metalwork, ceramics, video, drawing, comics, sculpture, installation, and textiles from Europe, Israel, and North America reveal the diversity within Judaism. The exhibition will present works in thematic groups and environments that suggest the spaces and situations in which ritual is performed.

[Image: Studio Armadillo: Hadas Kruk (Israeli, b. 1970) and Anat Stein (Israeli, b. 1972) Hevruta-Mituta (2007) Plastic chess board and thirty-two knitted skullcaps 2 1/4 x 25 x 25 in. Courtesy of the artists, Tel Aviv]


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