JAI NEWS ///////// SEPTEMBER 2019 #2
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Dear JAI Members and Friends of JAI –

It is very exciting and gratifying to finally have the Jerusalem Biennale Invitation in hand ( see the Invitation below. ) Our JAI exhibition curator Sagi Refael is already in Jerusalem making all the final arrangements for our very handsome and thought provoking installation at Hechal Shlomo. We are very grateful for all that Sagi has done to bring to fruition the complex and ambitious JAI exhibition at this year’s Jerusalem Biennale. The exhibition opens on October 10th. Please share this invitation with your Israeli friends.

This year for the first time we have doubled our efforts and impact by mounting a very handsome complementary exhibition here in Los Angeles. The USC Hillel exhibition For Heaven’s Sake! opened on Sunday afternoon, September 8th to a very large and enthusiastic crowd. There was a welcoming ceremony where all of the artists present – more than half of the 27 artists represented – spoke about their work. This exhibition is open to all through October 20th.

I want to add a shout out to our member Avi Roth, who has contributed so much time and effort to JAI as a Board Member. Avi has now moved to Israel and will be much missed by all of us.

Wishing you all L’Shana Tova, a very sweet and fulfilling year to come.

Reliquary: An Ascent, by Doni Silver Simons, an installation and performance designed for the 2019 Jerusalem Biennale, is a fusion of created ritual - containment as sacred burial - punctuated by catharsis. This piece, inspired by an act of vandalism, addresses issues of violation, liberation and restoration – achieving reparation in the epilogue of the event. 
Performances will be at 8:30 and 9:30 pm on Oct. 10th at Hechel Shlomo Museum, Jerusalem. The installation and accompanying video will remain on view throughout the Biennale. 
JAI Artist Bill Aron has created a video entitled: A Song for the New Year
Wishing all my friends a joyous and reflective New YearBILL ARON

For Heaven’s Sake!
Exhibition Opening took place Sunday, September 8th at USC Hillel
The exhibition presents and elaborates on the various topics that will be further discussed in the Jerusalem exhibition, via artworks in different media. Both exhibitions revolve around issues of complex identity, Jewish heritage, family memories, social concerns and responsibility toward one's community, art and activism, conflict at borders, women's rights and feminism, ecological concerns and global warming, abuse of power and the importance of morality, and more...

USC Hillel Art Gallery

3300 South Hoover Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Exhibition continues thru October 20, 2019



Yossi Alpert-Apodaca  •  Melinda Smith Altshuler  •  Renee Amitai  •  Shula Singer Arbel  •  Bill Aron  •  Pat Berger  •  Sandy Bleifer  •  Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik  •  Ed Buttwinick  •  Jodi Bonassi  •  Ellen Cantor  •  Judy Dekel  •  Susan Gesundheit  •  Zhenya Gershman  •  Nancy Goodman Lawrence  •  Barry Gordon  •  Roger Gordon  •  Betty Green  •  Gilah Yelin Hirsch  •  Eva Hyam  •  Rachelle Mark  •  Randi Matushevitz  •  Marleene Rubinstein  •  Debra Sokolow  •  Ruth Weisberg  •  Jana Zimmer  •  Marlene Zimmerman
Ruth Weisberg, President, JAI and Sagi Refael, Curator of JAI's 2019 Jerusalem Biennale project

Zhenya Gershman’s solo show of paintings inspired by one of the earliest surviving books on Jewish mysticism, the Sefer Yetzirah, known as The Book of Creation, to go on display September 28th in the Hansell Gallery and Auditorium at PRS.
GRAVEN IMAGE by Zhenya Gershman  •  Opening Reception – RSVP

Saturday, September 28, 2019  •  5-7 p.m.
3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles  90027

Exhibit runs October 1 – November 16, 2019
Free admission
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment


bG Gallery
Bergamot Station #2
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica,  CA  90404

September 21 - October 15, 2019

Gallery hours Tuesday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
From: Sagi Refael

Dear friends and fans of Israeli Art, 

I am excited to announce that enrollment has begun for my new seminar Introduction to Israeli Art: Past, Present, Future.  I will be teaching this course at the American Jewish University (AJU) in Bel Air, October 28 – December 16, 2019, on Mondays from 12-2 PM.

In a series of eight lectures, we will explore the history of Israeli art, since its origins of emergence in the late 19th century to the present day.  Together, we will discuss how Israeli artists have approached themes of Landscape, Heroism, the Holocaust, Ethnicity, Gender Identity, and Otherness, from both traditional and progressive viewpoints.  By examining thought-provoking visuals, my seminar will engage a wider audience to reflect on Israeli art in the context of its history, society, and culture.

Please tell your family and friends, we’re going to have lots of fun!
If you would like a list of the lectures or have any questions, feel free to email me back! :-)
Best wishes, Sagi

Curator and Art Advisor
Los Angeles-Tel Aviv
Congratulations to Yaron Dotan  •  JAI's Featured Artist of the Month / September

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