I recently had the pleasure of checking out the new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in NYC called Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life (September 13, 2009 – February 07, 2010). The exhibit was extremely engaging, especially for someone who is exploring the role of Judaism in their life, and with that, the role of rituals and objects related to Judaism, in an unconventional or new way. Reinventing Ritual explores the new ideas about rituals, art, and objects that have bubbled to the surface since the mid-1990′s through the perspectives of a wide range of artists. The works on display were all created between 1999 and 2009 and cover industrial design, architecture, video, drawing, metalwork, jewelry, ceramics, comics, sculpture, textiles, and installation art. Each work fits into one of the four themes of the exhibit: Covering, Thinking, Absorbing, and Building.
After the Jewish Museum in NYC, the exhibit will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (April 22 to September 28, 2010).
Can’t get to the Jewish Museum of the Contemporary Jewish Museum? Check out the book of the same title, published by Yale University Press here.
For more information about the exhibit, visit the Jewish Museum’s website here.
For more information about the book, visit Yale University Press’ website here.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.