In anticipation of the Jewish High Holy Days, the Gallery at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel is excited to present “L’dor V’dor: New Visions of Judaica.”
Using a variety of techniques, methodologies and interpretations, four acclaimed New Jersey contemporary artists retell the story of the Jewish people: Gerard Amsellem, Aliza Augustine, Rachel Kanter, and Leslie Nobler. All four artists link their art to their personal commitment to Judaism with a modern reinterpretation of who we are, what we value and how we shape the future.
Through scale and reflection, Gerard Amsellem’s Memory-Mezuzoth offers protection to all, whether crossing the threshold into our homes or going outside into the world. The project also memorializes those who have passed from the artist’s life, but embraces their memory as inspiration.
In Daughters of Holocaust Survivors, the photography of Aliza Augustine confronts the darkest chapter of Judaism, remembering and honoring the children of survivors while projecting a defiant but cautionary tone.
Rachel Kanter’s sculptures, Community Wimple, I Immersion: Loss, and Ritual Clothing repurpose vintage ceremonial clothing such as tallit or kitchen aprons of past generations into new objects, enriched by our customs and household traditions.
Leslie Nobler’s collaged and gently stitched portraits highlight the unique role of women in our families. These pictures transcend the seeming simplicity of their elements by the artist’s reverence for her chosen subjects.
The exhibit opens on September 4, 2023 and can be viewed Monday through Friday, 9am until 5pm. The exhibit will close in February 2024.
For more information on “L’dor V’dor: New Visions of Judaica,” visit: https://tsti.org/connect/the-gallery-at-tsti.
Created and curated by passionate temple members who work in and around the art world, the Gallery at TSTI aims to bring the visual arts into TSTI in a more deliberate way. It provides a platform for artists to share their works and facilitates a dialogue between artists and art enthusiasts who would like to find out more about the visual art creative process.