Joyce Carol Oates, Kenneth E. Silver & More Featured in November Programs at Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum's extensive program offerings in November will include celebrated author Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with NPR book critic Alan Cheuse; an interactive performance conceived by innovative fashion collective threeASFOUR; artists Amy Sillman and Peter Doig in discussion about contemporary painting issues, and a lecture on Marc Chagall by noted scholar Kenneth E. Silver. These programs continue The Jewish Museum's expanded fall series of lectures, conversations and events.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE - NOVEMBER 2013
Performance: Fest (Part of Performa 13)
Sunday, November 10, 6pm
This interactive performance conceived by innovative fashion collective threeASFOUR - Gabriel Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser - combines avant-garde fashion and ancient bread-breaking rituals. This event features three female performers wearing couture dresses of bread baked in shapes of the five Platonic solids. The performers will stand in the center of a five-pointed star surrounded by geometric vessels, each containing a spice representing one of the five classical elements: fire, earth, air, ether, and water. Audience members will be invited to perform a ritual hand washing before breaking bread off the dresses and dipping it in spices. This event is presented as part of Performa 13, the only biennial dedicated to new visual art performance across disciplines. Fest is designed in collaboration with culinary curator Naama Shefi, Studio Christian Wassmann, Oliver Halsman Rosenberg, Bradley Rothenberg, and Breads Bakery, and has been conceived in relation to to the exhibition, threeASFOUR: MER KA BA. Fest is presented by The Jewish Museum and Art Production Fund.
The multimedia installation threeASFOUR: MER KA BA by the adventurous fashion collective threeASFOUR fuses avant-garde couture, architecture, and video projections. Blending ancient symbols with new technologies to evoke a timeless desire for cross-cultural unity, the exhibition includes examples from threeASFOUR's new spring-summer 2014 collection, featuring 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg. The clothing line and its environment are inspired by sacred geometry and tile patterns found in synagogues, churches, and mosques around the world. threeASFOUR: MER KA BA is presented by The Jewish Museum and Art Production Fund, and is on view through February 2, 2014.
Free - reservations are required
Lecture: Kenneth E. Silver
Salo W. Baron Program
Tuesday, November 12, 11:30am
Kenneth E. Silver will give a lecture discussing Marc Chagall as a key figure operating between the Jewish and Christian worlds of his Russian roots, with an emphasis on Chagall's many paintings of Jesus Christ. This talk will elaborate on topics discussed in Dr. Silver's Chagall: Love, War, and Exile exhibition catalogue essay "Fluid Chaos Felt by the Soul: Chagall, Jews, and Jesus."
Kenneth E. Silver is Professor of Art History at New York University, where he lectures on French and American 20th-century art.
The Jewish Museum is presenting Chagall: Love, War, and Exile which, for the first time in the U.S., explores a significant but neglected period in the artist's career, from the rise of fascism in the 1930s through 1948, years spent in Paris and then in exile in New York. Beginning with the evocative paintings from his years in France, Chagall: Love, War, and Exile illuminates an artist deeply responsive to the suffering inflicted by war and to his own personal losses and concerns. Although he never abandoned a poetic sensibility, his art of the 1930s and 1940s reflects the political reality of the time. Most unexpected is the recurring appearance of the figure of the crucified Jesus as a metaphor for war, Jewish suffering and persecution. By the mid-1940s, Chagall returns to joyful, colorful compositions expressing the power of love. The exhibition is on view through February 2, 2014.
Tickets: $15 adults; $12 students/seniors; $10 Jewish Museum members
The Salo W. Baron Program has been endowed by the Trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation
Joyce Carol Oates in Conversation with Alan Cheuse
Thursday, November 14, 7:30pm