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A Portrait of Strength and Dignity: Michal Chelbin... Read More

For our Women’s History Month series, Curatorial Assistant Hannah Braun discusses a portrait by Israeli photographer Michal Chelbin in the Jewish Museum collection.

Michal Chelbin, Alicia, 2005. Chromogenic color print mounted on board. 36 7/16 × 36 7/16 in. Purchase: Gift of Nathan and Jacqueline Goldman, by exchange and Photography Acquisitions Committee Fund. 2009–8

The brilliant bold blue-green of the car in which Alicia sits immediately attracts the eye. She sits in the backseat of a vintage car, wearing — from what we can glimpse — a highly embellished and ruffled tulle costume. Her dark eyes and stoic facial expression captures us, and we become intent to uncover and understand the story being told by her stare. Alicia’s gaze appears to be filled with adult maturity: she is poised and emotionless. And yet her delicate facial features remind us that she is a young girl. Alicia’s father sits in the driver’s seat of the car. Seen in profile looking out the front window, the father’s sideways glance presumes he is looking outward, yet keeping a close watch on his daughter.

Alicia (2005) is a photograph of a young Ukrainian gymnast by one of my favorite contemporary Israeli women photographers, Michal Chelbin, on view now in the Jewish Museum exhibition Scenes from the Collection.

The photograph is part of the series “Strangely Familiar,” portraits of young performers that capture the fleeting innocence of childhood at odds with burgeoning adulthood, as well as the rigidity and discipline required by athletics, gymnastics, or ballet. Chelbin has stated that she has used the works in this series to probe the “space between the odd and the ordinary.”

What makes Chelbin’s work so hauntingly beautiful to me is the way she transfixes her viewers through the piercing stares of her subjects. Her photographs invite a curiosity that cannot help but be tainted with voyeuristic tendencies. Although Chelbin admits to staging her subjects and the situations in which they are placed, the artist reveals little else of her artistic or creative process. Despite the multiplicity of ways we may view Chelbin’s photographs, the artist always evokes the inner strength of her subjects, and imbues each, particularly her female protagonists, with tremendous dignity.

My love of Chelbin’s work was catalyzed by an internship at a gallery dedicated to Israeli photography. However, it is because of my Russian-born-Israeli-raised father that my connection to Chelbin’s photographs and subjects grew. Painting vivid pictures to me of his childhood in Israel, my father described a mischievous boyhood filled with playing in the garden of the Kibbutz with his cousins, seeing Yiddish films with his mother at the local movie theater, and growing up under the warmth of the Middle Eastern sun. Despite the joys of his childhood, I cannot help but to see a lot of my father in Chelbin’s photographs. Born not long after the close of World War II, he grew up in a household filled with worry and fear, a residual and seemingly never ending state of existence bestowed upon European Jews living in the post-war era.

As an immigrant to the United States, my father maintained many of his European-Middle Eastern ways; however, he was stalwart in his goals to have his own children break the cycle of the fearful hiding of one’s true self. It is my father who fostered within me my love of art. He always encouraged me to choose my own path, to find my own inner strength, and to derive a boundless sense of pride in both my womanhood and my Judeo-European identity. It is this sense of longing, uncertainty, and hopefulness for the future that I see in Chelbin’s photography, and which continues to drive my interest in her art.

I am filled with a great sense of pride, having the opportunity to participate in the Jewish Museum’s Women’s History Month series. Following the opening of Scenes from the Collection, the work of women artists, working across media, are prominently displayed in our galleries. Working at the Jewish Museum has given me an invaluable platform to write about, research, and teach others about the work of Jewish women artists, both within and outside of the Jewish Museum collection.

— Hannah Braun, Curatorial Assistant

Throughout the month of March, follow #5WomenArtists to discover more work by women artists or explore women artists in Jewish Museum collection online.

A Portrait of Strength and Dignity: Michal Chelbin in the Jewish Museum Collection was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

A List of Every Woman Artist Exhibited at... Read More

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we revisit Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, the Jewish Museum’s 2010 exhibition that explored the origins and impact of feminism on contemporary painting from the 1960s to today, and produced a list of every woman artist exhibited at the Museum since 1947.

Miriam Schapiro, Fanfare, 1958. Oil on canvas. 72 × 84 in. (182.9 × 213.4 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York.
“A feminist believes that women have the right to be seen as philosophers and leaders, and should be treated as having the same potential as men.” — Miriam Schapiro

Today is International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and artistic achievement of women. In 2010, the Jewish Museum presented Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, an exhibition exploring the origins and impact of feminism on contemporary painting from the 1960s to early 2000s, featuring key figures in feminist art such as Eva Hesse, Joan Snyder, Deborah Kass, and Miriam Schapiro, whose work generated new ideas and challenged old ones. Shifting the Gaze offered a counterpoint to an art world dominated by men to encompass women’s history, experience, and material culture.

Installation view of the exhibition Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism at the Jewish Museum, 2010.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Jewish Museum published a comprehensive record of all women artists included in exhibitions at the Museum since 1947, when the Museum moved to its current location inside the Warburg Mansion on 1109 Fifth Avenue. The project considered the pervasive underrepresentation of women artists in American museums during the twentieth century, and documents the Jewish Museum’s history of integrating work by women into its collections and exhibitions.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we revisit the original list of 550 women artists, and expanded it into the year 2018 — now including 690.

The list also features artists in the Jewish Museum collection on view now in Scenes from the Collection: Chantal Akerman, ruby onyinyechi amanze, Theresa Bernstein, Ilse Bing, Michal Chelbin, Nicole Eisenman, Claire Fontaine, Dana Frankfort, Nan Goldin, Judy Glickman Lauder, Eva Hesse, Candida Höfer, Deborah Kass, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Amy Klein Reichert, Ellen Rosenberg, Joan Semmel, Arlene Shechet, Joan Snyder, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Spero, Grete Stern, Hannah Wilke, and Hilda Zadikow. Plus, an installation in the Jewish Museum lobby by Math Bass.

Celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by sharing your 5 favorite artists with #5WomenArtists on social media.

Learn more about works by women artists in the Jewish Museum collection online and join us to improve the representation of women artists on Wikipedia at our Wikipedia Edit-a-thonfeaturing artist talks with Joan Semmel and Arlene Shechet — this Sunday, March 11, 2–6 pm.

Women Artists Exhibited at the Jewish Museum, 1947 — 2018

Berenice Abbott
Ayisha Abraham
Talila Abraham
Danielle Abrams
Carla Accardi
Myril Adler
Sylvia Agron
Kelly Akashi
Chantal Akerman
Nevin Aladağ
Martha Alber
Anni Albers
Edith Altman
ruby onyinyechi amanze
Olga de Amaral
Cheselyn Amato
Emmy Andriesse
Rifka Angel
Margit Anna
Eleanor Antin
Evelyn Applebaum
Ida Applebroog
Diane Arbus
Mor Arkadir
Gertrud Arndt
Elise Asher
Oreet Ashery
Lucy Ashjian
Marta Astfalck-Vietz
Martha Atienza
Aliza Auerbach
Ellen Auerbach
Sarah Auslander
Alice Austen
Lynne Avadenka
Bruria Avidan
Dana Awartani
Irene Awret
Alice Aycock
Helene Aylon
Grete Back
Tina Barney
Hannelore Baron
Yael Bartana
Math Bass
Mandolina Bassan
Hester Bateman
Mary Bauermeister
Erica Baum
Anna Baumgart
Irene Bayer
Jessie Tarbox Beals
Hana Bechar-Paneth
Martha Beers
Lotte Beese
Cara Benedetto
Anca Benera
Francisca Benitez
Meriem Bennani
Marie-Guillelmine Benoi
Ella Bergmann-Michel
Harriete Estel Berman
Leola Bermanzohn
Sarah Bernhardt
Theresa Bernstein
Linda Berris
Bek Berta
Mariette Bevington
Aenne Biermann
Ilse Bing
Dara Birnbaum
Dana Bishop-Root
Naomi Bitter
Bette Blank
Tina Blau
Alina Bliumis
Gay Block
Barbara Bloom
Irena Bluhova
Yuli Blumberg
Dorothy Boles
Milena Bonilla
Maria Bonomi
Lee Bontecou
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Christine Borland
Gloria Bornstein
Paloma Bosquê
Irina Botea
Katt Both
Margaret Bourke-White
Andrea Bowers
Kitty Brandfield
Stephanie Brandl
Marianne Brandt
Karolina Breguła
Marianne Breslauer
Johanna Bresnick
Beverly Brodsky
Jessica Bronson
Romaine Brooks
Judith Brown
Trude Bruck
Fatma Bucak
Nancy Bulkeley
Angela Bulloch
Charlotte Buresova
Suse Byk
Sophie Calle
Hannah Senigallia Camerina
Tania Candiani
Alexis Canter
Sylvia Carew
Rina Castelnuovo
Laura Kronenberg [Cavastani]
Michal Chelbin
Zoya Cherkassky
Vivian Cherry
Judy Chicago
Iris Buchholz Chocolate
Chunghi Choo
Minna Wright Citron
Lygia Clark
Maxi Cohen
Miriam [Cohen]
Sarah Cohen
Leonora Colorni
Mariana Cook
Ann Cooper
Lucille Corcos
Violette Cornelius
Sarah Crowner
Karin Daan
Sharon Samish Dagan
Matta Damisch
Dina Dar
Janet Dash
Nurit David
Janet de Coux
Elaine de Kooning
Niki de Saint Phalle
Dorothy Dehner
Sonia Delaunay
Agnes Denes
Brigitte Denninghof-Meier
Wijnanda Deroo
Irma Diaz
Friedl Dicker-Brandeis
Rineke Dijkstra
Michele Oka Doner
Angela Donhauser
Lucy Douglas
Cobie Douma
Rosalyn Drexler
Lu Duble
Minya Duhrkoop
Mary Dujardin
Lucy Durand-Sikes
Anna Edelman
Maria Eichhorn
Nicole Eisenman
Marie-Louise Ekman
Lillian Elliott
Julia Emmerich
Haris Epaminonda
Eshrat Erfanian
Elizabeth Erlanger
Lotte Erre
Noemí Escandell
Marisol [Escobar]
Noa Eshkol
Betty Esman
Emmy Falck Ettlinger
Tamar Ettun
Tirtza Even
Brenda Fajardo
Shirley Faktor
Joan Farrar
Sarah Feifelowitz
Teresita Fernandez
Julia Feyrer
Belle Judith [Finzi]
Laura [Finzi]
Louise Fishman
Audrey Flack
Elle Flanders
Ruth Florsheim
Honorata [Foa]
Jean Follett
Hanna Fonk
Claire Fontaine
Christina Forrer
Barbro Forslund
Mary Frank
Elsa Franke
Helen Frankenthaler
Dana Frankfort
Andrea Fraser
Jill Freedman
Gisele Freund
Alona Friedberg
Liebe Gross Friedman
Roberta Friedman
Salomea Fuchs [Rakower]
Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller
Elaine Galen
Audrey Hemenway Garfinkel
Hana Geber
Esther Gentle
Helen Gerardia
Rimma Gerlovina
Valeska Gert
Ruth Gikow
Pesi Girsch
Sharon Glazberg
Judy Glickman Lauder
Lyn Godley
Judy Goldhill
Nan Goldin
Gego [Gertrude Goldschmidt]
Lotte Goldstern-Fuchs
Hadassa Goldvicht
Gabrielle Goliath
Ina Golub
Natalia Goncharova
Yanelvis González
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Arlene Gottfried
Deborah Grant
Rachel Gratz [Etting]
Marlene Graucher-Peters
Nancy Graves
Gertrude Greene
Lauren Greenfield
Marion Greenstone
Hazel Greenwald
Mila Tanya Griebel
Lori Grinker
Laura Grisi
Debbie Grossman
Silvia Gruner
Judith Guetta
Tamar Guimarães
Galia Gur-Zeev
Lena Gurr
Alice Gutmann
Rosalie Gwathmey
Sara Haid
Alice Halicka
Lida K. Hall
Esther Hammerman
Carol Hamoy
Phyllis Handler
Minna Harkavy
Margaret Harrison
Grace Hartigan
Kirsten Hassenfeld
Barbara Rose Haum
Elisabeth Heddenhausen
Michal Heiman
Florence Henri
Anna Ruth Henriques
Carry Hess
Nini Hess
Eva Hesse
June Hildebrand
Susan Hiller
Tali Hinkis
Hannah Hoch
Candida Höfer
Malvina Hoffman
Helene Hourmat
Bernece Hunter
Nadira Husain
Alice Hutchins
Dafna Ichilov
Caroline Innis
Sheila Isham
Sheri su Izumi
Lotte Jacobi
Ruth Jacoby
Edith Jaffe
May Janko
Voluspa Jarpa
Ruth Jeffrey
Koo Jeong A
Hao Jingban
Chantal Joffe
Elizabeth Judah
Grethe Jurgens
Karen Kaeja
Anna Kagan
Frida Kahlo
Luise Kaish
Gritt Kallin
Dora Kallmus [Madame d’Ora]
Maira Kalman
Consuelo Kanaga
Yael Kanarek
Rachel Kanter
Razel Kapustin
Gülsün Karamustafa
Mariska Karasz
Ruth Karkovius
Deborah Kass
Hilda Katz
Lila Katzen
Louise Kayser
Mary Reid Kelley
Janis Kent
Tali Keren
Ekaterina Ketsbaia
Liliane Klapisch
Amy Klein Reichert
Vera Klement
Clara Klinghoffer
Alison Knowles
Nora Kochav
Rachel Kohn
Broncia Koller-Pinell
Kathe Kollwitz
Vivienne Koorland
Beryl Korot
Tamara Kostianovsky
Joyce Kozloff
Helen Kroll Kramer
Lee Krasner
Annelise Kretschmer
Hadas Kruk
Germaine Krull
Elke Krystufek
Shigeko Kubota
Salomé Lamas
Luisa Lambri
Sigalit Landau
Dorothea Lange
Leora Laor
Sarah Jane Lapp
Else Lasker-Schuler
Betsy B. Lathrop
Gillian Laub
Marie Laurencin
Ann Leaf
Sarah Lebedeva
Nikki S. Lee
Anne Lehman
Lynn Leland
Erna Lendvai-Dircksen
Gerda Leo
Rebecca Lepkoff
Ora Lerman
Heleen Levano
Merilu Levin
Helen Levitt
Alice Lex-Nerlinger
Miriam Lieber
Rhonda Lieberman
Sharone Lifschitz
Lea Lilienblum
Hila Lulu Lin
Beth Lipman
Bathia Lishansky
Ariane Littman-Cohen
Sharon Lockhart
Eleanore Lockspeiser
Jane Logemann
Sharon Louden
Kathe Lowenthal
Lee Lozano
Esther Lurie
Hannah [Luzzatto]
Alice Mackler
Antonietta Raphael Mafai
Jeanne Mammen
Frances Manacher
Elli Marcus
Aviva Margalit
Mary Ellen Mark
Angelika Markul
Agnes Martin
Adriana Martinez
Maria Martinez-Canas
Phyllis Dearborn Massar
Tina Matkovic
Tal Matzliah
Fanny Mazel
Anja Medved
Birgit Megerle
Else Meidner
Marit Meisler
Dina Melicow
Mildred Mermin
Simha [Meshullami]
Angelica Mesiti
Melissa Meyer
Sonia Handelman Meyer
Alix Mikesell
Beatriz Milhazes
Sue Miller
Joan Mitchell
Etel Mittag-Fodor
Ann Mittleman
Aiko Miyawaki
Elisabeth Model
Lisette Model
Rahel Modigliani
Lucia Moholy
Paola Levi Montalcini
Diana Montero
Ruth Morley
Aenne Mosbacher
Rachel Moses
Sheila Moss
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Gabriele Munter
Brigitte NaHoN
Beverly Naidus
Lisette Nathan
Gertrud Natzler
Adi Nes
Rivane Neuenschwander
Louise Nevelson
Nurit Newman
Ruth Nickerson
Lea Nikel
Catherine Noren
Susan Norrie
Lorie Novak
Leticia Obeid
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Halina Olomucki
Yoko Ono
Mary Oppen
Kristin Oppenheim
Limor Orenstein
Elsie Orfuss
Ruth Orkin
Chana Orloff
Li Osborne
Ella Ostrowsky
Eliana Otta
Leah [Ottolenghi]
Marion Palfi
Lygia Pape
Mary Parke
Vilma Parlaghy
Regina Parra
Helen Pashgian
Zoë Paul
Julia Pearl
Zeyno Pekünlü
Beverly Pepper
Sondra Perry
Gilda Pervin
Liz Phillips
Amalia Pica
Adriana Pincherle
Adrian Piper
Sylvia Plachy
Ariela Plotkin
Rikah Polacco
Rona Pondick
Liliana Porter
Vanessa Portieles
Ilene Potashnick
Esther Puccinelli
Lucy Puls
Belle Quitman
Raquel Rabinovich
Orit Raff
Clare Ramano
Christina Ramberg
Sandra Ramos
Dina Recanati
Rayah Redlich
Elaine Reichek
Elfriede Reichelt
Nono Reinhold
Katie Friedman Reiter
Margret Rey
Betti Richard
Chava Wolpert Richard
Ursula Richter
Hanna Riess
Lydia Riezouw
Bridget Riley
Marriam Cramer Ring
Olly Ritterband
Andrea Robbins
Raisa Robbins
Laurel J. Robinson
Mae Shafter Rockland
Neeltje Roelse
Bunny Rogers
Mary I. Rogers
Tracy Rolling
Rachel Rose
Pauline Rosenberg
Ellen Rosenberg
Elizabeth Rosenblum
Galya Rosenfeld
Erna Rosenstein
Barbara Rosenthal
Doris Rosenthal
Kate Ring Rosenthal
Martha Rosler
Eva Ross
Lenke Rothman
Irma Rothstein
Mika Rottenberg
Elisabeth Rottgers
Gail Rubi
Charlotte Rudolphshan
Barbara Rushkoff
Rae Russel
Charlotte Salomon
Sharon Samish-Dagan
Gillian Sandlands
Marion Sanford
Helene Sardeau
Tamira Sawatzky
Concetta Scaravaglione
Gigi Scaria
Agnes Schaefer
Malvina Schalkova
Miriam Schapiro
Elsa Schiaparelli
Joyce Schmidt
Mugg Schmitt-Breuninger
Joanne Schneider
Mira Schor
Collier Schorr
Dana Schutz
Susan Schwalb
Miriam Schwartzberg
Ricarda Schwerin
Martel Schwichtenberg
Amalie Seckbach
Hannah Seewald
Ilene Segalove
Doris Seidler
Rachel I. Seixas
Kay Sekimachi
Joan Semmel
Katarina Šević
Lerato Shadi
Esther Shalev-Gerz
Dafna Shalom
Miriam Shamir
Ann Zane Shanks
Liza Shapiro
Mary Shapiro
Arlene Shechet
Laura Shechter
Regina Shenck
Sonia Sheridan
Cindy Sherman
Melissa Shiff
Frieda Leah Shifman
Ziona Shimshi
Jessica Shokrian
Shirley Shor
Alyson Shutz
Lee Sievan
Susan Silas
Amy Sillman
Alice Ellen Silverberg
Celia Sylvia Silverberg
Laurie Simmons
Vera Simons
Taryn Simon
Diane Simpson
Ludmila Skripkina
Clarissa T. Sligh
Mernl Smith
Anika Smulovitz
Jenny Snider
Jenny Emily Snow
Joan Snyder
Sally Soames
Valeska Soares
Yehudith Sobel
Charity Solis-Cohen
Rebecca Solomon
Mary Ellen Solt
Alice Sommer
Devorah Sperber
Nancy Spero
Ann Sperry
Stacey Spiegel
Sriwhana Spong
Jeni Spota
Sari Srulovich
Margaret Stark
Anat Stein
Naama Steinbock
Barbara Steinman
Grete Stern
Florine Stettheimer
Fannie Stiglitz
Renata Stih
Ida Ring Stolnitz
Beatrice Stone
Cami Stone
Sylvia Stone
Erika Stone
Sonia Stoppelman
Racelle Strick
Marjorie Strider
Elisabeth Subrin
Carol Summers
Sherry Suris
Vivian Suter
Beth Ames Swartz
Julianne Swartz
Sarah Swenson
Hanna Szmalenberg
Tziona Tagger
Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Maria Taniguchi
Liora Taragan
Mary Temple
Else Dorothea Thalemann
Diana Thater
Anna Dorothea Therbusch
Valerie Thornton
Anna Ticho
Elizabeth Timberman
Suzanne Treister
Nguyen Trinh Thi
Marie Trommer
Anne Truitt
Judith Turner
Muriel Turoff
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Amalia Ulman
Aviva Uri
Mona Vătămanu
Natalia Vatsadze
Elisabeth Vigée-LeBrun
Lella Vignelli
Simhah Viterbo
Wanda von Debschitz-Kunowski
Carola von Groddeck
Marion von Osten
Marevna [Maria Vorobieff]
Stella Waitzkin
Anna Walinska
Rosa Newman Walinska
Nora Wallower
Jessica Walsh
Hedda Walther
Jane Wasey
June Wayne
Stephanie Weber
Mrs. H. Weed
Carrie Mae Weems
Daniella Weihart
Sandra Weiner
Yocheved Weinfeld
Mindy Weisel
Sara Eidel Weisberg
Anita Weschler
Sophie Wetherbe
Pae White
Eliza Whitney
Gerta Ries Wiener
Hannah Wilke
Susan Lewis Williams
Ida Wyman
Catherine Yass
Kim Yasuda
Rona Yefman
Carol Yudin
Maya Zack
Jennifer Zacklin
Hilda Zadikow
Yona Zaloscer
Donna Zarbin-Byrne
Teresa Zarnower
Lidia Zavadsky
Malcah Zeldis
Marguerite Thompson Zorach
Barbara Zucker

A List of Every Woman Artist Exhibited at the Jewish Museum was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Preserving the Stories of Women Artists on Wikipedia Read More

On Sunday, March 11, the Jewish Museum presents its first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon featuring artist talks with Jewish Museum collection artists Joan Semmel and Arlene Shechet.

Opening reception for Scenes from the Collection at the Jewish Museum. Photo by

Wikipedia, with more than 40 million articles in more than 250 different languages, is the world’s largest source of free knowledge online. Yet less than 10% of editors on Wikipedia today are women, leading to gaps in the coverage of knowledge about women, feminism, and the arts on one of the most visited websites in the world. When women don’t preserve their stories or participate in the ways their history is recorded online, it gets erased. And we need your help to fix the gender gap.

Artist Arlene Shechet (right) at the opening reception for Scenes from the Collection at the Jewish Museum. Photo by

This Sunday, March 11, in honor of Women’s History Month and the #5WomenArtists campaign, the Jewish Museum is hosting its first Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, co-presented with Art + Feminism, a campaign dedicated to improving coverage of cis and transgender women, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. It’s an exciting time to be furthering the discourse around women artists in the Jewish Museum collection with the recent opening of Scenes from the Collection, an exhibition of nearly 600 works, spanning antiquities to contemporary art, many of which are on view for the first time. The new collection exhibition has opened up tremendous potential to show more work by women— including Joan Semmel and Arlene Shechet, two incredible artists who will be speaking in the galleries to kick off the Edit-a-thon.

Joan Semmel

Joan Semmel, Sunlight, 1978. Oil on canvas. 60 × 96 in. (152.4 × 243.8 cm). Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Fine Arts Acquisition Fund. 2010–35

Joan Semmel’s Sunlight (1978) is prominently featured in our Personas gallery, currently dedicated to an array of artist self-portraits. Monumental in scale, yet intimate in nature, this photorealist painting defiantly subverts the misogynist trope of the passive female nude. Semmel will talk about how she came to develop her now iconic, self-reflective style of painting naked bodies, her pioneering activism in the fight against censorship of sexually explicit work by women artists in the 1970s, and what excites her about the feminist art world today.

Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet, Travel Light, 2017, gypsum, resin, and candles, first of a planned edition of four. Jewish Museum commission; Purchase: Contemporary Judaica
Acquisitions Committee and Judaica Acquisitions Committee Funds, TR 2015.51 Photo by

In the adjacent gallery called Constellations, we are delighted to debut Travel Light (2017), one of our newest acquisitions by ceramicist and sculptor Arlene Shechet. This ghostly 3D-printed suitcase is bursting with candlesticks that were modeled on the holders the artist’s grandmother brought to the United States from Belarus in 1920. Travel Light is deeply personal, yet speaks to broader issues of immigration beyond the Jewish experience. We are delighted that Shechet will be on hand to explain the significance of the family heirlooms she incorporated into the sculpture, the secret documents hidden within the object, and the process of creating this technically complex work that intertwines the past, present, and future.

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The Jewish Museum’s Wikipedia Edit-a-thon takes place on Sunday, March 11, 2–6 pm. All are welcome to join us to improve the visibility and scholarship of women artists on Wikipedia. To participate in the Edit-a-thon portion of the event, please bring your own laptop and power cord, and create a Wikipedia account prior to arriving at the Museum. A presentation and training by Michael Mandiberg, Co-Founder, Art + Feminism will provide participants the grounding they need to become a confident Wikipedia editor. We hope that people can gain a sense of empowerment through this training which will enable them to perhaps continue this work on their own, and to think more critically about sources they encounter.

No prior Wikipedia experience necessary. Reference materials will be provided. Light refreshments provided by Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum.

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— Jenna Weiss, Manager of Public Programs and Rebecca Shaykin, Leon Levy Assistant Curator

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