Rabbi Irving and Marly Koslowe Judaica Gallery

Rabbi Irving and Marly Koslowe Judaica Gallery

Curator – Amy Levine Kennedy
WJC is proud to have the Rabbi Irving and Marly Koslowe Gallery of Jewish Art in our main lobby. This award-winning exhibition space is home to revolving exhibitions that reflect the Jewish world in microcosm.

Through fine art, mixed media, sculpture, and photography, our thematic shows are culled from contemporary artists, historical content, traveling exhibitions from other Jewish museums, and original curatorial work. The Gallery, in conjunction with other committees, brings in artists, historians, and performers for associated lectures and presentations, both in-person and virtually.

 

Fall 2022 Exhibition: “The Art of Healing”

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We are excited to share our emphasis on hiddur mitzvah — incorporating beauty to enhance Jewish learning — with WJC and the greater Westchester community. For our fall exhibition, we welcome a curatorial collaboration with artist Tobi Kahn and the Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Streicker Center of Temple Emanu-El, in NY.

The artists range in age from their thirties to their eighties, and have produced a multi-media exhibition of contemporary Jewish art derived from ongoing study of themed texts presented by Kahn, and three instructing rabbis: Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, the Director of Lifelong Learning at Romemu; Rabba Wendy Ansellem, head of the Beit Midrash at Maharat; and Rabbanit Leah Sarna, the Associate Director of Education at Drisha. Kahn is a professor at the School of Visual Arts, in NY, and a painter and sculptor whose conceptual art is held in museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the 9/11 Memorial, and Yale University Art Gallery, as well as private collections and spiritual spaces.

Each year, the group explores themed texts and produces and critiques artwork based on inspiration from their innovative and contemporary rabbinic methods of study. The work spans various forms of mass media — painting, photography, fiber art, and sculpture.

 

Spring 2022 Exhibition: “Mayim Chaiyim: A Watershed”

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Our waters hold an important place in the teachings of Judaism. Many artists have been responding to climate change with a mix of works that reflect their awareness of the Jewish ideals of Tikkun Olam and renewal. In multimedia, the artists explore their concerns for the waters, riverbeds, and coastlines of an increasingly fragile Earth.

Fall 2021 Exhibition: “Karen Kassap: Medieval Modern”

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Watch the conversation with Karen Kassap.

Kassap sees omens everywhere, in the day-to-day work of women as wives, mothers, professionals, and community members, and in the trembling maxim of modern life on Earth. Through the use of metaphors and symbolism, Kassap uses mixed media collage techniques to create vibrant and evoking works. She has won numerous recognitions, including finalist for the Spring 2021 Hopper Prize and Best Story prize for her Black Wedding series at the Milford Arts Council Show, “Story of Women,” last year. Kassap has participated in solo and group exhibitions, both in person and virtually throughout the area. Both an artist and attorney by training, Kassap sees the truth in human struggle and interaction, and in the modes of healing, compromise, and independence that course through all of us. She is trained in collage through mentorship and in black and white photography and printing from the International Center for Photography. She lives in New Haven, CT.

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