Friday, November 30, 2007

The New Authentics - Spertus Museum 2007-2008

The Spertus Museum in Chicago opened a brand new museum in November 2007
My work 2001 Refrigerator Series that I made back when I was a grad student at UIC was included in the inaugural exhibition - The New Authentics: Artists of the Post Jewish Generation.

Note - most of the snapshots were taken by my good friend and fellow New Authentics artist Shoshanna Weinberger

Redmoon Theatre group performed at the opening gala

Opening night gala - they put up a giant tent in Grant Park, across the street from the museum, for the dinner reception
Cheselyn Amato, Laura Kina (me), Shoshanna Weinberger at the opening gala for the Spertus Museum

Spertus Musuem

The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation
group exhibition
curated by Staci Boris

November 30, 2007
- April 13, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, 7-9pm
610 South Michigan Avenue 10th floor
Chicago, IL 60605

“The New Authentics” are 21st-century American Jews. Free to choose their affiliations, they are Jewish culturally, religiously, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, partially, biologically, or invisibly. The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation, curated by Spertus Museum Senior Curator Staci Boris, explores contemporary notions of Jewish identity through the work of 16 artists living in the United States. Engaged in the global art community, these artists insert traces of, consciously draw from, or directly address their experiences as Jews, and they are brought together here for the first time in a Jewish context. Their work demonstrates how today, associations with Jewish culture intermingle with issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, politics, history, and nationality, posing questions, challenging boundaries, and defying easy definition.

Artists: David Altmejd, Cheselyn Amato, Johanna Bresnick, Shoshana Dentz, Lilah Freedland, Matthew Girson, Karl Haendel, Laura Kina, Fawn Krieger, Jin Meyerson, Collier Schorr, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Ludwig Schwarz, Joel Tauber, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Jennifer Zackin.

At the opening reception for the exhibition - me, along with fellow New Authentic's artists Shoshana Dentz (and child) and Shoshanna WeinbergerShoshanna Weinberger in front of her work

Mathew Girson in front of his work

On the Sunday following the opening reception, Shoshanna Weinberger and I, along with a few other artists, were invited to give artist's talks in the space.Shoshanna talking about her work.

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