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Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

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A guidebook to the most current trends in contemporary Jewish art and design, Reinventing Ritual provides an unprecedented look at the work and thought of contemporary artists as they respond to the needs and practices of traditional culture. Beautifully illustrated with new art from Israel, Europe, and the Americas, this publication features both traditional and avant-garde sculpture, textiles, architecture, metalwork, and ceramics by forty leading artists.

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Overview

A guidebook to the most current trends in contemporary Jewish art and design, Reinventing Ritual provides an unprecedented look at the work and thought of contemporary artists as they respond to the needs and practices of traditional culture. Beautifully illustrated with new art from Israel, Europe, and the Americas, this publication features both traditional and avant-garde sculpture, textiles, architecture, metalwork, and ceramics by forty leading artists.

Author Daniel Belasco surveys current trends in Jewish ritual art and the influences of feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism, and new media; Julie Lasky provides a groundbreaking discussion of the role of recycling and social consciousness in contemporary Jewish design; Danya Ruttenberg, a recently ordained rabbi, offers a lively perspective on the constantly evolving Jewish impulse "to concretize the encounter with the Divine"; Arnold M. Eisen writes an absorbing and personal commentary on the role of ritual in Jewish life today; and Tamar Rubin contributes an illustrated timeline covering key Jewish cultural and historical events from 1994 to 2008.

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Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (April 22 - September 28, 2010)
Robert Leiter - The Jewish Exponent
"[A] lovely book."—Robert Leiter, The Jewish Exponent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300146820
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Belasco is the Henry J. Leir Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum. Arnold M. Eisen is the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Julie Lasky is editor of Change Observer, an online magazine about design and social impact. Tamar Rubin was the curatorial program associate at the Jewish Museum from 2006 to 2008. Danya Ruttenberg is an ordained rabbi and the author of Surprised by God.

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Table of Contents

Chopping noodles : the art of Jewish practice Daniel Belasco Belasco, Daniel 1

"How can I simply throw away these shoes that have served me so well?" : recycling and Jewish ritual Julie Lasky Lasky, Julie 47

Heaven and Earth : some notes on new Jewish ritual Danya Ruttenberg Ruttenberg, Danya 71

A cultural timeline, 1994-2008 Tamar Rubin Rubin, Tamar 94

Exhibition checklist 104

Notes 110

Bibliography 119

Contributors 125

Acknowledgments 127

Index 131\

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