Hands-on Art Workshops
Figure drawing with Yona Verwer. Participants learned drawing and painting techniques. Hunter College, NYC.
Jewish Art and Augmented Reality: an Art-making Workshop on Art and Inspiration in Dialogue.
With Cynthia Beth Rubin & Yona Verwer. Upcoming at the Mizel Museum, Denver, CO. Participants will creatively interpret Jewish source material and will learn how to enrich their imagery with this latest technology.
As a group, we will create colorful and expressive artworks based on traditional objects from the museum collection.
The participants’ creative artworks will then be enriched with Augmented Reality, revealing the cultural artifact/source material. The A.R. imagery will be superimposed on the creative work, and will become visible with a smartphone or iPad. We will discuss the conceptual dialogue between source and subject.
The results will be exhibited on the venue’s walls and on a blog, where viewers can see the images AND the augmented reality.
Mezuzah Painting with Yona Verwer: participants decorate mezuzah covers to reflect their own interests. At Limmud FSU, Westchester Hilton.
Amulet Painting Workshop with Yona Verwer. At the Isabella Friedman Jewish Retreat Center.
Finding Home Workshop by Siona Benjamin at the Tribeca Synagogue for the Arts.
Talmud Synesthesia is an Art/ Jazz/ Poetry workshop. Slam poet Jake Marmer performs his “Jazz Talmud” poetry, while a band riffs on the spoken words. The participants create art works inspired by the music and poetry.
Exploring Identity – Mezuzah Making Workshop with Tobi Kahn. At Kahn’s studio, Long Island City. Info here.
Celebrate Text: Shenanigans. With Ellen Alt and Oholiav. Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, NYC. More here.
Organized Illustrated Lectures
Recreating the Golem: From Prague to the Simpsons, with Mark Podwal and Thane Rosenbaum, Anne Frank Center USA, NYC.
Documenting Diaspora, Jewish communities from Cuba to Morocco, lecture by Julian Voloj, Anne Frank Center USA, New York, NY. Info here.
Judaism, Comic Books and Their Creators, by Joel Silverstein. Hadas Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
Contemporary Dutch Jewish Art, by Yona Verwer. The Jewish Museum, NYC.
Jewish Book Art. With Mark Podwal, David Wander, and David Friedman. Stanton St Synagogue, NYC
Jewish Heritage and Contemporary Art with Judith Joseph, Alison Kruvant, Isaac Peterson, Buzz Slutzky. Columbia / Barnard Kraft Ctr, NYC
Organized Panel Discussions
Imagery After Abstraction: Filling the Void, Panel Discussion with Helene Aylon, Elisa Decker, Bruria Finkel, Cynthia Beth Rubin. Moderator Debra Zarlin Edelman. Feb 12, 2013, NYC. Columbia Barnard Kraft Center, New York, NY.
A new creative spirit: How contemporary Jewish artists are forming partnerships with American Jewish museums, synagogues and institutions. With Ori Z. Soltes, Tobi Kahn, Richard McBee, Joel silverstein & Yona Verwer. More here. Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art / CAJM Conference.
International Jewish Art Salon Session with Jacqueline Nicholls, Ken Goldman and Dvora Liss. Temple Emmanuel / Skirball Center, NYC.
Jewish Diversity in Art, with Siona Benjamin, Lacey Schwartz and Matthew Baigell; Moderator Yona Verwer. JCC Manhattan.
Warrior/Peacemaker: A Graphic Novel. With Julian Voloj, Benji Menendez and Lacey Schwartz. Columbia Barnard Kraft Center, New York, NY. More here.
Screening of the documentary Punk Jews at the Lower East Side gallery Central Booking. With film producers Saul Sudin & Evan Kleinman. More info here.
Jewish Narrative Painting, with Joel Silverstein, Elke Sudin, Eden Morris & Yona Verwer; Moderator Richard McBee. Columbia / Barnard Kraft Center, NY.