Read "Contemplating the Meaning of Jewish Art at JTS"

by artist Ben Rubin

"It used to be thought that the Second Commandment's prohibition on making images meant there could not be a Jewish visual art. In his 1966 essay "Is There a Jewish Art?" art critic Harold Rosenberg grappled with the very question posed by his title. He didn't think there was, because he didn't think there was a single Jewish style. Yet he found, as Margaret Olin writes in "The Nation Without Art," an "Old Testament provenance" for a Jewish found art, writing in his essay that "the idea that if you inhabit a sacred world you find art rather than make it is clearly present in the Old Testament." Forty-five years later, the new exhibit at the Jewish Theological Seminary, "Reading the Visual / Visualizing the Text," the inaugural exhibition of the JTS Arts Advisory Board, shows the tremendous creative potential in a Jewish art that finds art rather than makes it."

Continue reading "Contemplating the Meaning of Jewish Art at JTS" in The Jewish Daily Forward.