Council of American Jewish Museums
          E-News | October 2012  
In This Issue
Finck to be Artist-in-Residence
Art Bursts at 2013 Conference
Conference Partners
More Artist Participants
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This month, we take off from our 2013 conference theme, The City as Muse/um, to focus an entire issue on the ways that artists will enliven our annual gathering (March 3-5, 2012 in New York City). Your full conference brochure will arrive in the next couple of weeks. Until then, this should help you begin to imagine the possibilities ahead.



Throughout the conference, CAJM's first Artist-in-Residence, Liana Finck, will document program sessions and participants with her witty cartoons. Finck, a frequent contributor to Tablet magazine, is a graphic  novelist whose latest project is The Bintel Brief, a website and monthly zine based on the classic Yiddish Forward column of the same name.  The artist's images will be assembled into an ever-changing exhibit throughout the conference. More about her involvement below.



A new conference innovation, the Art Burst, will showcase emerging Jewish artists who have been inspired bthe urban environment. Making Art in the Metropolis features four Israeli Siegel, C artists who live in NMeromieAbergilw York. Curated by Lilly Wei, the program will present the work of sculptor Ohad Meromi (left), photographer Inbal Abergil (center), video artist Tom Pnini, and painter Naomi Safran-Hon.  Los Angeles cartographer-micrographer Corrie Siegel (right) is leading a workshop called Re-Mapping the City, in which participants will create their own interpretive maps of real or imagined cities.



The engagement of these artists in the conference is made possible through the g6 Pointsenerous cooperation of several cultural partners. Liana Finck and Corrie Siegel are recipients of Six Points Fellowships.  Six Points is itself a partnership of Avoda Arts, JDub Records, and the Foundation for Jewish CultureThe four Israeli artists are joining us through the efforts of Artis and its director, Yael Reinharz. This dynamic organization supports and promotes contemporary visual artists from Israel internationally.
(Tote bag designed by Gabriela Vainsencher)



WexlerThere will be still more insights from artists during panel sessions and on excursions that will take conference-goers to fascinating New York neighborhoods, studios, and, naturally,Goldberg museums. Two of our tour guides will be video artist Neil Goldberg (image from his "Wind Tunnel" to left), leading Stories the City Tells Itself; and artist-architect-designer Allan Wexler (sukkah model to right), exploring the High Line and Chelsea. Multi-disciplinary artists Alina and Jeff Bliumis will be on a panel discussing artist, curator, and Bliumiseducator interventions within their communities; the telephone installation to left is part of their ongoing project Cultural Tips for New Americans. Multimedia artist Ben Rubin will join a CAJM session focusing on best uses of digital formats to engage audiences. Rubin's Shakespeare Machine is a newly-commissioned art installation for the refurbished Public Theater. (Photo to right by Scott Lynch) 


CAJM Puts the Spotlight on You

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CAJM offers Sexuality Aresources for learning all year round on our website and at our annual conference; models professional standards; offers opportunities for information exchange; and works on behalf of Jewish museums and museums with Jewish content. One of them is the museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York, which is hosting a CAJM reception and viewing of their exhibition The Sexuality Spectrum (images l. and r.). See what other Jewish museums are presenting across North America by visiting CAJM's At Our Museums page.
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