How Today's Jewish Artists Are Revolutionizing Art

February 15 at 10:30AM

We are living in the Golden Age of Jewish art according to art historian Matthew Baigell in his talk at The Jewish Museum several years ago. Contemporary Jewish art of the last 15 years has little in common with previous Jewish American art. Many artists are producing work based on totally different Jewish source materials.

In addition, artists groups have popped up in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Jerusalem. They are creating their own opportunities and networks, resulting in a groundswell of exciting cutting-edge museum quality exhibitions. New York artist, and co-founder of the Jewish Art Salon, Yona Verwer, will speak about these developments, illustrated with a slide show.

Yona Verwer, a Dutch-born artist, creates works that explore identity, immigration, heritage, tikkun olam, and kabbalah. Her media are acrylic paints on canvas and augmented reality. Viewers use a smartphone or tablet to hone in on a spot in the painting, which triggers a video embedded in the artwork. Verwer holds a master’s degree in fine art from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and has shown and curated in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. She has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Huffington Post, the Daily News, the Forward, the Jewish Week, and Sh’ma Journal. Verwer’s work has been exhibited at the Andy Warhol Factory, Jerusalem Biennale, Yeshiva University Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Center for Jewish History, Mizel Museum, Reginald Lewis Museum of African-American Art, Stanback Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial Center.