the laurie m. tisch gallery
As a fashion photographer in NYC, Milan and Paris, Positive Exposure’s Rick Guidotti worked for a variety of clients including Yves St Laurent, Revlon, L’Oreal, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ. But a chance encounter on a Manhattan street in 1997 changed everything. Rick explains: “I was always told who was beautiful, who the ‘model of the moment’ was and who I had to photograph. It was so frustrating to follow someone else’s idea of beauty. As an artist, I saw beauty everywhere. One afternoon I spotted a young woman waiting for a bus on Park Avenue. She was stunning. She didn’t have pigmentation in her eyes, hair or skin. She had ALBINISM. I had just come from this huge casting for a client where I saw every model in town but not one of them looked like this gorgeous kid. I had never met a model like this before. I knew that she was defnitely not included in the parameters of the beauty standard. I ran to a local bookstore to understand more about albinism, but found only negative images full of sadness, despair, loneliness, isolation and disease. I then found images of many other genetic conditions where kids in their underwear were up against walls in doctors’ offices, looking sick and scared with black bars across their eyes. Where was the humanity in any of these images? Where was this beautiful girl’s photograph?”
This exhibition celebrates 15 years of Positive Exposure. Founded by Rick Guidotti and Diane McLean, MD, PhD, MPH, Positive Exposure is a highly innovative arts organization working with individuals living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences. Through vigorous cross-sector partnerships with health advocacy organizations, governmental agencies and educational institutions, Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights. To learn more, visit positiveexposure.org.
Through the faces and stories captured in Rick’s photographs, beauty is redefined, science is coupled with smiles and we can celebrate individuals whose uniqueness strengthens our community.
Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference is part of the ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival. Visit ny.reelabilities.org.
Exteriors: Michael Kovner
Exteriors: Michael Kovner
On view Jan 9–Feb 28
Michael Kovner is an Israeli painter renowned for his depictions of the raw landscape of
his home country. The son of Abba Kovner—a resistance fighter, partisan, and poet—
Michael was born in 1948 and raised on Kibbutz Ein Hachoresh. Kovner's affection for
landscape runs deep; he writes, "As a young boy I was deeply attracted to the physical
beauty of the world and wanted to give expression to that love through painting."
In the early 1970's, Kovner came to the US to study at the New York Studio School with Philip
Guston, Jack Tworkow, and Mercedes Matte, and was heavily influenced by Abstract
Expressionism. Upon his return to Israel in 1975, Kovner began his now long-celebrated
career as a landscape painter. His works have been included in numerous exhibitions in
museums and galleries all over the world.
Exteriors presents a selection of the artist's works made during prolonged stays at a
studio he keeps in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood. Both Brooklyn and the Upper
West Side play leading roles in Kovner's New York life. Though man-made structures
have sometimes appeared in the horizons of his desert landscapes, the works exhibited in
Exteriors fully demonstrate Kovner's understanding of urban terrain. As gallerist Gabi
Bineth notes, "Michael Kovner's New York is not readily visible, and does not include
the city's most famous icons.
Kovner's New York is much more intimate[…]it entices the viewer to seek out the city’s genuine heirlooms.
From a barge crossing the river to tenement housing and an intimate visit to the artist's studio, Kovner shows
us the view from his window into the bustling world of this magnificent city, with its skyline and its
red brick buildings amid the changing seasons, from scorching summer to the cold, gray
On view Nov 16-Jan 3
Danny Goldfield’s NYChildren is a growing exhibit of 169 portraits reflecting the acclaimed photographer’s quest to photograph one child from every country on earth, finding each child living in New York City. Each photograph tells its own uniquely compelling story; the exhibit, in total, encourages a communal effort to live more inclusive lives.
A LIFE magazine cover story describes, “From Goldfield’s many images, a single, rich, complex—and beautiful—portrait emerges.”
Goldfield believes that “we live in a world with far too much fear and misunderstanding,” and his project aims to inspire the courage needed for strangers “to meet and get to know one another in order to build trust and friendship.” As urban populations grow increasingly multinational,
NYChildren is not only reflective of the city’s current community, but it also helps us envision a more harmonious future. Through snapshots of childhood moments and expressions, NYChildren offers a uniquely hopeful perspective on our ever-increasingly interconnected world.
Genesis of the Project
In 2003, while driving across the United States, Danny Goldfield stopped at a gas station in Mesa, Arizona and met Rana Sodhi, a Sikh whose brother was shot and killed in a hate crime on September 15, 2001. Days after the 9/11 attacks, a neighbor shot Balbir because of his turban and beard. In 2002, Sukhpal,
Rana’s second brother was killed under mysterious circumstances in San Francisco, California. Rana’s response to these violent acts against his brothers was to encourage understanding and peace. Rana said, “It is important for me to get out of my house and meet my neighbors.” Inspired by Rana’s simple prescription to make the world safer, Goldfield started the NYChildren project.
What started as a grassroots effort on the streets of New York has grown enormously, reaching a global audience of over 250 million people.
Jacqueline Nicholls: New Work
On view Sept 1-Nov 1
Jacqueline Nicholls is a visual artist and Jewish educator based in London, England.
She uses her art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways.
Using a variety of different media and craft techniques she engages and responds to traditional
Torah and Talmudic texts in her work, using her art process as a bringing together of the art studio
and the beit midrash (traditional Jewish place of study and learning).
In her first solo show in New York, at The Laurie M Tisch Gallery, with the curatorial guidance
of Tobi Kahn, presents three of Nicholls’ projects—The Kittel Collection, an exploration of clothing
in Jewish Tradition; Ghosts & Shadows: The Women Who Haunt the Talmud; and Gather the Broken, a series
of drawings corresponding to the Omer (the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot). Jacqueline would like to
thank Tobi Kahn, Megan Whitman, Laura Kruger, Gabrielle Birkner, and Amichai Lau-Lavie for their support.
She also thanks all her chavrutahs, past and present, for opening her mind to the infinite possibilities
within the text.
Media sponsor: The Forward.
Adam Cohen & Gil Lavi
On View May 30–Aug 10
Viewfinding exhibits the work of two Israeli-born, New York-based photographers, Adam Cohen and Gil Lavi. The show is a portrait of two cities—Tel Aviv and New York—that explores the desire to find similarities in differing terrains. It reveals the unique character of both locales while also exploring the role of the artist to find his own perspective in an ever-shifting, increasingly globalized existence. Both Cohen and Lavi have worked extensively in Israel and the United States, developing their aesthetics within these cultural landscapes. This show aims to introduce the individual talents of Cohen and Lavi, allowing us to see the stylistic differences of these two biographically similar photographers. But Viewfinding also strives to create aesthetic moments in which we cease to compare and contrast cities and photographers, and instead embrace the ambiguity of our perception.
About Adam Cohen:
Inspired by light and composition, Adam Cohen began his foray into photography when he was a young child using an old SLR. He applied to photography school as a teenager to learn the essence of black and white and color hand printing, as well as studio light. After high school, Cohen spent a year working as a photography assistant. Afterward, Cohen attended 36 months of mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Force, followed by a year of traveling in East Asia and Australia. He then went back to Israel, assisting Yisrael Cohen, a commercial photographer in Tel Aviv. In 2004, Cohen moved to New York to expand the breadth of his work, and was employed as a commercial photographer while also exhibiting in galleries, community centers and pop-up exhibits throughout the city. In 2009, Cohen shot his first moving images video clip using stop motion technique. Excited by the new challenge of moving images, Cohen has since shot and produced videos, ranging from documentary and promotional clips for synagogues and local businesses to a music video for the Grammy-nominated singer Xiomara Laugart. Cohen currently resides in Brooklyn Heights where he works as a videographer and a photographer. Cohen’s works can be found in the homes of private collectors in New York and at the new Marquee club in Las Vegas.
About Gil Lavi:
Gil Lavi is an internationally-acclaimed and awarded photographer whose vision is informed by his diverse cultural and personal experience. Lavi’s images are recognizable for their unique cinematic style. Born in Jerusalem, Lavi was raised in a family dedicated to art. His father was an enthusiastic photographer and his mother was an art therapist. At the age of 7, Lavi was already attached to his camera and could always be found inside a darkroom. By his teenage years, Lavi had exhibited his photographs and was working for the daily newspaper Maariv. During his compulsory military service with the Israeli Defense Force, Lavi served as a chief photographer for the Ground Forces Command. In 2006, he established his own commercial photography and brand imagery consulting studio in Tel Aviv. In 2008, Lavi began working on commercial projects across Europe and the United States and created 3 exhibitions of his work. Lavi was chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the 300 most successful and promising Israelis under 40. The Israeli government hired Lavi to create the concept and imagery for Israel’s brand book for the worldwide rebranding process of the state. That same year, Lavi also produced and edited a photo essay about the murders of gay teenagers in Tel Aviv, published in International Time Out. Engaging people through photography has progressively played a major role in Lavi’s career. His work has been featured in numerous magazines, and he has worked commercially for Delta Airlines, Knorr, AIDS Task Force, WIRED magazine, Michael Bloomberg, Technology Review, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Siemens, leading politicians, and in conjunction with ad agencies including Publicis, Y&R, and IPG. Lavi holds the 2011 IAA Silver award for excellence in Commercial, Advertising & Fashion photography.
On view may 1-25
Over a year ago, a challenge was presented to the teachers of the nursery school: What could
our school do to honor and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the JCC and our school, while
simultaneously making the remarkable work of our children visible to a larger audience? The
answer seemed simple: create an art show to be held in The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery. The actual
process of planning and implementing this show proved to be complex and arduous, but the work
that you see before you is truly a labor of love, reflecting our strongly held belief in the capabilities
and potential of all children.
The work that we have chosen to include in this show celebrates the creative energy and inspired
imagination of every child in our program. Each piece is collaborative in nature, reflecting the
unique voice of each child within the larger context of our classroom communities. They are
small pieces of larger studies which evolved over a period of time, and were the outgrowth of the
children’s interests and investigations. While listening to the children, and encouraging them to
listen to each other, the teachers were able to scaffold their interests and support their process of
discovery and creation. In addition, by providing interesting and thought-provoking materials, and
allowing the children extended periods of time to explore them, the children were able to develop
specific skills and competencies. The children also developed many problem solving skills and social
strategies, as they fused their individual ideas into a joint artistic vision.
The works in this show represent a diverse mosaic. When you stand close to them you can see the
unique gifts of each child. When you step a little further back you can see that each small part
contributes to a greater whole. It is only by looking at each work from both perspectives that one
can fully understand and appreciate our school community.
It is with great pride and respect that we present the work of the children of The Saul and Carole
Zabar Nursery School.
Gallery exhibitions made possible in part with a generous grant from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.
presented by alma—home for hebrew culture
on view sept 19–nov 8
From Origin to Originality presents eighteen prominent, contemporary Israeli artists who have participated in or are associated with Alma’s Beit Midrash Yotzrim: a convening of the country’s top artists to study classic Jewish texts. Founded in 1996 by Talmud scholar Dr. Ruth Calderon, Beit Alma in Tel Aviv is an educational center for adults that offers a novel approach to the study of Jewish sources and the exploration of ideas and dilemmas that impact Israeli and Jewish identity. Alma engages this community of artists in a pluralistic and dialogue-based approach to classic Jewish sources, such as the Torah and the Talmud, while also incorporating literature, poetry, and philosophy.
The artworks in this exhibit, created across genres and mediums, address an array of themes such as social and political identity, nature vs technology, the banal and the poetic. Included in this exhibit are Israel’s most highly regarded artists; some are on the verge of international recognition, while others, like Larry Abramson, have enjoyed long-established careers in the global art scene. For all the artists, the ancient sources examined at Alma inform the creative process and become inspiration for artistic innovation.
Participating artists: Larry Abramson, Elad Armon, Tirzah Bassel, Anat Betzer, Ben Bezerano, Yuval Caspi, Shoshana’h Ciechanowski, Ofri Cnaani, Tsibi Geva, Leor Grady, Yehudit Gueta, Liz Hagag, Michal Heiman, Elad Kopler, Aviv Naveh, Hillah Nevo, Khen Shish, Tal Shochat.
Exhibit Curator: Tsibi Geva; Gallery Director: Megan Whitman; Coordinators for Alma: Dana Abta and Elad Armon.
All works are for sale. Proceeds benefit Alma and The JCC in Manhattan. For more information on Alma, please visit www.alma.org.il.
On view November 2009–Januray 2010
In conjunction with the JCC's Other Israel Festival, Israeli photographer Natan Dvir has created a photo exhibition, Eighteen, a series of portraits featuring Israeli Arabs at the age of eighteen. Eighteen is a critical age in Israel because it signifies the time when all Israeli Jewish citizens are required to report to the army to begin their service. This exhibition will offer insight into the experience of Arab teens in Israel who are entering adulthood and confronting their own unique sets of challenges living in the Jewish state. Dvir is the recipient of Les Recontres d'Arles 2007 Prix de l'Edition, Best Documentary Project by Photo District News in 2006, and the Santa Fe Image Award, Honorable Mention, in 2008. More information can be found on the artist’s website at natandvir.com.
On view September–November 2009
Bernard Eliyahu Sidi, a French-born Israeli artist, works in the tradition of the pre-Bezalel painters in Jerusalem, creating narrative paintings and interpretive illustrations of Jewish texts. This exhibition presents Mr. Sidi's fresh colorful images—flat, primitive, linear, and full of humor. He was awarded the prestigious Jesselson Prize by the Israel Museum in 1996.
On view June–August 2009
This exhibition shows selected portraits from Giard's two-decade long projects of photographing over 600 gay and lesbian writers. Including images of Allen Ginsberg, Tony Kushner, Adrienne Rich and many others, Giard set about documenting a wide survey of significant literary figures as well as brash new writers on the scene in straightforward, unadorned, yet sometimes witty portraits. Some of the writers pictured in the show regard their Jewish identity as central to their lives; for others it is wholly incidental. In all these stunning portraits, the images often tell more than the sitter intended. Co-sponsored with the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, with the cooperation of the Robert Giard Foundation.
On view February–April 2009
These stunning works explore the past and future of Ethiopians in Israel. The exhibition juxtaposes what is being lost with the passing of older generations, and what new twists the younger generations are bringing to Ethiopian Jews from an artist within the community who is engaged in the struggle of a new identity.
On view November 2008–January 2009
An evocative and historical exhibition of synagogue and Jewish shop signs from New England and the Lower East Side. From explaining rules of the synagogue to newcomers, to signs from Jewish shops such as wine stores and bakeries, the exhibition brings to life a part of the American Jewish experience. The mixture of Yiddish, English, and even "Yinglish," together with the signs' simple charm, evoke a period of American Jewish history. The exhibition demonstrates how the forces of assimilation and acculturation have been a permanent part of the Jewish experience in America, thereby reflecting the ongoing challenges and opportunities in America.
On view September–November 2008
Linda Gissen has created large mixed media sculptures about choices—political, social, economic, legal, religious and physical. Creating Justice encourages the viewer to become involved in helping to solve the overwhelming problems of our world. With the use of familiar objects such as children's toys and easily accessible printed matter taken from newspapers, magazines, and the internet, Gissen draws us into a visual discussion of the huge social problems through humor, irreverence, parody, and sly surprises. The viewer is thus amused, shocked, confronted and informed through materials that suddenly acquire layers of meaning which have previously gone unnoticed. For further information about the artist, visit her website at lindagissen.com.
On View June–September 2008
Israeli-born photographer Orit Siman-Tov's latest series, Leisure Time in Israel, takes a look at contemporary Israelis and the leisure activities they enjoy. This series goes beyond the images we have become accustomed to in the evening news and presents a diverse community participating in familiar activities such as sunbathing and skiing. These relaxing images create an introverted tension, in so far as they are in direct contrast to the more common images of armed conflict and political strife that the region is known for. Siman-Tov's work has been exhibited all over Israel, Germany, and the United States.
On view April–June 2008
Gain unique insight into the history of Israel through the colorful historic posters of early Zionist events, Israeli milestones, cultural events, consumer products and more. In the fall of 2005, the JCC presented one of our most successful exhibitions, Made in Israel—An Exhibition of Rare and Historical Posters. In honor of Israel's 60th Anniversary, the JCC and the Farkash Gallery have put together a new show of these great historical features.
On view March–April 2008
According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every 151 children will receive a diagnosis of autism this year. With April being National Autism Awareness Month, we plan to celebrate the children's often unrecognized creative talents with a presentation of artwork by New York City students, ages 10–21. You will have a chance not only to see the exhibition, but also to take part in week-long activities, including film, poetry, comedy and music—all performed by young people on the autistic spectrum.
On view January–March 2008
This stunning collection of images by Israeli photographer Harel Stanton explores the sacred sites and rituals of faith from around the world. His photographs feature ethnicities and religions including Orthodox Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Harel Stanton labels himself an 'ethnographical' photographer and his work focuses on rituals, ceremonies, traditions and other ethnic customs that distinguish the dozens of countries he has photographed. His photographs are published on a regular basis in Israel's leading geographical magazines, Masa Acher and Masa Olami.
The creative and diverse community of students from the JCC Art Studios will present their artwork created in the studios. A juried selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramic sculptures, vessels, shoes, jewelry and more are shown.