Pointing the Way: Women Design Ceremonial ObjectsSeptember 2, 2013-December 31, 2013
Location: Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life
Artist: Galya Rosenfeld
Curator: Sharon Weiser-Ferguson
The special exhibit includes works by three contemporary Israeli women designers: Sari Srulovitch, Iris Tutnauer, and Galya Rosenfeld. The exhibit, which opened before the High Holidays includes ceremonial objects which decorate the Torah: a Torah cover and binder, finials, Torah shields, and pointers.
Sari Srulovitch and Iris Tutnauer are designers and silversmiths, who create primarily in the modernist style. Alongside modernist functionality, they each refer also to Jewish tradition, customs, and halakhah (Jewish law), developing designs which fit their own view of Jewish art: stripes symbolize the tallit (prayer shawl), the tefillin (phylacteries), and written text for Sari Srulovitch, and circles represent the Kabbalistic sefirot for Iris Tutnauer.
Galya Rosenfeld, a fashion designer and teacher at the Bezalel Academy, creates in modular designs, interlocking pieces of cloth without sewing them. In her works she refers to the concept of repurposing, or recycling as a current trend in design, but also as a concept in Jewish tradition: 'upcycling' secular garments and turning them into ritual objects. Thus a Torah cover is made from curtains originally purchased at IKEA.