Stereopticon images, or lantern slides, became popular in the late 1800’s as a way for armchair travelers to experience faraway places. Viewed through an image merging device, the dual photographs become three-dimensional, resulting in a realistic, you are there feeling.
While the most recent tragedy of Gaza no longer dominates the headlines, its impact on the world is no less real. With this exhibition, The Jerusalem Fund Gallery showcases the responses of three artists, working in three distinct media, but with one overwhelming desire—to employ their art in conversation with and about Gaza.
In the course of a research trip for a story on Israeli art, New York-based critic and curator Mary Evangelista was introduced to a number of outstanding young Palestinian artists.
Photos to Develop has worked all over the Kingdom of Jordan engaging children from Bedouin communities in a project that allows them to express themselves in a way that they never could before.
Direct from Palestine, Bethlehem artist Samar Ghattas’ paintings reflect on the nature of human relationships and the complex meanings of love. The paintings in Harmony use the emotional moments that take place between a couple, such as love, conflict, and jealousy, to represent all relationships on the face of the earth.
Until the 1950s and 1960s hand-crafted silver jewelry and beautifully embroidered costumes were widely worn in Bilad al-Sham, an area that included Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria. Now, for the first time, splendid examples of these pieces can be seen at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery. Ellen Benson and Lynn Springer of the Bead Museum organized the exhibit; the items are largely drawn from the David and Marjorie Ransom collection.
Wall Stories addresses the concept of borders, barriers and access within a given space. Ironic and humiliating, right of entry exists only as the gift of the oppressor. How does one learn to adjust to the surreality of a massive gray monster that snakes up on every horizon?