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Art Kibbutz presents

ARt, ARchitecture & AR:  
Augmented Reality & Jewish Art

by Cynthia Beth Rubin & Yona Verwer

Art Kibbutz, Nolan Park, Building 6B 
(September weekends).
ARTISTS RECEPTION September 11, 11-6

VIEWING HOURS
Sundays 11-6. 
Cynthia & Yona will be there Sundays  Sept. 4,11,18. 
Weekdays by appointment only.



Plan your visit. Ferry schedule (10 min. ride) here.


ABOUT THE ART

Artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer, as interpreters of history, weave together the stories of the past and the present in layers of paint, photographs, video, and recording. Their collaborative project consists of digital prints, acrylic paint, and augmented reality on canvas. 

The imagery reflects the former Jewish immigrant neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side, mixed with traditional signs and motifs from existing and lost synagogues. 

Using an iPad or smartphone, the viewer triggers Augmented Reality videos embedded in the artwork, embarking on a discovery process of experiencing the layered history of the Lower East Side. 

These videos include the spoken voice of a historian (Elissa Sampson), imagery of related symbols from other historic sources such as medieval manuscripts, Yiddish songs from Eastern Europe, and a photographic portrait taken more than 100 years ago in a studio on the Lower East Side. 

Digital media are integral part of both the development and the user experience in this series. First, there was the layering of imagery that was facilitated by the mixture of layers of physical paint and printed digital imagery, which in turn was developed from both photographic and painterly output of each of the artists. Secondly, the wide range of Augmented Reality videos are derived from the artists’ own diverse interests and in turn what they anticipate as the varied interests of the public. 

In addition to their collaborative series, the artists each show a few solo works as well, also based on Jewish architecture. Verwer shows works inspired by Lower East Side synagogues; Rubin shows European synagogues. 

Art review in NY Jewish Week here.


ABOUT ART KIBBUTZ

Art Kibbutz is an artists’ residency, that offers artists of all mediums, ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and affiliations opportunities to explore universal issues through a Jewish artistic lens. Art Kibbutz provides inspiring and peaceful space to work, learn and seriously explore the rich heritage of Jewish experience that informs their creative process. Its Summer Residency takes place on Governors Island (NYC). Summer Studios will be open to the public every Sunday in August, and September 4, 11 & 18, 11am – 5:45pm. artkibbutz.org
ABOUT GOVERNORS ISLAND
Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor, has become the new cultural hub of NYC. Just a 10 min. ferry ride away it is the destination point for culture lovers and nature enthusiasts. Info on other exhibits here. 
The exhibition partially overlaps with the 9th Governors Island Art Fair, (September weekends) which has become a fixture on the New York art scene.




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The Koslowe Gallery presents                            
Meditations on Place

Opening Reception Thursday June 2, 7:30 pm


Koslowe Gallery
Westchester Jewish Center
175 Rockland Ave.
Mamaroneck, NY 10543

On view through August 10th, 2016

Viewing hours 9-5 M-T, 9-1 F, 9-1 Sunday

More info on the exhibit here



View more images here

Directions to the gallery here





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The Mishkan Museum of Art presents 
New York / New Work: Contemporary Jewish Art from NYC

Opening Reception Friday November 13, 11:30 AM

Exhibit on view until January 31, 2016
Mishkan Museum of Art

New York/New Work presents, for the first time in Israel, some of the current major and canonical artists of contemporary Jewish art in the United States. These artists hail from different diasporic spaces and appropriate Jewish traditions on their own terms. Their contributions to the development of contemporary American Judaism in the context of a dual diasporic lens are considerable: on the one hand, they examine the Diaspora’s relationship with itself; and, on the other hand, they look at its relationship with other diasporic locations.

Cynthia and Yona are exhibiting their collaborative art work History, Heritage & the Lower East Side #2

Co-curator David Sperber wrote:
"The particularistic history of American Jewry is addressed in the works of Yona Verwer and Cynthia Beth Rubin, who employ the new technology of Augmented Reality to add layers of meaning and association to their New York’s Lower East Side imagery."

Artists in the exhibition include Helène Aylon, Siona Benjamin, Tobi Kahn, Rachel Kanter, Robert Kirschbaum, Richard McBee, Archie Rand, Cynthia Beth Rubin, Joel Silverstein, Eli Valley, Yona Verwer, David Wander, and Ahron Weiner. Curated by Dvora Liss and David Sperber.

More info on the exhibit here

RELATED PROGRAMMING

In conjunction with the exhibit two symposiums took place at the museum:

January 29, 2016  - Symposium on Femininity and Masculinity in Jewish Art. Info here.
December 11, 2015 - Joseph Beuys and Jewish Art. Info here.

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Jerusalem Biennale 2015

The Jewish Art Salon’s Pavilion at the Polonsky Academy features 
New York / New Work: Contemporary Jewish Art from NYC

Curators: Dvora Liss and David Sperber.

October 24 - November 5, 2015

Opening reception September 24
Panel discussion / film screening September 30
Symposium November 1

Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Institute

Wednesday 30th of September, 16:30 – 19:30
NEW YORK / NEW WORK – PANEL & FILMS
Polonsky Auditorium, 
Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 43 Jabotinsky Street.

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Hidden Links: Exploring Jewish Identity: The Work of Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer

Produced by the Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, and the Center for the Arts Evergreen. 
Curated by Georgina Kolber and Stephanie Perkins.

Center for the Arts, Evergreen, Colorado.
July 30 – September 4, 2015. 
Opening Reception July 30, 4-7 PM.

The Temple, 
2400 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80205
Opening Reception: October 8, 5:00-8:00 PM 
September 21 - November 20, 2015

New York artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer exhibit works created together and separately, demonstrating how very different paths led each artist to an exploration of Jewish history and heritage that naturally culminated in a collaborative works. Working together as interpreters of history and heritage as they photograph, document, represent, and weave together the stories of the past and the present.
Their Lower East Side banners are conceptually layered with augmented reality, drawing upon interviews with neighborhood historian Elissa Sampson, and music by Bob Gluck.

More info on the exhibit here

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Shmita ArtFest

Curated by Leah Caroline
Produced by Art Kibbutz NY

Governors Island, NY 

August-September, 2015

Opening Event August 9

Info on the event here









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Our first collaborative work in this series is included in the exhibition:

ALL | TOGETHER | DIFFERENT
A survey of current Lower East Side artists steadfastly engaged with the forever-changing and forever-the-same neighborhood.

Ernest Rubenstein and Jewish Communal Galleries
Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002

February 12-April 1, 2015.

Curated by Linda Griggs, with curatorial advisor Yona Verwer.

More info on the exhibit here






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