Ruth Weisberg: The Open Door
Exhibition on view at Skirball Museum in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH-Ruth Weisberg: The Open Door Haggadah, an
exhibition of 35 original paintings and monotypes premieres at the
Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
December 27, 2001 - February 7, 2002. Artist Ruth Weisberg produced
these works on paper for The Open Door Haggadah, a new publication
that families and temples will use during their traditional Passover
Seder (meal). The Haggadah is scheduled to be published by
the Central Conference of American Rabbis of the Reform Jewish Movement
in February 2002.
Acclaimed artist, Ruth Weisberg is Dean of Fine Arts at the University
of Southern California. She is an active exhibitor with over 70
solo exhibitions as well as group shows. Her work is included in
over 50 major museum collections including the Art Institute of
Chicago, the National Gallery, Washington D.C., the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of New York.
The art in Ruth Weisberg: The Open Door Haggadah exhibition,
a true partner with the narrative of The Open Door Haggadah,
reflects Jewish life as celebrated today at the Passover Seder.
Among the works is “Exodus,” which is created as a diptyph image
to emphasize the parting of a swirling Red Sea. “This is the Bread
of Affliction” links the past to the present while recalling Jews
as slaves in Egypt. Throughout the body of work, Weisberg uses a
dominant palette of blues, burnt sienna, and bronze; the paper surface
is richly textured and color bleeds add a sense of mystery.
Skirball Museum Curator, Judy Lucas notes, “this exhibit’s ‘Open
Door Jerusalem’ image leads the viewer into a peaceful Jerusalem
landscape, something we are all searching for at this time.” Following
its premiere at the Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, the exhibition
will travel to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Museum in New York.
HUC-JIR’s Skirball Museum, Cincinnati is open to the public Monday
through Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sundays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm,
and by appointment. Docent guided tours can be arranged for groups
of ten or more by calling the museum office at (513) 221-1875, ext.
358. The Skirball Museum is located in Mayerson Hall on the campus
of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. It is handicap
accessible with free admission and parking.