Ruth Weisberg: The Open Door Haggadah Exhibition on view at Skirball Museum in Cincinnati

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

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 "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.


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