Vibrant Echoes: Photographs by Barbara Freedman - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Vibrant Echoes: Photographs by Barbara Freedman

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Thursday, August 1, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum 
One West 4th Street (Between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan 
September 9, 2002-January 10, 2003 
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 6, 3-5 pm

Vibrant Echoes: Photographs by Barbara Freedman, a photography exhibition comprised of vibrantly colored, superimposed images of synagogues in New York, will be on view at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum from September 9, 2002-January 10, 2003. Through the use of computer generation and layered technique, the works in this exhibition combine many architectural elements and interior or exterior views of various synagogues, and express complex impressions of these sacred spaces.

Inspired by a trip to Bilbao, Spain in 1998 to visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry, Barbara Freedman was impressed and entranced with the architectural vocabulary. Freedman, a professional psychotherapist, immediately recognized the collaged, layered aspects of the building. Upon returning to New York and touring the 19th and 20th century synagogues of the Lower East Side, she began a series of manipulated images, layering and building a richly textured scene. Her lifelong interest in Jewish learning has expanded during her retirement, and her study of Biblical text has given deeper meaning to her selection of material.

Freedman's studies at the International Center of Photography have led to her specialization in "photo-shop." The images included in this exhibition are computer generated, manipulated images, printed on specially treated Somerset watercolor paper with archival inks.

Laura Kruger, Curator of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, noted: "Freedman's use of bold color and skillful stratification allow viewers to explore the many different layers of Jewish heritage and culture. The unique visual perspective employed in these photographs opens the mind to previously hidden aspects of these beautiful locations."

Barbara Freedman's previous exhibitions include solo shows at the Soho Photo Gallery in Manhattan and the Elaine Benson Gallery on Long Island, where she now resides. Many of the photographs to be exhibited at HUC-JIR were displayed at the Soho Photo Gallery this past April. Her work also has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at Adas Israel, Sag Harbor, and the Image Gallery, Riverhead, NY.

Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-5pm; 
Fridays, 9am-3pm; 
Selected Sundays, 10am-2pm: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 24, December 8

Admission: Free

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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.