HUC-JIR New York Museum Features Susan Dehan Felix Exhibit; Now Through January 25, 2008

Monday, July 2, 2007

Flamed Earth: The Ritual Objects of Susan Dehan Felix will be on display at the HUC-JIR/NY Museum through January 25, 2008. 

Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), New York 

June 14 - August 31, 2007 

Opening Reception with the Artist: Thursday, June 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Flamed Earth: The Ritual Objects of Susan Duhan Felix, is an exhibition of works by Susan Duhan Felix, a Jewish feminist ceramic artist who specializes in ritual objects. Felix lives in Berkeley, California and has been a ceramic artist for over forty-five years. 

Felix is paving the way for contemporary Jewish women's ritual objects to be incorporated and recognized in Jewish ceremonies that are traditionally male. Amongst the objects included there are Miriam's cups, wedding cups, wedding bowls, and blessing bowls. 

The piece, "Miriam's Cup" exemplifies the successful merger of the inclusion of women in Jewish ritual and feminism. This is a bowl used for the washing of hands set atop a cup. Felix symbolizes the feminist prerogative with the Miriam cup designed to be used alongside Elijah's cup at Passover. The fluid design is emblematic of Miriam locating water in the desert, signifying women's power which existed but was not acknowledged in biblical times. 

Felix uses the primitive technique of pit firing and smoke- firing to create works that capture the powerful contrast of the western landscape. This process requires Felix to relinquish control over the ultimate result, trusting that an original and organic design will beautifully emerge from the firing. The final results are pieces that symbolize a continuous effort to find light amidst darkness and chaos. 

Location: One West 4th Street, between Broadway and Mercer Street, Manhattan. 

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 am - 6 pm; Friday, 9 am - 3 pm 

Admission: Free. Photo ID required for entrance. 

Group Tours and Information: (212) 824-2205; 

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