Intersections: A Celebration of Performing and Visual Arts, Artist's Reception, Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

HUC-JIR/LA showcases the work of two artists in a four-artist series in the Artists-in-Residence Program to Enhance Jewish Education: Andrea Hodos, performance artist and director of Moving Torah; and Judith Margolis, visual artist, creative director of Bright Idea Books/Jerusalem, and the art editor of Nashim, Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues. These artists have been working at the Los Angeles campus in classrooms, with faculty and students, during the 2007-2008 academic year. 

You are invited to join us to see how the visual and performance art worlds intersect on March 17. 

Judith Margolis, detail from "Twist of Fate," mixed media collage, 9" x 11", 2003

Judith Margolis's exhibit, "Twist of Fate," is currently open to the public on the Los Angeles campus. Judith will give brief remarks during the artist's reception regarding her exhibit and the collaborative work she has undertaken in the Winter/Spring semester with faculty and students. 

Andrea Hodos's company and rabbinic students from HUC-JIR will present the opening scenes of her new ensemble piece "On Dry Ground," which depicts the Israelites's journey across the sea, asking a central question, "How do we harness faith to move forward through fear?" This performance was developed in part during her residency during the Fall semester on campus. 

The HUC-JIR/LA Artist in Residence Program to Enhance Jewish Education is partially funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. Judith Margolis's residence is also partially funded by a grant from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. Andrea Hodos's performance is a co-production of Moving Torah and Making Faces Productions. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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, 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.