"Threads That Bind" Art Exhibition and Opening at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 
On View: through December 31, 2014

Dani Vinokurov

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles presents its newest exhibition, “Threads that Bind.” Curated by Anne Hromadka, the display features the work of Karen Koblitz, Jonas N.T. Becker, Dani Vinokurov, and Cathy Weiss.

Threads That Bind explores the importance of textile and fiber arts through a uniquely Jewish lens. This show is part of a consortium of exhibitions from participating Jewish institutions: American Jewish University, USC Hillel, Jewish Federation, and the Academy of Jewish Religion.

These exhibitions are in connection with the Textile Society of America's 2014 biennial symposium which was held in Los Angeles, September 10th -14th. The theme was New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future and sessions were held at UCLA and LACMA. Threads that Bind was listed in their conference program.

Threads that Bind was curated by Anne Hromadka and organized by the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles Enhancement Committee.

Artist Bios:

Jonas N.T. Becker’s images and video installations explore the imaginary space between what can be seen and what we suspect is real. Becker’s most recent body of works investigate the personal and historical significance of utopian ideals, exploring the themes of communal existence and labor by prioritizing group contribution over individual authorship.  

Using collective input such as public workshops to generate the artwork Becker was able to construct the work showcased at Hebrew Union College-JIR,LA titled The Pile. This work is part of larger video installation. It was originally displayed in a recent solo exhibition entitled Zol Zayn, What If?. Viewers at HUC-JIR,LA will experience a portion of The Pile including participating in the interactive element of the work.

Karen Koblitz received her BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts & California State University, Northridge, and she earned her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work is included in public collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art; and she has exhibited work at LACMA, Palazzo Dei Consoli in Gubbio, Italy, the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and the Tucson Museum of Art. In 2002 Koblitz received an Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin. In October of that year, she was named American Art Ambassador to Moscow, Russia as part of the U.S. State Department's ART in Embassies Program.

In Dani Vinokurov’s undergraduate studies, she pursued a career in graphic design. But her love of analog processes could not be satisfied in a digital field. And although she excelled as a graphic designer, it wasn’t until she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, that she found her true calling. On a whim, Dani took a course in the Fiber Arts Department and fell in love. She learned weaving, dyeing, embroidery, repeat pattern and surface design—techniques she regularly incorporates into her collages. Storytelling has also had a huge impact on her work. Dani’s collages feature elements of the fantastical and are often influenced by folktales, science fiction and fantasy, and most recently, by nonfiction radio stories from shows such as This American Life and Radiolab.

Cathy Weiss was born in NYC and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her BA in art from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a fellowship in printmaking from Pratt Institute for graduate studies in New York City. Weiss has shown nationally and internationally including a recent solo exhibition at Bleicher Gallery in Los Angeles. She has won numerous awards for her work and is in collections nationally and internationally. Weiss is dedicated to promoting printmaking and arts opportunities for children through teaching and community projects.

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 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. www.huc.edu