Vibrant Echoes: Photographs by Barbara
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
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.
Selected Sundays, 10am-2pm: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 24,
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