About: Authenticity and Identity
Adas Israel Congregation presented Authenticity and Identity beginning the week of April 5, 2021.
Originally scheduled to open in April 2020, Authenticity and Identity is an exhibition curated by Ori Z Soltes, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Jewish Civilization, who for four decades has engaged critically with Jewish artwork, politics and culture. Under his direction, the exhibition looks at how artists respond to and reflect Jewish identity, including political exclusion, women’s issues, assimilation, cultural appropriation, and cultural identity. On view through May 14, 2021, admission was free; timed tickets required.
In the organization of this project, Ori Z. Soltes has acted as curator, researcher, and author, supported by exhibition director Robert Bettmann (of Day Eight.) The exhibition features more than 70 works of painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, including Jewish ritual objects, abstract works, portraits, public artwork maquettes, and more, created by contemporary Israeli artists, European artists, and artists from around the United States, including many from the Washington, D.C. region.
Artists in the Exhibition
Heddy Abramowitz * Dr. Barry Alpert * Michele Amira Pinczuk * Avrum Ashery * Marilyn Banner * Joe Baur * Rick Black * Adam Brown * Cassandra Clark * Deborah Addison Coburn * Kalman Gavriel Delmoor * Edna Kurtz Emmet * Zoe Feldman * Anna Fine Foer * Diane Fredgant * Barbara Gelman * Barry Goldstein * KJ Hannah Greenberg * Goldie Gross * Jonathan Hertzel * Julia Ilyutovich * Ronni Jolles * Judith Joseph * Rachel Kanter * Karey Kessler * Aaron Koster * Diana Kurz * Geoffrey Laurence * Stacy Leeman * Tanya Levina * Shelley Lowenstein * Susie Lubell * Ruth Simon McRae * Yevgeniya Pavlova * Leah Raab * Jacob Rath * Philip Ratner * Gail Rebhan * Rachel Ahava Rosenfeld * Susan Schrott * Eliyahu Shafer * Stephen Sholl * Joel Silverstein * Hillel Smith * Peter Sprung * Josh Stein * Miriam Stern * Heather Stoltz * Adrienne Torrey * Karen Warshal * Joyce Ellen Weinstein * Mil Wexler * Nona Zilberberg * Bonnie Zuckerman * Billha Zussman
The exhibition catalogue is published by Day Eight, and is available for sale from Day Eight via their online store. Copies of the printed catalogue are available for viewing at the synagogue, but the catalogue is only available for purchase online.Click to purchase the catalogue
Up to five attendees at a time are allowed to visit the exhibition in person. Attendees are required to follow all public health protocols. Click to reserve a time to visit the exhibition.The exhibition is no longer on display at Adas Israel - click to visit the online exhibition
To attend the exhibition live in person you must have a timed ticket. Attendees will only be allowed in to the exhibit at the time of the ticket to ensure a maximum of five visitors in the space at any given time. All attendees must remain socially distant, and wear masks.
This is a museum-type exhibition; none of the works on display are for sale from the synagogue. Some of the artwork may be available for purchase at the end of the exhibition directly from the artists. A list of available artworks will be provided to attendees at the exhibition-closing celebration, and to learn more and register for that event click here. A collector wishing to contact a specific artist may request contact information by email to admin (at) DayEight.org.