The featured artists’ cartographical interpretations displace the perceptions of their surroundings and create an alternative mapping to urban and organic scenery. Encouraging the viewer to look beyond geographic representations, these artists have reconfigured their environment to evoke a visceral sense of place.
Leonardo Drew has been making artwork since childhood, and first exhibited his work at the age of 13. Known for his large-scale sculptural installations in wood, Drew transforms and reconstructs raw material to resemble debris. Similarly, his works on display, made at the Pace Paper workshop in Brooklyn, test the versatility of his medium. Emulating organic forms such as soil or water from an aerial view emphasize a constructed cosmography.
Nicola López describes and restructures our contemporary, primarily urban, landscape. Her interest in defining place stems from her background in anthropology. Using the language of printmaking, López explores the human-constructed world to capture its growth, unsustainability, and tremendous potential. López’s piece, “Air,” is one out of a series of four prints, printed and published by Pace Editions. The other work is one of five editions utilizing lithography and relief processes, that was produced in collaboration with Alex Kirillov and the graduate students in the MFA Book Arts + Printmaking program at the University of the Arts.
Alex Kirillov is a professional collaborative printer, artist, and teacher. Born in Moscow, Russia, Alexander has been living in the US since 1993. Kirillov moved to Philadelphia and founded Stonefox Editions, a professional collaborative printshop that specializes in lithography. Kirillov draws inspiration from industrial topography and incorporates navigational aids and plot lines to create prints that read as maps. The directional elements stimulate a sense of place and encourage the viewer to reconsider the surrounding cityscape.
Join the Gershman Y for a one of a kind tour of this Philadelphia gem! Taking inspiration from our current Gershman Gallery exhibition, we’ll explore the architecture of PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building, one of the remaining Frank Furness designed buildings in Philadelphia and completed in 1876. Afterwards, take in the wonders of PAFA’s Permanent Collection with a focus on the Jewish artists who grace their galleries. Tour fee includes admission and guide, as well as access to galleries after the tour.
Please join our family of PJFF Sponsors and Supporters as we plan our 37th Anniversary Season, which begins November 4, 2017. Your support helps PJFF to achieve its goal of using the medium of film as a vehicle for perpetuating Jewish values, culture, and community. We can only do this with the help of generous friends like you. Please review the Supporter levels and benefits HERE. To enjoy even more benefits and go “behind the scenes” with special guests – including cast and crew members – take a look at our Sponsor levels and benefits.
In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics of collage and create your own masterpiece out of multiple images and mediums. Taking cues from our current exhibition, Anna Fine Foer: AnachroniCity, participants will learn how to use found imagery to produce a unique work of art as well as discuss image manipulation, application, and balance. Participants are encouraged to bring inspirational images for use in their personalized work! All materials included.
Pianist Regina Shenderovich returns to present her signature lecture and piano recital program. Continuing through the Jewish composer canon, Shenderovich will explore the lives and music of very talented but relatively unknown Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, older sister of the famous Felix, late 19th century Moritz Moszkowski and Aaron Copland, giant of the 20th century American music. Shenderovich earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, and received her PhD from the University of Illinois.
Our yearly culinary celebration of the potato pancake is back and better than ever! Featuring a selection of latkes with diverse flavors from Philadelphia’s top restaurants, local entertainment, hands-on activities and a few new surprises, this year’s Latkepalooza promises to be our best yet. This year’s event takes on a tasting menu format, with general admission including one latke ticket per vendor. Ages 2 – 12 receive a half sampling of latkes, ages under 2 a trio of latkes. Be sure to check our website for the delicious details and latest restaurant line-up!
Co-produced by famed comedian Cory Kahaney, the Gershman Y’s Moo Shu Jew Show returns for its 9th year. Guaranteed to fill your belly with laughs and plentiful Chinese fare, chow down on a multi-course meal in the heart of Chinatown and then wash it all down with a trio of performances from the nation’s best stand-up comedians. This year’s line-up features comedy favorites Moody McCarthy, Marla Schultz, and Brad Zimmerman. Food is not kosher, vegetarian options available.
Justin Kimball has been photographing in small towns in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio brought to the brink of obsolescence by the recent financial downturn, capturing their streets, residents, and landscapes. While imbued with social and political subtext, Kimball’s images carry a broader significance. In his depiction of communities faced with hardship, Kimball examines the persistence of hope and the concept of what it means to be human in our modern world. His photographs document a growing portion of the American landscape.