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One-night pop-up gallery at
Motor City Moishe House draws a crowd.
JASON MICK I SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
hen Moshe built the
tabernacle, he tapped
into the Divine inspiration
of the Jewish community,
which painstakingly reproduced plans for
the lavish golden menorah, beautifully
woven curtains and the bejeweled
vestments of the kohen gadol (high
priest). Approximately 2,600 years have
passed since then, but today the Jewish
community continues to be a shining
source of beauty in the world.
Late last month, Detroit's Motor City
Moishe House, a nonprofit hub of the
local young-adult Jewish community,
celebrated Judaism's tradition of
meaningful art by transforming itself
one evening into a free pop-up art
gallery, showcasing a diverse collection
of media ranging from modern painting
to glass pieces. Some of the area's best
and brightest young artists participated,
including at least six young Jewish artists.
A diverse crowd of more than a dozen
artists, hailing from such local institutions
as Wayne State University and the
College for Creative Studies, jumped at
the opportunity to exhibit their work,
free of charge, at the Motor City Moishe
Among the Jewish artists to participate
was award-winning artist/journalist
Alexis Zimberg, who was showing off
pieces from her "Post-Soviet Graffiti"
project. Jewish artist-potter and educator
Susannah Goodman was also showing
off her craft. And last, but not least,
Lauren Cohen, big sister to the Moishe
House's own Meredith Cohen, showed
off an incredibly diverse collection of
work that ranged from fashion (scarves)
to blown glass pieces.
Lisa Glazer, another Jewish artist
to exhibit at the show, displayed a
particularly poignant work: photographs
memorializing children who were killed
in the Holocaust.
"It was meaningful to me to be able
to show my work at the Moishe House,
not only because I am Jewish, but also
because I am a Jewish artist from Detroit.
I feel that the Moishe House provides
a wonderful opportunity for young,
Jewish adults to live and experience life
in our great city! I have always felt it
is important to be part of an art show
that will allow people from all different
religions and cultures to view 'Jewish'
art," she said.
"My photographs document some of
A glass sculpture created by Linda Cohen
the children that have perished
in the Holocaust. People know
about the Holocaust and may
have talked about it, but most
have not seen images of children
that were tangled up during such
a horrible and tragic time," she
Other artists included painter
and gallery owner Nivek Monet,
who displayed three large
paintings, which he said were
unfinished and in the early
Moishe House treated its
art-aficionado visitors to its
trademark hachnasat orchim
(hospitality), offering up light
dinner fare and drinks. The event
ran for several hours and saw more than
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