Sunday, July 21, 2013

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS 
By TAHLIB
Each day, I watch from the window of my five-story Brownstone as a small stream of bearded men, covered from head-to-toe in black clothing enter a small Orthodox synagogue across the street. Even in this week's 90-degree heat, these adherents of Hasidic Judaism wear their black (or dark blue), heavy clothing and send a message of holiness --- a message not intended for me, but for the wearer. The color is a mystical affirmation of their inner spirit. What we wear has always been symbolic, and Brooklyn-based artist Michael Levin's exploration of Hasidic dress makes this very point. What we wear is a reminder to ourselves of who we are inside, and that makes "Eidah on Agudas″ (above) from Michael Levin's "Jews of Today" series my NEWS OF WEEK.

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