Saturday, July 28, 2018

Haredi-Made: inside the only gallery in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood

By Naama Riba
Moran Asraf's “Oneg Shabbat” at the 'Haredi-made' exhibit. Shlomo Shari
Jerusalem’s Art Shelter Gallery is probably the only social art gallery of its kind to operate in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood. Noa Lea Cohn, the gallery’s director and curator, is quite sure of this: “There was a similar one in Brooklyn but it closed. Let’s say chances are there isn’t another one like it.” The gallery, located in the center of the Mekor Baruch neighborhood in Jerusalem, was founded as an outlet for artists who came to realize they don’t have to choose between art and religion, Cohn explains. It was established by newly religious public figures such as (former famed actor) Uri Zohar, Mordechai Arnon and the late Yitzhak (Ika) Yisraeli, for whom the gallery was named. [More]
Noa Lea Cohn, director and curator of the Art Shelter Gallery in Jerusalem. Olivier Fitoussi. “