Saturday, July 14, 2018

Art exhibit highlighted increasing invisibility of women in Jewish media

By Leah Finkelshteyn
Jeane Vogel – View From The Women’s Section (2014)
It was Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s work Nevertheless She Persisted, at “The Invisible Jew,” an exhibit organized and sponsored by The Jewish Arts Salon which [closed on Thursday] at Detour Gallery in Redbank, NJ, that started me musing on comic books, disappearing heroes, visual signals and communal boundaries. The artist’s collage includes excerpts from comic book panels, and depicts a woman holding up a sword—shades of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Brynjegard-Bialik’s is among 38 artists from the United States, Israel and Europe, both men and women, exploring the demarcation lines of tradition, culture and Jewish law that shape the lives of Orthodox Jewish women. Indeed, there is a growing trend both in the United States and Israel to erase women from haredi print media, in the name of hyper-modesty. [More]
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s Nevertheless She Persisted