Monday, November 23, 2015

When our art poses a challenge to the Orthodox

By Joshua Furst

NEW YORK---(T)he curators of the Jewish Museum, have a difficult job. They can’t help but recognize the limitations of revisiting the same narrow band of Jewish tropes with each and every show they present. There are only so many fresh ways to revisit the Holocaust, the Jewish immigrant experience, the biblical stories, the Diaspora, etc., etc., etc. But still, they must respect the mission of the institution to look at art through a Jewish lens. “Unorthodox,” the group exhibition that currently sprawls across the entire main floor of the museum, could be read as a their bid to square this circle. Most of the 55 artists represented in the show aren’t even Jewish. [link]