Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Jewish Museum Uses Windows for Socially Distant Art, Education

By Hannah Ray Lambert
KatM18Offser by Mel Katz, Offset, 2018. Courtesy of artist and Russo Lee Gallery (and Oregon Jewish Museum)
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “Now that I’m seeing the work up, installed, it’s even better than what I thought it would be,” artist Mel Katz said as he looked at his work on display in the windows of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE). Workers hung the anodized aluminum sculptures on Wednesday. They provide pops of bright red, blue and yellow for anyone walking past the museum while its doors remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s been incredibly difficult not to have people come into the museum,” OJMCHE director Judy Margles said. “I always say we’re social by nature, that’s what museums do, and this sort of oxymoron of social distancing is antithetical to our mission.” [More]