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Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life

September 13, 2009 - February 7, 2010


Studio Armadillo
Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life surveys the explosion of new Jewish rituals, art, and objects that has occurred since the mid-1990s. This period is defined by the urge to discover beauty and meaning in first premises--the roots and ruptures--when ritual could be radical. This attitude of innovation is shared by a wide range of artists inclusive of generation, nationality, and religion. Contemporary artists and designers focus on Judaism as a lived experience by transforming the physical acts of ritual into new forms.

Outstanding works of industrial design, metalwork, ceramics, video, drawing, comics, sculpture, installation, and textiles from Europe, Israel, and North America reveal the diversity within Judaism. The exhibition will present works in thematic groups and environments that suggest the spaces and situations in which ritual is performed.

Go behind the scenes of the exhibition: Read the Blog >

Virgil Marti
Matthew McCaslin
Marit Meisler
Alix Mikesell
Rachel Moses
Norm Paris
Reddish Studio
Karim Rashid
Tracy Rolling
Galya Rosenfeld
Ross Barney Architects
Barbara Rushkoff
Anika Smulovitz
Sari Srulovitch
Studio Armadillo
Liora Taragan
Ezri Tarazi
Adam Tihany
Suzanne Treister
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Lella Vignelli
JT Waldman
Tobaron Waxman
Allan Wexler
Martin Wilner
Talila Abraham
Jonathan Adler
Cheselyn Amato
Oreet Ashery
Sarah Auslander
Bruria Avidan
Helène Aylon
Sahar Batsry
Francisca Benitez
Michael Berkowitz
Johanna Bresnick
Alexis Canter
Michael Cloud
Michele Oka Doner
Ami Drach
Dov Ganchrow
Hadassa Goldvicht
Joseph Grand
Deborah Grant
Mila Tanya Griebel
Steven N. Handel
Johnathan Hopp
Rachel Kanter
Tobi Kahn
Tamara Kostianovsky
Sigalit Landau
Eran Lederman
Elan Leor
View the Online Gallery & Videos >

Reinventing Ritual: Oreet Ashery
Oreet Ashery (British, b. Jerusalem 1966)
Dancing with Men, 2003/2008
DVD, sound, 5 min. 22 sec.
Courtesy of the artist, London
Reinventing Ritual: Michele Oka Doner
Michele Oka Doner (American, b. 1945)
Original Cup, 2009
Silver: cast and hand-worked
2 3/4 x 6 x 4 3/4 in. (7 x 15.2 x 12.1 cm)
Commissioned by The Jewish Museum,
New York

Exhibition Design
The eco-Bauhaus exhibition design by Incorporated Architecture and Design magnifies awareness of the most innovative and contemporary elements of the artworks and embodies the old modernist ideals of the rational building stripped of ornament, combined with the postmodernist values of environmentalism and sustainability.
Floor Plans (PDF)
Elevations (PDF)
Case Design (PDF)

Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life is presented simultaneously with Rite Now: Sacred and Secular in Video.


Panel Discussion
The Rite Stuff: Design And Modern Observance (10/22/2009)
Dorothy Twining Globus, Allan Wexler, Jonathan Adler, moderated by Julie Lasky

NPR Morning Edition
Exhibit Re-Imagines Jewish Ritual (12/11/2009)

Reinventing Ritual will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, and a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Julie Lasky, Danya Ruttenberg, Arnold Eisen, and Daniel Belasco was published in partnership with Yale University Press.

Studio Armadillo

Studio Armadillo: Hadas Kruk (Israeli, b. 1970) and Anat Stein (Israeli, b. 1972)
Hevruta-Mituta, 2007
Plastic chess board and thirty-two knitted skullcaps
2 1/4 x 25 x 25 in. (5.7 x 63.5 x 63.5 cm)
Courtesy of the artists, Tel Aviv

Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life is made possible through the generosity of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, the Leir Charitable Foundations, and the Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation. Additional support was provided through the Melva Bucksbaum Fund for Contemporary Art and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

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