The Jewish 1%

Tablet Magazine has published my recent essay, The Jewish 1%. This piece delves into BOUNTY, my experiences growing up in the Jewish 1%, the need for a new discourse about Jews and money, and the time I attended summer camp with Ivanka Trump. Seriously.

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Opening of Emotional Labor

Thanks to all the friends and family who came out for the opening of Emotional Labor at American Jewish University in LA! This is my first time exhibiting on the west coast, and I’m very excited.

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LAFA!

Exciting news!! My new short screenplay, Mother Daughter Talk, has been selected by the Los Angeles Film Awards!

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I am a New Jewish Culture Fellow!

I’m so thrilled to share that I’ve been selected as one of six artists for the 2019/2020 cohort of the New Jewish Culture Fellowship!! NJCF provides support and community for artists making risk-taking Jewish arts and culture.

Since I started making work about Jewish wealth I’ve been receiving quite a bit of push-back from members of my tribe, so it’s particularly lovely to receive Jewish support for my current practice. I can’t wait to get started!!!

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Emotional Labor at AJU

Very excited to announce that I’ll be exhibiting The Age of Lefkowitz, one of my video pieces from BOUNTY, at the American Jewish University this fall! If you find yourself in Los Angeles August 25th please join me for the opening.

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My film received a NYFA grant!

I am beyond excited to announce that Eleanor of Illinois is a grant recipient from the inaugural cycle of the NYFA Made In NY Women’s Film Fund! I share this honor with the remarkably talented team who helped bring Eleanor to life. Many thanks to the mayor’s office and NYFA for supporting local women storytellers. 

 

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Eleanor Film Premiere!

VERY exciting news- my experimental short film, Eleanor of Illinois, will be premiering March 3rd at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival!!! I can not wait to share this piece on the big screen with a live audience.

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Monuments Of Paris

It took weeks of emails and phone calls, but I  *finally* have 2 panels of the Monuments of Paris wallpaper in my studio.

These are from the same batch used for the Met Museum’s William C. Williams parlor room. The panels are an exact replica of an American wallpaper produced in 1810, and I’m using them for a piece as part of my Bounty series. I’m super excited.

Many thanks to the Met Museum and my friend, the wonderful art historian Nikki Georgopulos, for much needed research help!

 

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A detail from the panels. 

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One of the panels up on the wall. 

Platter Plans

This French serving tray belonged to my great Aunt Helda. It portrays Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. When I was a kid we used it to serve bread and matzoh at family gatherings- now I have plans to transform it into a political sculpture about Ivanka and Jared...stay tuned!  

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JUDY GOLD

My Bounty video series uses sound design, animation, and voice actors to insert Jewish content into classic film depictions of wealthy melodrama. Here, Bette Davis' character from Dark Victory, socialite Judith Traherne, becomes Judith Gold.

My Short Film Is Finished!

I’m thrilled to announce that Eleanor of Illinois, a short film I wrote and directed, is finished! The film stars Broadway legend Judy Kuhn and is my most ambitious piece to date. I’m applying to film festivals now and hope to show the film later this year- stay tuned!

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Finishing Eleanor!

I am in the final stages of post-production on Eleanor of Illinois, my scripted, fine art video piece starring the insanely talented Judy Kuhn. This week I’m checking out fabric swatches for the dramatic, cinematic curtain that will frame the video. I can’t wait to install this piece in my studio!

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Ackland Museum Annual Luncheon

I was honored to give a talk on my work at the annual luncheon thrown by the Ackland Museum a few weeks ago. This ballroom at the Carolina Inn made the whole afternoon feel so glamorous! 

 

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My Time at The Ackland Museum!

Just back from a wonderful few days at the Ackland Museum in Chapel Hill, NC. So exciting to see my work, Buddy, on display there and get to teach/give a talk to the Ackland Museum community.

 

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Detail from my collage Buddy. My work can look painterly when photographed but my only materials are paper, tape, and glue.

 

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Buddy installed in the museum!

 

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I taught a workshop on my collage technique at the Ackland and the students made beautiful work! They each brought an image they wanted to remake using paper, tape, and glue.

Professional Portraits

I have a bunch of professional opportunities coming up (press, giving talks, etc) that require decent head shots of me, and the one I generally use is a selfie I took in my bathroom about 6 years ago.

Definitely time for an upgrade. So finally, this week, I got professional ones made with the fabulous/talented Mike Suber, and I am so happy with the results! You can check out Mike’s work at michaelsuberart.com.

 

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Fine Art Ketubah

 

When 2 dear friends got married they asked me to make them a fine art ketubah and this is the result- hundreds of their words to/for each other, hand cut from a single piece of 30 foot long paper ribbon, signed at the wedding, and then fashioned around a piece of copper pipe. I loved making it so much I’m going to start taking ketubah commissions! Stay tuned...

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Ketubah Detail: 

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