10/5/15: Ruth Weisberg: Imaginary Space for Memories

Huffpost Arts and Culture – October 5, 2015- Lita Barrie

Ruth Weisberg: Imaginary Space for MemoriesMemories take center stage in Ruth Weisberg’s dreamlike images, recalling Gaston Bachelard’s philosophic premise in The Poetics of Space that “something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images.” Weisberg opens the curtains to the theatrical space of her imagination — casting herself, her daughter, her son and her daughter-in-law in the central roles. In this imaginary space, she and the people she loves play the roles of historic figures who lost their lives in historic tragedies and figures in old master paintings she has loved since childhood. The tenderness of her portrayal of the people closest to her, re-imagined in a distant past, brings history to life with new allegorical fictions about the psychological world of her relationships to those she most loves.

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Ruth Weisberg: The Adventure of Living In Between

Huffington Post – July 23, 2015 – John Seed

Ruth Weisberg: The Adventure of Living In BetweenIf you look over the biography of artist Ruth Weisberg you will note that she was born and raised in Chicago. After earning a BA and an MA in Michigan, where she also taught, Ruth moved to Southern California in 1969 where she has lived since. Ruth has also spent time overseas, including three formative years in Italy between the ages of 17 and 21, as a student at the Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia.

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USC’s Ruth Weisberg honored with esteemed printmaking award

Arts Meme – March 20 2015 – Debra Levine

USC’s Ruth Weisberg honored with esteemed printmaking awardVery pleased to share news that Ruth Weisberg, who is professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School, and currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, is 2015 recipient of the SGC International Printmaker Emeritus Award.

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Conney Conference poses a question that may have no answer

Jewish Journal – March 18, 2015 – Tess Cutler

The Conney Conference Jewish/American/Israeli: Intertwined Identities in the Contemporary Arts and HumanitiesIs there such a thing as Jewish art?

The 2015 Conney Conference will pose  and hope to answer that question during its three-day swan-dive into Jewish arts at USC, March 24-26. Programs include panel discussions, art exhibitions and performances by an array of artists tackling the topic.

Spoken-word poet Rick Lupert of poetrysuperhighway.com answered the question with a definitive: “Yes. Period.” Lupert will be performing with composer and song-leader Craig Taubman on the evening of March 25. “Jewish art must exist because people are creating Jewish art,” the poet said matter-of-factly; he will perform one of his poems, titled “Unrequited Potato,” about waking up to the smell of latkes in the morning — an undeniably Jewish poem.

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Graffiti artists draw on Jewish roots

Jewish Journal – March 18, 2015 – Avishay Artsy

Graffiti artists draw on Jewish roots

From left: Itamar Paloge and Hillel Smith take a break from painting a mural at the Silverlake Independent JCC. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Over the past week, two graffiti artists have been applying layers of bright orange and blue paint to an outdoor wall of the Silverlake Independent JCC. Hillel Smith, a native Angeleno, and Itamar Paloge, a Tel Aviv-based artist, met a year ago through their shared interest in street art. Now they’re creating Jewish-themed murals across Los Angeles.

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UW Jewish art conference goes west, focuses on Israel

Jewish Chronicle – February 27th, 2015 – Leon Cohen

Doug Rosenberg

Douglas Rosenberg

“We wish there was something like this where we were.”

So artists and scholars of Jewish art have been saying to Douglas Rosenberg, founding director of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts at the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As he told The Chronicle in a Feb. 18 telephone interview, these artists and scholars were talking about the Conney Conference on Jewish Arts, which has been held every two years at UW-Madison.

The project, founded in 2005 via a gift from Babe and Marv Conney, will celebrate its tenth year at the coming conference, scheduled for March 24-26. But this conference is going to be different from past ones in many ways.

For one, it won’t be at UW-Madison, but at the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles.

This is the outcome of a suggested collaboration with Rosenberg by Ruth Weisberg, founder of the USC Roski School of Art and Design and of the USC Initiatives for Israeli Arts and Humanities, which is co-sponsoring the conference.

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Israel trip inspires art

Jewish Journal – February 5, 2014 – Evan Henerson

Exhibiting artists, from left: David Lee, Ellen Lee, Gayle Garner Roski, Ruth Weisberg, Jan Handtmann, Susie Gesundheit and Jaime Gesundheit. Photo courtesy of USC Hillel

Exhibiting artists, from left: David Lee, Ellen Lee, Gayle Garner Roski, Ruth Weisberg, Jan Handtmann, Susie Gesundheit and Jaime Gesundheit. Photo courtesy of USC Hillel

In organizing a 12-day trip to Israel with a group of friends last May, USC Professor Ruth Weisberg made certain that her itinerary included historic sites, cultural events and meals in the homes of friends. She also blocked out at least four hours daily for her fellow travelers to draw, paint or sketch.

“We drew every day,” said Weisberg, director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. “It was not a trip for everyone. It was a trip for people who really wanted to work.”

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Israel’s arts, humanities: At USC, it’s academic

Jewish Journal – July 10, 2013 – Tom Tugend

Ruth Weisberg Photo courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Ruth Weisberg Photo courtesy of Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

About a year ago, it struck Ruth Weisberg, a professor of fine arts at USC, that not a single American university program focuses on Israel’s contributions in the arts and humanities.

“By contrast, there are some 17 centers at major U.S. academic institutions examining the country from geopolitical, historical, demographic and other perspectives,” said Weisberg, an artist widely exhibited and honored for her paintings, drawings, prints, lithographs and monotypes.

“Culture has always been an Israeli priority, even when the country’s survival was at stake,” Weisberg said. “There is no better way to understand Israelis than through their literature, music, theater, dance, films, architecture and visual arts,” she added…

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California artists take working tour of Israel

June 25, 2013 – Israel 21C – Abigail Klein Leichman

Prof. Ruth Weisberg at the Jerusalem Printmaking Workshop. Photo by Jaime Gesundheit

Prof. Ruth Weisberg at the Jerusalem Printmaking Workshop. Photo by Jaime Gesundheit

“We’ve come here to draw,” declared Prof. Ruth Weisberg, who led a group of artist and architect colleagues on a recent working trip to Israel under the aegis of the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Weisberg, a former dean of USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts, founded and directs the school’s new Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities.

An exhibition of works resulting from the trip will be displayed at the USC-Hillel Art Gallery in mid-November through early 2014.

“I had traveled with a group of artist friends related to the Roski School in Italy, Norway and China to respond to landscapes and cityscapes through drawing,” the frequent visitor to Israel tells ISRAEL1c. “I wanted to carry on the tradition here. Israel is extremely vibrant intrinsically, and also from my perspective I want people to have positive experiences of Israel. This is a wonderful way to introduce the country to people.”

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