The Conney Conference Jewish / American / Israeli: Intertwined Identities in the Contemporary Arts and Humanities

March 24th-26th 2015

The Conney Conference Jewish/American/Israeli: Intertwined Identities in the Contemporary Arts and Humanities The 2015 Conney Conference was held at USC and co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin’s George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. The theme of the conference was “Jewish / American / Israeli: Intertwined Identities in the Contemporary Arts and Humanities.” The Conney Conference took place over three days and included a very impressive list of international artists and speakers, including keynotes by noted Israeli Artist Andi Arnovitz and Professor Janice Ross from Stanford University.

Screening of “An Apartment in Berlin,” a film by Alice Agneskirchner

March 12th, 2015

Screening of “An Apartment in Berlin,” a film by Alice Agneskirchner The USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities co-sponsored with the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies a screening of “An Apartment in Berlin,” a film by Alice Agneskirchner in Taper Hall from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

The 2015 Jerome Nemer Lecture

January 25th, 2015

The 2015 Jerome Nemer LectureWe co-sponsored the 2015 Nemer Lecture Series with the USC Casden Institute for the study of the Jewish Role in American Life. Eva Illouz, the President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and Professor of Sociology at Hebrew University spoke on the theme “At the Heart of Israel: Romantic Love as Politics by Other Means.” A commentary followed by respondent Dani Lainer-Vos, Professor of Sociology. The reception took place at 4:45PM and the lecture at 5:30PM at Town and Gown, USC University Park Campus.

Exhibition of Layers of Identity II at the Jerusalem Print Workshop

December 18th, 2014

Exhibition of Layers of Identity II at the Jerusalem Print WorkshopThe Jerusalem exhibition of Layers of Identity II opened and ran through February 12, 2015 at the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Jerusalem, Israel. This group exhibition of printmaking began in Santa Monica at the Arena One Gallery in August, 2014. Both exhibits were organized collaboratively by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society, and the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI is a networking organization for Jewish affiliated artists in the Los Angeles region).  Sixty-four original graphics employing various combinations of print techniques, including intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linocut, collagraph and serigraph as well as monotype and cyanotype were included. We were particularly honored that the First Lady of Israel, the wife of Reuven Rivlin, was in attendance at the special lecture delivered by the Curator Donna Stein

The Tallit and the Beach Towel

November 13th, 2013

The Tallit and the Beach TowelLecture with Professor Bill Cutter at 7:00pm at Hebrew Union College. Professor Cutter shared poetry and explored contemporary meanings in biblical stories through his talk “The Tallit and the Beach Towel: Thoughts on how sacred meets the profane in contemporary Israeli Poetry.”

An evening with two celebrated poets Peter Cole and Alicia Ostriker

October 30th, 2014

An evening with two celebrated poets Peter Cole and Alicia Ostriker We hosted an evening with poets Peter Cole and Alicia Ostriker at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts. Israel based poet Peter Cole is the author of four books of poems, most recently The Invention of Influence. Alicia Ostriker was twice a finalist for the National Book Award, and read from her published work The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award.

Miri Chais: Re:Mind

 October 7th, 2014

Miri Chais: Re:MindWe collaborated with the USC Fisher Museum to host Los Angeles based Israeli artist Miri Chais and Fisher Curator Ariadni Liokatis, for a conversation and walk through of her exhibition “Miri Chais: Re:Mind.” This was a site specific sculptural and video-based installation, inspired by recent brain researches and future possibilities for manipulation and altering.

Opening Reception for the ‘LAYERS OF IDENTITY II’ Exhibition

August 16th 2014

Exhibition of Layers of Identity II at the Jerusalem Print WorkshopThis is the second half of an exchange exhibition co-sponsored and coordinated by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS) the Jewish Arts Initiative (JAI) and the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. Curator Donna Stein is Associate Director of the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War in Culver City.  She has worked as an art historian and curator for more than 30 years, moving between Los Angeles and New York City, Europe and Asia. Stein’s talk on Saturday, August 16th at 3:00 pm will present an overview of the exhibited original graphics.

Sayed Kashua on Literature and Television

April 3rd, 2014

Sayed Kashua on Literature and Television Israeli Arab author and journalist and creator of the Israeli Television Series, Arab Labor, spoke at USC Hillel on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00pm. The subject was both his television program and his writing. A ten-minute excerpt was shown of Arab Labor and Sayed Kashua spoke about the autobiographical aspects of this sitcom.

BODYTRAFFIC

March 27th, 2014

BODYTRAFFICThe USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities co-sponsored with USC Visions and Voices a performance with choreographer Barak Marshall, presenting excerpts from the ballets ‘Monger’ and ‘The Green Bride.’ The BODYTRAFFIC dance company performed these major contemporary pieces in Bovard Auditorium. Following the performance was a Q&A with Barak Marshall and several of the dancers.