Our Artists and Participants

Eva Illouz Alice Agneskirchner

The 2015 Conney Conference Participants:
Andi Arnovitz
Bill Aron
Helène Aylon
Stacie Chaiken
Robert Eisenman
Josh Feldman
Jill Fields
Anat Gilboa
Ken Goldman
Karen Goodman
Richard Hecht
Gilah Yelin Hirsch
Andrea Hodos
Anne Hromadk
Judith Brin Ingber
Naomi Jackson
Jeremy Kagan
Tara Kohn
Hannah Kosstrin:
Rachel Kupferman
Sophia Levine
Joshua Lander
Dvora Liss
Rick Lupert
Eric Owen Moss
Itamar Paloge
Rebecca Pappas
Sagi Refael
Janice Ross
Henia Rottenberg
Ben Schachter
Alexandra Schilling
Hannah Schwadron
Lidia Shaddow
Doni Silver Simons
Hillel Smith
Nina Spiegel
Miriam Heller Stern
Elke Sudin
Saul Sudin
Craig Taubman
Russell Thomsen
Jesse Zaritt
Jana Zimmer

Jaime Gesundheit
Susie Gesundheit
Jan Handtmann
Ellen Lee
David Lee
Gayle Garner Roski
Ruth Weisberg
Freddie Rokem
Galit Hasan Rokem
David Mendelsson
Barak Marshall
Sayed Kashua
Miri Chais
Peter Cole
Alicia Ostriker

Yossi Shain
Assaf Shelleg
Meir Shalev
Amir Or
Bill Cutter

Sharon Lockhart
Noa Eshkol
Ofri Cnaani
Peter Adams
Shahar Shilo
Savyon Liebrecht

Past and Future Collaborators

Los Angeles Printmaking Society
LAPS is a national non-profit artist run organization based in Los Angeles, California. They are dedicated to the encouragement of printmaking, the interests of artists who make prints, and the general advancement of printmaking in public awareness and education. LAPS co-sponsored and participated in the Layers of Identity exhibitionwhich began in Santa Monica at the Arena One Gallery in August, 2014 and travelled to Jerusalem for an exhibition at the Jerusalem Print Workshop through February 2015.

The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI)
An artist-run organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community. JAI helped organize the Layers of Identity II exhibitionwhich opened in Los Angeles and travelled to the Jerusalem Print Workshop in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jewish Art Salon
The Jewish Art Salon is an international artists & scholars community that promotes understanding and appreciation of contemporary Jewish visual art. They provide important resources and programs that develop lasting partnerships with artists and the general public.

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts
Founded in 1979, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts has presented major exhibitions of important modern and contemporary European, American, and Latin American artists. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts has hosted many of our events, including An Evening of Poetry with Alicia Ostriker and Peter Cole on October 30th, 2014.

The Jerusalem Print Workshop
The Jerusalem Print Workshop is a center dedicated to the promotion and fostering of the art of printmaking. The workshop was founded in 1974 by Arik Kilemnik as a non-profit organization for the public’s benefit. Since 1977 the workshop is located in a picturesque building from the Ottoman period, on Morasha neighborhood on the seam line between east and west Jerusalem.  The USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities has fostered a strong international relationship with The Jerusalem Print Workshop, collaborating on exhibitions such as Layers of Identity II. 

Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies
Located at the University of Wisconsin, the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies brings together a variety of disciplines to study and interpret Jewish and ancient Israelite history, religion, politics, society, and culture. 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 from March 24th-March 26th. The theme of the conference was “Jewish/American/Israeli: Intertwined Identities in the Contemporary Arts and Humanities.”

Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art
One of 33 chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art, the leading national organization for women actively engaged in the visual arts professions and an affiliated society of the College Art Association.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners.

Campus Partners

Roski School of Art and Design 
A supportive environment for experimentation in visual art of all media, the school encourages interdisciplinary, progressive approaches to studio art, design, curatorial practice, and critical studies. The Roski School of Art and Design is where the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities operates.

Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
HUC-JIR is a religious and scholarly learning community dedicated to developing Jewish professional and lay leaders to transmit and apply to contemporary life the sustaining values, responsibilities and texts of Jewish tradition. Hebrew Union College has been a long-time partner, collaborating and co-sponsoring many events with us, such as lectures with speakers Bill Cutter and David Mendelsson.

USC Hillel
Hillel’s Mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. USC Hillel has partnered with the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities on multiple occasions in bringing speakers and events to USC’s campus. We co-hosted lectures, film screenings, and conferences, most notably the 2015 Conney Conference.

USC Visions and Voices
USC Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. Highlighting USC’s excellence in the arts and humanities, the initiative provides an inspiring and provocative experience for all USC students. The USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities co-sponsored with USC Visions and Voices a performance with choreographer Barak Marshall from the BODYTRAFFIC.

Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies
The USC Max Kade Institute is a research center devoted to German and European studies. Institute programs cover German and European studies broadly defined, but its main areas of emphasis include: exile studies, Cold War studies; German history, film, and aesthetics; and contemporary German and European affairs. We collaborated in hosting talks on Leon Feuchtwanger in Weimar Germany, and Bertolt Brecht in Germany, Palestine and Southern California. The talks were entitled ‘Dramas of Exile: Feuchtwanger and Brecht.’ 

USC Casden Institute
The Casden Institute supports research that aims to spur dialogue and achieve greater understanding not only about what it means to be Jewish in America but what it means to be American in a pluralistic society. We co-sponsored the 2015 Nemer Lecture Series with the USC Casden Institute, featuring Dr. Eva Illouz, professor of sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is the President of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences 
The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences plays an integral role in the intellectual life of our academic community. We collaborated with the Creative Writing Program at Dornsife College to bring Israeli Poet Amir Or to USC’s campus for a poetry reading and reception.

Fisher Museum of Art
The USC Fisher Museum of Art, an American Alliance of Museums (AAM)–accredited museum, offers the USC community and the public a variety of changing exhibitions in contemporary and historical art forms. We collaborated with the USC Fisher Museum on many occasions, most recently 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.”

Thornton School of Music 
The USC Thornton School of Music presents more than 500 student and faculty performances throughout the year, both on and off campus. Ensembles offer a variety of vocal and instrumental music in a broad range of musical styles. The Thornton School of Music co-sponsored an event with us bringing Assaf Shelleg, an Israeli musicologist and pianist to USC to present on Israeli Choral Music and the Music of the Holocaust at the Thornton School of Music.

School of Architecture 
Established in 1916, the School of Architecture today boasts an unparalleled legacy of enlightened direction, originality, and commitment to the fundamental issues of design and professional excellence in a rapidly changing world.

School of Cinematic Arts 
Various departments within the School of Cinematic Arts conduct special seminars and screenings featuring distinguished filmmakers and scholars.

School of Dramatic Arts 
The USC School of Dramatic Arts presents performances for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, as well as many Los Angeles theatregoers. New and contemporary plays, innovative productions of classical works, and a spring musical are featured each year.

Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education 
Dedicated to research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education houses a vast collection of Holocaust materials, including 52,000 testimonies of survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust.