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Jewish Graphic Design from the Talmud to Today

Jewish Graphic Design from the Talmud to Today

Sunday, June 23, 2013 2:00 pm

As "the people of the book," Jews have always valued text and learning. But did you know that Jews were also innovators in the design and typography of all kinds of printed materials? In conjunction with Voices & Visions™ , art historian Daniel Belasco shared a wide-ranging presentation of Jewish graphic design highlights — from the Talmud to Milton Glaser — including discussion of how visual culture activates contemporary engagement with Jewish identity.

Dr. Daniel Belasco is the Curator of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Formerly the Henry J. Leir Associate Curator at The Jewish Museum in New York, he organized exhibits including Reinventing Ritual (2009) and Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism (2010). A noted art critic, he publishes regularly in art and cultural journals and teaches contemporary art at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Voices & Visions™

In a series of 18 striking images on
view in the first-floor vestibule gallery
at Spertus Institute from May 12 through August 11, the words of
Jewish luminaries from Maimonides
to Susan Sontag are newly interpreted and graphically transformed by renowned artists and designers
such as Milton Glaser, Carin
Goldberg, and Seymour Chwast.

An initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Voices & Visions™ elicits the power of art to communicate great ideas and inspire reflection and conversation. MORE>

Image at left

"I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children"

— Talmud, Taanit 23A
Tractate of Talmud
6th century CE
Design by Mervyn Kurlansky
Graphic designer and educator