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The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation

The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation

November 27, 2007 to April 13, 2008

“The New Authentics” are 21st-century American Jews. Free to choose their affiliations, they are Jewish culturally, religiously, spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, partially, biologically, or invisibly. The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation, curated by Spertus Museum Senior Curator Staci Boris, explored contemporary notions of Jewish identity through the work of 16 artists living in the United States. Engaged in the global art community, these artists inserted traces of, consciously draw from, or directly address their experiences as Jews, and they were brought together here for the first time in a Jewish context. Their work demonstrated how today, associations with Jewish culture intermingle with issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, politics, history, and nationality, posing questions, challenging boundaries, and defying easy definition.

Images left to Right: Shoshana Dentz home lands #13, 2004 Oil and gouache on canvas | Ludwig Schwarz, Untitled (Wiggles #2), 2003 Oil on canvas | Shoshanna Weinberger Strange Fruit, 2005 Gouache and collage on paper

Artists: David Altmejd, Cheselyn Amato, Johanna Bresnick, Shoshana Dentz, Lilah Freedland, Matthew Girson, Karl Haendel, Laura Kina, Fawn Krieger, Jin Meyerson, Collier Schorr, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Ludwig Schwarz, Joel Tauber, Shoshanna Weinberger, and Jennifer Zackin.