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Fran Gallun, Multiple Walls, 2009, monoprint with cut painted paper collage, india ink, gouache, 28x35 inches

You don’t have to be Jewish–Fran Gallun at PMJA

Fran Gallun’s shimmering landscapes are showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. What’s that? you ask. It’s the art museum in Rodeph Shalom, which has put on some swell shows in the past. This show, Imagining Israel, is another reason to revisit (or visit) the place. You may have seen some of this work in her recent solo show at Rosenfeld Gallery, and some in a 2009 solo show (reviewed on artblog) at Fleisher Art Memorial, where she has been teaching for 25 years. Gallun’s landscape abstractions, spiritual quests for connection to ancestors and the land, have a Turner-like ability ... More » »

Leslie Sudock, detail, Seyag ha'shoshanim (Hedge of Roses), 2009, knitted and fulled wool and mohair, china silk and silk organza, 10 x 31 inches plus cords approx. 75 inches long uncoiled

Wimpel! Wrapped Wishes at the PMJA

Traditionally when we talk about fiber, we talk about not just its drape but also about its hand. Fiber is mostly meant to be touched. And if you come from a long line of Jews, from a people who have historically long been in the rag and clothing trades, when you see a piece of fabric, you have an urge to “feel the goods.” So it’s not surprising that these were thoughts I had when I went to Wimpel! Wrapped Wishes, a small fiber-based show of 12 works at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art in Rodeph Shalom Synagogue on ... More » »