RE:Formation of the Jewish Body

Curator: Sagi Refael

February 18 – May 8, 2018

The Project Room will launch with “RE:Formation of the Jewish Body,” curated by Los Angeles-based, Israeli art historian Sagi Refael. The exhibition explores the cultural perception and transformation of the Jewish male body via its emergence in pop culture and media, modernist and contemporary art, as well as ephemera and sports, from the early twentieth century to the present.

This visual path of representations begins with biblical figures; traverses the character of the “Wandering Jew” and the “Shtetl Jew” in European culture, which was perceived as weak, feminine and defeated; explores the active, confident “Muscle Jews,” conceived by early Zionist thinking; and addresses the contemporary subversive representations of sensual and even taboo-breaking contemporary Jewish masculinities in both American and Israeli cultures.

Artists include Zachary Balber, Salvador Dali, Mati Elmaliach, Ted Gilien, Austin Grodinger, Alon Kedem, Saul Raskin, Melver Unter, Ron Winter, Sara Wallach, Gil Yefman, and more.