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Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum: ‘Chutzpah as Art Practice’

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Greensboro Project Space will host interdisciplinary artist Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem for an artist talk and generative conversation that will become the foundation of the Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum (GCJM), a pop-up collaborative museum opening at Greensboro Project Space in February.

Students and faculty in the Jewish Studies Program and College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will participate in creating the museum, in cooperation with the general Jewish public. The introduction to the GCJM will include discussion of participatory practices that will make the museum available to the broad public.

Focusing on object as agent of faith, the Museum will house, in both a central and decentralized model, household/ everyday objects that facilitate contemporary Jewish practice and faith in its varied forms.

Kedem’s work addresses issues of power and privilege and engages institutional critique as a practice of imagining new possibilities, often through publicly generated solutions. She will discuss the arc of her work through the lens of Judaism, indigeneity, women, erasure, and re-insertion.  is a social practice artist, Torah scribe, curator and educator. Her work investigates Jewish ritual practice and object through a feminist gaze. She reinvents traditional rituals and the objects that activate them by reinserting both, with new forms, into familiar contexts.

The event is presented by UNCG’s Jewish Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, and College of Visual and Performing Arts with generous support from the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment, and the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment.

Greensboro Project Space is located at 219 West Lewis St. in downtown Greensboro.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ellen Haskell, UNCG Religious Studies, at edhaskel@uncg.edu.

By Susan Kirby-Smith