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August 12, 2016  RSS feed

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Jewish art history program offered in Brandon

A lecture and slide program on Jewish art history, presented by Susan Fader, will be offered at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m.

Fader grew up surrounded by paintings and sculptures and is a life-long professional artist with a degree from Philadelphia College of Art.

Born in the Bronx, she was later raised in Newton, MA. Prior to receiving her degree, she attended Rhode Island School of Design. Before retiring in Florida, with her husband, she owned and operated three art-related businesses. She now enjoys working as a staff art instructor in a 55 and older community. In addition, she teaches art at libraries and other adult education programs.

“Art history has a power that goes beyond traditional history. Directly connecting the artists’ art with the historical events surrounding them adds another dimension to how one thinks about history and a deeper understanding of mankind,” Fader said.

Her chronological examination of Jewish art history will begin with a look at the origins of Jewish art and how the Second Commandment (against making a graven image) played a role in its evolution. The program will begin with ceremonial objects, mosaics, haggadah and illuminated manuscripts created by Jewish craftsmen.

Essential to the overall study of Jewish art, Fader will address Jewish art created by artists from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. After speaking about those important artists, the focus will turn to the 1930s. The program will include information on artists of victims and survivors of World War II and how their art reflects their individual experiences. Included in this portion of the talk will be the work of well-known artists, and the poignant art of others less known. Fader is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Years after coming to the United States, her parents became art dealers and collectors.

The presentation will end with a look at artwork by Jewish artists of the 1950s to present time. Their art will provide an understanding of how Jewish culture and history continues to be expressed through their work. A recommended reading, and a list of the artists discussed will be available to attendees. There is no cost for admission, but a donation to Congregation Beth Shalom is suggested.

Those interested in attending this presentation should contact the Beth Shalom office at (813) 681-6547 or Sheila Fishman at (813) 833-7843. Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Road in Brandon.

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