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by Daniel Belasco
With contributions by Arnold M. Eisen, Julie Lasky, Danya Ruttenberg and Tamar Rubin
A guidebook to the most current trends in contemporary Jewish art and design, Reinventing Ritual provides an unprecedented look at the work and thought of contemporary artists. Beautifully illustrated with new art from Israel, Europe and the Americas, this publication features both traditional and avant-garde sculpture, textiles, architecture, metalwork and ceramics by 40 leading artists.
Author Daniel Belasco surveys current trends in Jewish ritual art and the influences of feminism, environmentalism, multiculturalism and new media; Julie Lasky provides a groundbreaking discussion of the role of recycling and social consciousness in contemporary Jewish design; Danya Ruttenberg, a rabbi, offers a lively perspective on the constantly evolving Jewish impulse "to concretize the encounter with the Divine"; Arnold M. Eisen writes an absorbing and personal commentary on the role of ritual in Jewish life today; and Tamar Rubin contributes an illustrated timeline covering key Jewish cultural and historical events from 1994 to 2008.
Daniel Belasco was the Henry J. Leir Assistant Curator at The Jewish Museum. Arnold M. Eisen is the Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Julie Lasky is editor of Change Observer, an online magazine about design and social impact. Tamar Rubin was the curatorial program associate at The Jewish Museum from 2006 to 2008. Danya Ruttenberg is the author of Surprised by God.