Depicting The Invisible in Art
Oct
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

Depicting The Invisible in Art

From ancient Fayum portraits to Rembrandt’s ever-present subjects we will witness how through the vehicle of art, invisible, impalpable, transient concepts are formulated into concrete, physical, enduring objects. This lecture demonstrates various artistic techniques which attempt to preserve the fleeting and the incorporeal in an appropriate tangible form.

Presented by Zhenya Gershman, an internationally renowned artist and Rembrandt scholar, who has worked for over a decade in the J. Paul Getty Museum and is an alumnae of AJU's Institute for Creativity's Inquiry Fellowship.

Mummy portrait of bearded man, encaustic on wood, circa 2nd century AD, Royal Museum of Scotland

Mummy portrait of bearded man, encaustic on wood, circa 2nd century AD, Royal Museum of Scotland

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 Kafka & Rembrandt: Hidden Poetics, Alterity in Literature & Art
Sep
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Kafka & Rembrandt: Hidden Poetics, Alterity in Literature & Art

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Rembrandt van Rijn, "Belshazzar's Feast" (detail), National Gallery, London

Rembrandt van Rijn, "Belshazzar's Feast" (detail), National Gallery, London

This panel will explore hidden layers of literature and paintings. By focusing on works of art by Rembrandt Van Rijn and Franz Kafka, we will discover these men's unique ways of creating through mystification, concealment and parable, and learn how their artworks are connected to Jewish philosophy.

Christian Grusq, President of the American Institute for Levinassian Studies, will moderate the discussion between the two speakers:
 

Andreas Kilcher, professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, a prominent scholar of German-Jewish literature and culture.

 

 

Zhenya Gershman, an internationally renowned artist and Rembrandt scholar, who has worked for over a decade in the J. Paul Getty Museum and is an alumnae of AJU's Institute for Creativity's Inquiry Fellowship.

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Dürer’s Art of Revelation: Revelation of Dürer’s Art
May
27
8:15pm 8:15pm

Dürer’s Art of Revelation: Revelation of Dürer’s Art

Albrecht Dürer’s legendary engraving Melencolia § I (1514) is a quintessential work of art that has captivated the greatest minds across centuries. In this unique presentation, Gershman demonstrates for the first time that Melancolia § I is a complex visual synthesis reflecting Dürer’s knowledge of Christian Kabbalah and Natural Magic.

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