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

We are happy to share the recording of the AWE panel which explored hidden layers of literature and paintings. Christian Grusq, President of the American Institute for Levinassian Studies, moderated 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 and 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. This event took place on September 7th, 2017 at American Jewish University.

University of Amsterdam SHARES their bright student WITH PROJECT AWE internship program

"My dream is to work with artists, writers and filmmakers and use my knowledge about Western Esotericism to help develop meaningful concepts and illustrate them with historically accurate details" shared Gypsy van Melle Seaton. In order to make this dream a reality she is joining Project AWE’s team as a research assistant for the 2017 spring internship program.  This internship is part of her studies at the the University of Amsterdam (UVA’s) graduate program for a Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies: Western Esotericism.

Gypsy discovered her passion for Western Esotericism through her lifelong fascination with art and design. Her particular interest in the junction between art, mathematics and esotericism developed while she was studying Product Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The creative and technical aspects of her background as a designer have provided her with an original perspective within the academic framework of Western Esotericism. She has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a minor in Western Esotericism at the University of Amsterdam (UVA).

This internship is made possible with the generous support of the Bekker-La Bastide Fund, the Amsterdam University Fund, and the Horizon Fund.

Young artist program (y.a.p.) student receives presidential scholarship

We are happy to announce the acceptance of project AWE's young artist Joshua Martin to Otis Art Institute, a premier art school. Due to the extraordinary quality of his admissions portfolio Joshua has been awarded a prestigious Presidential Scholarship for four years of his undergraduate studies. It has been a pleasure mentoring this bright young artist and we look forward to following Joshua's achievements in the Arts.

More about project AWE Young Artist Program (Y.A.P.):


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Follow the clues in the work of great masters where secret magic of art and alchemy is stored and revealed.

Project AWE creates a collaborative public program with the Jewish federation

Thursday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Jewish Federation 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 761-8000

About the Program:

Learn about SKIN-4, an innovative art project on a mission to explore and express visual memories of immigrant ancestry, through this compelling conversation between renowned painter Zhenya Gershman, internationally acclaimed photographer Michele Mattei, and Oscar nominated filmmaker Carlos A. Hurtado.

This panel discussion focuses on blurring the accepted boundary between past and present, living and dead, still and animate, 'me' and 'us'.

An art viewing follows the program.

  • FREE Reservations recommended

    Please note: All unclaimed reserved tickets for FREE programs may be released 15 minutes before the event’s scheduled start time and made available to other patrons. We highly recommend arriving early to prevent the loss of your reservation.



Enthralls with Superb Artistry... Not only does the artist possess the physical skills necessary to vault her to the top of the profession, but she has a rare sense of inner beauty which she is able to convey in her playing. Listening and watching Polina Osetinskaya play is like a breath of fresh air.
— Entertainment News & Views

WATCH: Polina Osetinskaya Perform Debussy Suite Bergamasque 


Exclusive piano recital in a Private Home, Encino, CA.
Wednesday, February 25th, 7:30 pm
seating is limited, suggested donation $50 
To RESERVE your tickets please contact
Y.A.P. creates a support system for young talent and aims to raise scholarship funds helping the students transition to Art College - making it possible for their dreams to become a career.
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project AWE received a Grant for SKIN-4 from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, in partnership with Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Jewish Agency for Israel.  To learn more about this exciting project please click here to read...

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"The Secret of the Magic Flute: Western Music & Esotericism"

By Maria Danova (Translator & Independent Scholar), in collaboration with Zhenya Gershman (Artist & Art Historian, co-Founder of project AWE)

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
— Ludwig van Beethoven

This cycle of essays is dedicated to the connections between music and esotericism, concentrating primarily on the Western musical tradition from Antiquity to the present day. It seems to us that this fascinating topic has been underrated by music historians and theoreticians as yet. Our conviction is that works of art, be it in music, literature, or painting, should be examined not only from the sociological or historical points of view, but, perhaps more importantly, from an esoteric one, as a reflection of the eternal human quest for Higher Truth. If we choose the latter method, new depths begin to reveal themselves to us in the works that we previously considered perfectly transparent, and we can witness supreme universal logic where we only used to notice composer's whimsical individuality, however ingenious it might sometimes be. Naturally, this series does not claim to be exhaustive, but we hope that these texts will at least shed some primal light on the path which the reader will then have to walk further independently, with his or her own torch. 
in memory of Leonid Matsikh
click here to read the first article in this series.

Artist, you are a mage: art is the great mystery, it only proves our immortality.
— Joséphin Péladan, L’Art Idealiste et Mystique, 1894

Image, top of the page: Joseph Ducreux, Le Discret (detail), c.1790, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas