Jewish women came even later into the world of western art than into western literature, yet the mark they have made upon it is, if anything, even more striking and distinctive. As painters and sculptors, in monumental installations, in film, and as paradoxical muses for male artists, the impress of their Jewish backgrounds comes to expression in widely diverse ways.
A new visual language of spirituality draws upon the Hebrew alphabet, the Jewish Bible, the Midrash and the Kabbalah. Female perspectives revision the transformative events of Jewish history. In-your-face images bespeak new takes on men, women, bodies and power. Visual representations evoke painful flashpoints for women in Jewish culture, blending motifs drawn from the far-flung recesses of the Jewish Diaspora from India to Central America.
For all these and more, see the richly illustrated Fall 2007 issue of Nashim, guest edited by Nashim’s art editor, artist/scholar Judith Margolis. To order, please visit the Nashim web site.
Nashim provides an international, interdisciplinary academic forum in Jewish women’s and gender studies. Each issue is theme-oriented, produced in consultation with a distinguished feminist scholar, and includes articles on literature, text studies, anthropology, archeology, theology, contemporary thought, sociology, the arts, and more. It is edited by Renee Levine Melammed and published twice year. For subscription information, please visit the Nashim web site.