The next Artist Salon is on Wednesday, November 11, 7 pm on Zoom. It’s called Women Repair the World: Artists Edition. It features singer/composer Ariella Forstein, filmmaker Barbara Wiener, and fiber artist Rachel Breen. The Salon is a collaboration with the philanthropic initiative Women Repair The World, a project of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. More details to come!
Rimon celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first performance of S. Ansky’s seminal play The Dybbuk with a virtual Artist Salon. A Century of The Dybbuk: 1920/2020 featured commissioned new work by musician Eddie Estrin and playwright Jenna Zark. The Dybbuk, created as a result of Ansky’s ethnographic tour of pre-revolutionary Jewish villages in the Russian empire, has inspired an astonishing range of artistic response ever since. Mark Meister, the new Executive Director of The Museum of Russian Art, moderated the discussion.
Listen to the Voices: Immigrant Stories with Sergio Barer, moderated by Adam Wernick. July 28, 2020 7 p.m.
How does an artist respond to the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment? Mexican-born composer Sergio Barer has created a suite of choral pieces inspired by conversations he’s had with dozens of local immigrants. Composer Adam Wernick joined Sergio in conversation on the power of music to lift up marginalized voices and to build bridges of understanding.
Visual artists Robyn Awend, Beth Barron, and Rachel Breen unpack ideas of lineage, tradition, and the work of our hands by breathing new life into salvaged scraps, antique textiles, and reclaimed images that have been handed down to them.
I Sing for Bathsheba: Looking for God in Drag with Max Brumberg-Kraus, moderated by Noam Sienna. November 24, 2019 at Studio Z, St. Paul
Theater artist Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus explored the intersection of drag performance and texts from the Bible—especially the voices of women as written by men. Noam Sienna joined Max in a conversation that lifts up the marginalized voices in our midst.
To the adventuring artist and art lover, Respons-a! was a performance “experiment” like none other. One curator/ two married couples / four artists: Katya Oicherman, Boris Oicherman, Pedram Baldari, and Nooshin Hakim Javadi, sat in the round and sought out the questions each of us cares about in our professional and private personae. With Palestinian olives, wine, and question-cards it was a journey of exploration and process.
In the creative and cozy paper studio, Aaron Silver spoke about getting in the “zen” zone and working extremely slowly and carefully. Moderator Freya Richman encouraged Aaron to explain his precise process using layers in PhotoShop, and guests were delighted to see stop-motion videos and close-up clips of him wielding the knife’s edge. The Salon concluded with the presentation of Aaron’s commissioned #papercut piece. He was given free artistic reign with the encouraged inspiration of #SocialJustice. He took a #Yiddish #prayer from Rosh Hashana asking to liberate all imprisoned. The SOLD OUT Cutting Out Injustice: Revolution in Jewish Papercuts Salon was a great success.
On a frigid Sunday afternoon in January, at the sunny Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Eli Libson, video game designer, cartoonist, and illustrator and artist Marty Harris joined in conversation about the rich history of Jewish illustrators and the use of guile as part of the cultural outsider’s toolkit at High-Brow/Low-Brow: An Illustrator Looks Askance at Art. Who gets to decide what is art?
The Trail Forward, a work-in-progress by composer and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Gutkin, tells the story of growing up with 85 lefty, Jewish, outdoor-loving, garment worker grandparents. Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg joined Lisa in conversation about making change through collective action and the power of music to ignite it.
The Rimon Artist Salon-Turn It and Turn It Again: Text as Power in Judaism & Slam Poetry-was one of the outstanding Salons from the last several years. Performance poet Talia Young writes thrillingly at the intersection of Jewish identity, history, and social change. If you didn’t see it when it was presented in 2018 at Studio Z, get a taste of Talia’s passionate style of performance and her charged conversation with Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman
Sun Mee Chomet is one of the busiest theater artists in town. If you ever go to the theater, you’ve probably seen her at the Guthrie, at Mu, or at 10,000 Things. One of our earliest salons featured her as an actor and playwright in “Asian & Jewish.” Sun Mee also received a Norman Ackerberg Travel Study grant through Rimon that sent her to Vienna. Her research in Austria gave rise to a play-in-progress which Rimon featured in another salon in 2014, Writing Backwards: Finding Meaning in a Family’s Past.
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