Chava Wolpert Richard, 1933-2015

Chava Wolpert Richard, Seder Plate, 1975

 

Chava Wolpert Richard was an artist who dedicated her career to the creation of Jewish ceremonial art. Sadly, she passed away last year, and I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to her and the work she accomplished.

Richard was the recipient of several design awards, but that kind of recognition was not as important to her as serving the Jewish community. She once claimed that “making Jewish ceremonial art is the only meaningful thing to me artistically. I love the opportunity to help people connect to their Judaism in a very real way.”

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The Spirit of Roberto Burle Marx Design at the Jewish Museum Shop

Pattern Notebook, Leather Coin Purse, Glasses Case, and Tote by Grimmer inspired by Roberto Burle Marx’s tile design for the Walter Moreira Salles residence

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Gardens of the Walter Moreira Salles residence, now the Instituto Moreira Salles, with Roberto Burle Marx’s azulejo tile wall, 1951. Photograph © Cesar Barreto

A 20th century renaissance man, Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s creative output was not only limited to landscape architecture but also included painting, sculpture, and designs for textiles, jewelry, theater sets and costumes, ceramics, and stained-glass. His reputation as an abstract modernist was defined by his major projects which blended the geometric and biomorphic forms he became known for, such as the undulating pavement designs of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.

To complement Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, an exhibition which also features the work of contemporary artists with ties to Latin America who were influenced by his practice, the Jewish Museum Shop brought together a selection of colorful products made by artisans, many of whom grew up in Brazil surrounded by Burle Marx’s landscapes, and were inspired by his body of work.

Featured below are highlights from the Jewish Museum Shop’s selection of merchandise inspired by Roberto Burle Marx, all sourced through our own contemporary way of looking — hashtags on Instagram and Etsy.

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Looking Back at One Year of the Jewish Museum’s Young Patron Program

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Resonating through the Jewish Museum’s collection of 26,000 objects is the powerful story of continuity — the connections across time and place that have shaped the history of Jewish culture and art for centuries. Continuity is just as important to the Museum itself: It has thrived for more than 110 years thanks to generations of supporters who have recognized the importance of the institution and its mission, and in this past year, we have been very excited see the important role Young Patrons are playing at the Museum.

Now celebrating its first anniversary, the Jewish Museum’s Young Patron Program is a dynamic group for young professionals and art supporters, ages 21-40, interested in art and Jewish culture. Members enjoy the rewarding experience of curated events and programs, such as gallery visits, curator-led exhibition tours, Shabbat dinners, and a calendar of social gatherings.

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