Monday, March 31, 2008

Recycled Prayer Shawls: Jewish Museum Exhibits an "Off the Wall" Look at New Jewish Art

--art + architecture + design--

Drawing on the best of the up and coming, and "off the wall" artists of the Jewish community - the legendary Jewish Museum of New York just presented the outrageously cool "Off the Wall Exhibit."

The show was the product of a two week open studio project that involved eleven artists creating and performing in the museum. From music, to fashion to art and video, the museum engaged a new generation from outside the boundaries of the traditional Jewish communities; beyond affiliations with synagogues or mainstream organizations.

Part of the exhibit featured the work of the outrageous Levi Okunov (his work pictured above) whose fashion forward pieces are constructed from recycled fabrics, including sacred prayers shawls. Outrageous and hip, Okunov brings new life to old garb, just as much as he delivers a fresh perspective on the boundaries young Jewish artists are pushing today. His work gives might be "off the wall" but its clearly fresh and on the mark.

For more information on the recent exhibit go to the Jewish Museum Site

Another look at the work of Levi Okunov from his Fall/Winter 2007 Show...featuring everything from an ices skating Oksana Baiul to Yiddish Runway Music !

Story based on previous post on Eco-Chick & photos by Dan Sieradski)

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