Israeli Designs Go To Chicago
The Jerusalem Post
By Meir RonnenOctober 10, 2003
Copyright 2003 The Jerusalem Post
An arts and crafts show of works by 10 Israelis will be one of nine special exhibits presented at this year's 10th anniversary exposition of SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) Chicago. The works will be on view at the Navy Pier in Chicago between October 17-19.
Organized by the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts (AIDA), in cooperation with Eretz Israel Museum, this new project, designed to get talented Israelis taken up by galleries in the United States, was initiated by collectors Doug and Dale Anderson and Charles and Andy Bronfman of Jerusalem.
More than 250 Israelis submitted proposals. Selected were Samuel Barkai (contemporary jewelry), Yael Herman (jewelry), Julian Tiglat (22k gold jars), Shirley Rothstein (jewelry and ceramics), Revital Ben Asher Peretz (porcelain works), Michal Zehavi (ceramics), Marcelle Klein (ceramics), Yehudit Katz (textile art), Lily Poran (fibers, natural materials), and Dafna Kaffeman (glass).
Dale Anderson curated the exhibit, advised by Jane Adlin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Aviva Ben- Sira, Eretz Israel Museum; Rivka Saker, Sotheby's Israel; and Davira Taragin, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin.
The Anderson-Bronfman project is bringing eight of the Israeli artists to Chicago and two will be speaking in a lecture series.