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Grisha Bruskin, detail of Alefbet: The Alphabet of Memory

Grisha Bruskin, detail of Alefbet: The Alphabet of Memory (2004-2006), tapestry

Grisha Bruskin – ALEFBET: The Alphabet of Memory

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Portland OR – Jun 11-Oct 1, 2017

Grisha Bruskin, detail of Alefbet: The Alphabet of Memory

Grisha Bruskin, detail of Alefbet: The Alphabet of Memory (2004-2006), tapestry

For its inaugural exhibition at their new location on Portland’s North Park Blocks, the OJMCHE brings the work of internationally known Russian-Jewish artist Grisha Bruskin to Oregon. This is the first North American appearance of this prominent series of large-scale tapestries, which have previously been shown in Amsterdam, Paris, Venice and Moscow. Created on traditional vertical looms with a team of master weavers in the artist’s Moscow studio, the works draw on the thousand-year-old Jewish tradition of the Talmud and Kabbalah, as well as Hebrew Bible allegories and Russian folklore. The preparatory drawings and subsequent gouache paintings necessary to complete a project of this magnitude round out the stunning visual impact and narrative power of Bruskin’s work.

This landmark exhibition is an important step for OJMCHE as the institution expands its presence, doubling in size to a 15,000-square-foot museum focusing on education, historical archives and contemporary art on an international level. Bruce Guenther (formerly of PAM) is curating the inaugural year of exhibitions for the museum; he identified Bruskin as an “artist whose work transcends the commonplace and takes the viewer into a highly ritualized alternate world of deep history, Jewish identity, and spirituality.”

Grisha Bruskin is also the senior artist representing Russia at the 2017 Venice Biennale; he currently divides his time between studios in New York and Moscow.

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Allyn Cantor

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 Mon, May 29, 2017