The Meaning Within the Letters / A Framework for Connection

The Meaning Within the Letters / A Framework for Connection


07/28/2022 - 10/16/2022    
All Day


Opening reception with the artist: July 28, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Please contact the museum for ongoing exhibition hours.

Nancy Schwartz-Katz’s 22 Hebrew letter portfolio explores the letters visually and tactilely through her spiritually-engaging, multi-layered paper cuts. She explains, “Though distinctly mechanical, the Hebrew alphabet has a depth of meaning and mystical connection to the larger universe that G-d has created. Each letter is much more than a medium to write text – they are a guide, a framework for sharing a connection with others. It is a way for one to facilitate and to exchange ideas, a ritual script that alternates between G-d’s actions and the instructions to the reader for everyday existence. This allows us to engage with one another in our daily lives, enabling us to transform ourselves to make a difference in this world.”

Katz’s interest in the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet has inspired many beautiful and meaningful pieces of art, including The DNA of Language sculpture that is on view in The Temple Commons, which transforms the area with glistening floating Hebrew letters.

About The Museum:

The Temple Museum was founded by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver in 1950 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Temple-Tifereth Israel. It was housed at The Temple’s original location in University Circle in Cleveland in a space designed by Rorimer Brooks before moving to its current location in Beachwood. It is one of the first museums of Judaica in North America and one of only a few synagogue museums with significant collections.

The Museum’s collection numbers over 2,500 Jewish ritual and fine art objects displayed in the Hartzmark Gallery and Chapel Corridor in addition to throughout the building. The collection includes 186 pieces on view in The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery at The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. In addition to exhibitions, Museum programming includes monthly Art Talks, salons, lectures, tours, artists-in-residence, and collaborations with schools and community groups.

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Posted in Judaica, Multimedia, Solo exhibition.