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Events April 2010


Exhibition of art commissioned for Percival Goodman-designed synagogue

April 1, 2010
through July 31, 2010

Currently on display at the Jewish Museum, “Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber and Gottlieb” features artwork commissioned for architect Percival Goodman’s thoroughly modern 1951 Congregation B’nai Israel Synagogue in Millburn, NJ. Robert Motherwell, Adolph Gottlieb and Herbert Ferber–each of whom went on to become a major figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement–created, respectively, a large-scale lobby mural, a velvet Torah curtain, and a monumental exterior sculptural relief. Goodman (1904–1989) envisioned the Synagogue as entirely modern–not based on historical building styles–with a pared-down aesthetic and, significantly, a close collaboration between architecture and contemporary art. The exhibition marks the first time these works have been exhibited in a museum setting. In addition to the originals, the exhibition includes studies and photographs, as well as an architectural model of the synagogue to highlight the creative process behind this groundbreaking collaboration.

Through August 1
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street


Week of March 28th