Words Matter

Digital print on plexiglass, 2019. 19×26"
3.8M jpeg preview, actual art printed from high res pdf so has sharp text.
In response to rising hate crimes including the shooting in Pittsburgh (where we used to live), I have been photographing community events that respond to antisemitism in the Boston area. I juxtaposed some of these photographs over documentation of antisemitic attacks in the United States since 1862 (… Major General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order Number 11, expels Jews from area he controls in Tennessee …)

First slide shows jpeg of artwork followed by close-ups of the text and inset photos. This print received the Emma Lazarus Award from the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement. I used the award to purchase a domain and web space and start a project, Art Against Antisemitism, with an instagram channel and a website. In late 2022, in partnership with the Combat Antisemitism Movement, we launched an Instagram artist feature series as a focus of the Art Against Antisemitism Project. The call for art is still open.

  • We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim. Elie Wiesel. Nobel Peacce Prize Acceptance Speech, 1996. Photo of front page of Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2018 with hebrew prayer of mourning as headline for synagogue massacre.
  • We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim. Elie Wiesel. Nobel Peacce Prize Acceptance Speech, 1996. Photo of street memorial at Pittsburgh massacre site.

About the photographs in this print:

  • Yom Ha Shoah Community Commemoration, Boston Faneuil Hall, 2019
  • Eva Schloss (Anne Frank’s Stepsister) public lecture, 2018
  • Interfaith vigil in response to Pittsburgh, Boston University, 2018
  • Interfaith vigil in response to Arlington & Needham (2 photos), 2019
  • Claus de-installing Lest We Forget by Luigi Toscano, Boston Common, 2018

Calamity Exhibition

Words Matter on exhibit at the Moon Gallery, Berry College in Georgia.
January 13 – February 13, 2020
Juror’s talk on Monday, January 27th at 5 pm by Dr. Catherine Lewis.

Words Matter Exhibit

This print evolved out of a design I created for a luminary. In 2018, another artist, Amy Solomon, and I collaborated and organized an art exhibit benefit/fundraiser for victims of the Pittsburgh shooting where we invited artists and the public to create luminaries that we auctioned online. We called the event Words Matter. I had more material than could fit on a luminary so decided to continue to develop as prints. Some photos on this page from the events in Brookline and Boston, MA. We raised several hundred dollars and also provided a forum for artists and community members looking to express themselves in response to this tragedy.

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