Jennifer Bleyer, founding publisher of Heeb and now a NY Times staff writer, has a wonderful piece about Levi Okunov up on Nextbook: Okunov is seen as a model not just for having transcended his story, but for having incorporated it into a larger story without abandoning it completely. The standard narrative of lapsed religious [...]
Levi Okunov launched his Fall 2008 Collection at the Closing Night Party to an enthusiastic, sweaty crowd. Levi drew inspiration from the Museum’s extensive collection of Torah crowns and Hanukkah lamps. Garment materials include Torah mantle velvet, parchment, hand-painted organza, and parachute fabric silkscreened with Rumi love poetry in English, Yiddish, and Arabic. Kudos to [...]
A SWAT Team of makeup artists, stylists, and entourage took over Levi’s studio/gallery and converted it into a dressing room. Doors to the fashion show officially opened at 9pm, but visitors could take a peek a few hours before as garments were finished and models prepped. Levi’s team included Almog, Sascha Ascher, Tamira Cahana, Joe [...]
Before the Fashion Show and Closing Night Party on March 27, Off the Wall artists and exhibition designers gave presentations at a salon hosted by the Jews and Media Working Group, based at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. Co-faciliators Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler offered some commentary and questions. Here are notes from my [...]
Check out Diwon and Smadar getting ready for tonight’s big show!
Levi’s makeup artist Linda Mason tested some looks today in preparation for tomorrow’s runway show. Models from Ikon arrived for fittings and surprised visitors to the permanent exhibition Culture and Continuity.
As a textile and installation artist one of my many interests lies in working with the fusion of texts, images and textures of many cultures for creating cloths of compassion. When Levi asked me to work with him on this project I asked him what was the most important feeling that he wanted to convey [...]
Yesterday began the second week of Off the Wall. To kick things off, I sat down with Levi Okunov and Diwon to ask them about what they’ll be working on this week at the museum, and how their experiences have been thus far. Levi Okunov
This 2-week open studio project features 11 artists in fashion, music, performance art and video. One regular admission ticket gets you in Sunday - Thursday to watch works-in-progress, meet artists, and attend concerts, salons, runway show, poetry slam, and parties.