Evan Tapper has just sent over the work he created while in residency last week at the Jewish Museum. It is called “Sheh-asani Kirtzono,” in reference to the blessing recited by women in the morning prayer service thanking God for creating them “according to His will,” as opposed to the men’s blessing thanking God for “not making me a woman.” Enjoy, and be provoked.
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.
photos by Tommy Mintz
With their week-long residency at the Jewish Museum coming to a close, I though it’d be nice to catch up with LoVid and Evan Tapper to discuss how their stay at the Museum went and to learn a bit about the works they created in their time here.
Pink Hamentashen was a blast. We had so much to celebrate: the holiday of Purim, the Week 1 artists of Off the Wall, and the event was also a coming out party for Socalled (aka Josh Dolgin). Josh and his band were so hot that halfway through the set he blew out our sound system (oy, gay!) Without batting an eye, he jumped off the stage with clarinetist Michael Winograd and improvised an acoustic set for the remainder of the evening. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus entertained while The Dazzle Dancers led us in a hora circle dance.
I must confess, I’ve been a bad blogger. Life sometimes just doesn’t let you do all the things you wish you could get done in a day. There’s so much to say about the wonderful events that have transpired at the Museum over the last two weeks, and I kind of missed the boat on saying them in a timely manner. Take the Pink Hamenstashen for example. The event was probably the most unusual event ever held at the Jewish Museum thus far, continuing the theme of “Off the Wall,” which has broken the traditional paradigm of the stead and uptight museum experience, bringing the Jewish Museum to life in new and encouraging ways. Not to mention, we had a total blast! Circus performers, glitzy hula-hoopers and dancers, mask-making, Yentl on the silver screen, SoCalled and friends rocking out live klezmer on the dancefloor, free vodka! The place was packed with revelers, everyone dancing and schmoozing… It was the most fun I’ve ever had at any museum, let alone a Jewish one. It was a sight to be seen.
So in case you missed it, here’s some video from SoCalled’s performance…
SoCalled with Katie Moore perform “You Are Never Alone”
SoCalled and his Band of Misfits…and likewise, check out the Off the Wall Flickr pool for photos from the night’s festivities.
If you like what you see, don’t miss tonight’s festivities. It’s going to be totally Off the Wall!
We asked staff and visitors to share their American Dream. Here are some photos:
Off the Wall artist Evan Tapper (week 1)
Andy Ingall, Curator of the Off the Wall exhibition.
Emily Casden, Curatorial Program Assistant for theÂ Off the Wall exhibition.
This is an image of our new video synth sculpture. Still in progress. For the last day of OTW week 1 we will be assembling electronics, making wires/straps, and chatting with the lovely and inspiring visitors at the Jewish Museum.
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.