This exhibition is open to Jewish artists and collaborations/collectives featuring one or more Jewish artists. The work itself does not have to be “Jewish” or Judaica (although it can be) but must respond, represent or relate to the theme of nigun.

A nigun (melody) is a wordless, often spiritual song or prayer, sung by Jewish communities in synagogue, around the Shabbat dinner table or in groups, characterized by repetitive sounds such as “bim bim bam” or “nai nai nai.” Ranging in emotion, tradition, composition and purpose, nigunim can be characterized by repetitive melodies, abstraction through lack of words and community participation. This exhibition seeks work that visually represents or responds to the nigun, through process, repetition, motif, collaboration or abstraction.

Apply by Oct. 28. Artists will be notified by Nov 1.

How to apply: Please submit all materials and direct any questions to nigun.exhibition@gmail.com.

Please include:

  • Artist statement
  • Portfolio or website
  • Either images or sketches/description of the work to be included in the exhibition

We are also seeking writing on the theme to include in the exhibition program and musicians for the exhibition opening. We are planning a series of events in the gallery during the exhibition, such as song sessions, Shabbat programming and learning sessions. Please reach out if you would like to be involved.

Curated and organized by Emily Mogavero, creator of “Guarding Memories/Creating Histories.”

Generously supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Moishe House.

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