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Steps Closer to Prague: Mark Podwal

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Uploaded on Nov 22, 2011

In this video companion to an exhibition currently at Yeshiva University Museum, Artist Mark Podwal discusses his artistic engagement with Jewish Prague, and his most recent and ambitious project to design new textiles for the famed Altneuschul. The video was produced in conjunction with the exhibition at Yeshiva University Museum, Old and the New: Mark Podwal's Textiles for the Altneuschul
(November 27, 2011 - January 15, 2012 -- preview week starts November 24th)

Prague's Altneuschul (Old-New Synagogue), the world's oldest operating synagogue, is celebrated through numerous legends and for its architectural beauty. Constructed in 1270, the synagogue is a place of worship and community activity, and a symbol of Czech-Jewish identity. Mark Podwal, an internationally recognized New York-based artist, was commissioned to design new textiles for the sanctuary. Embroidered in shimmering gold thread on rich velvet, the textiles reflect the traditions and mythology of the Altneuschul and one of the world's most vibrant Jewish communities. Yeshiva University Museum is privileged to unveil the textiles before they are sent to Prague to be formally dedicated and installed. They are complemented by a selection of the artist's earlier graphic works.

Visit the show page: http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/OldandNew

Exhibition curated by Zachary Paul Levine
Video produced and edited by Zachary Paul Levine

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