Artist Panel: Working with Hebrew and Yiddish Type

with Robyn Awend
Wednesday, May 18; 7–8:30pm CT
Free event*

Join us for a virtual conversation with contemporary artists, printers, and designers who use Hebrew type in their work to explore abstract and representational perspectives on the language. As MCBA introduces Hebrew wood type to our letterpress studios, we celebrate artists whose work is based in the language. The panel is curated by Robyn Awend and moderated by Karen Schiff and features local and national artists who use both traditional and contemporary Hebrew and Yiddish type in their work. Panelists include Lynne Avadenka (MI), an artist, printmaker, and director of Detroit letterpress print shop Signal Return; Gabriella Boros (IL), a printmaker, painter, and book artist; Dr. Noam Sienna (MN), a scholar of Jewish culture and history, Hebrew calligrapher, and book artist; and Shani Avni (NY) who designs, researches, teaches, consults, writes, and lectures on Hebrew type design and typography. Moderator Karen Schiff (TX) is an artist, writer, and editor who often works between word and image.

Enjoy this recording of the live event that took place on Wednesday, May 18, from 7 to 8:30pm CT!

This artist talk is being presented as part of History in the Making, a yearlong series of programs and events exploring the historical and contemporary printed word in Jewish culture, and activating MCBA’s newly acquired Hebrew wood type. This type, commissioned by MCBA and created by Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, is the only Hebrew wood type in the country to be manufactured and made available for public use. This unique community resource enables Twin Cities’ communities to connect with Jewish culture and identity in creative new ways. These programs are organized in partnership with local artist and community builder Robyn Awend, together with other featured artists. 

History in the Making is made possible in part with the support of The Noah F. Gordon Fund at the Minneapolis Foundation; Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation; The Lerner Foundation; Phil & Tammie Rosenbloom; and JCreate, an initiative of Jewfolk, Inc.

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All are welcome
Certificate: 1.5 hours, Category C or D
*Free event!  If you are able, $18 suggested donation/participant; donations support the cost of this program.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this live virtual artist talk, you are invited to ask questions via Zoom’s Chat feature. Access to a camera is not necessary. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the event online approximately 2 days before the event’s start date.

Registration for this workshop has closed. Add your name to the wait list and you’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.