Artist in Residence March 2019

CSP Artist in Residence Mini-Series
In Memory of Bobbi Cherry
March 12-13, 2019

Andi Arnovitz

Tear/Repair
Tuesday March 12, 2019 Brown Bag Lunch from 12:15-1:15 PM

People of the Book/Artist’s Books
Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

Living Under Water
Wednesday March 13, 2019 Brown Bag Lunch from 12:15 -1:15 PM

*All programs are at the Samueli Jewish Campus
(1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603)

$45 per person for the 3-part series,
*$18 per person for each individual event
(free to CSP 5779 members with reservations by March 10, 2019)

Andi LaVine Arnovitz was born in 1959 in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated with a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. For many years, Andi worked in advertising as an art director, creating print campaigns and television commercials. She attributes the conceptual ideas behind many of her pieces to this work experience. Andi considers herself a printmaker, a paper-manipulator, a bookmaker and an assemblage artist. Her primary love is working with paper, printing on it, etching with it, drawing, sewing, tearing and repairing. Her pieces often reflect her love of pattern, surface, and thread she has had since she was child wandering through her father’s fabric store in Kansas City. In 1999 Andi and her family moved to Jerusalem, Israel. A two-year sabbatical has become a permanent stay and much of her work is informed by the multitudinous differences of living in the Middle East. Of great concern to her are primary issues surrounding the differences between Jews and Arabs, between religious and non-religious, between Jewish law and contemporary society, between men and women, between young and old. Over and over these politics and tensions are explored, examined and dissected in her works. Andi has had numerous solo shows in Jerusalem, and recently one at Brandeis University, and at Yeshiva University Museum in NYC. Her work has been included in many group shows all over the world: in France, Spain, England, Poland, Canada, Israel, the United States, Lithuania, and Finland.

1) Tear/Repair
Tuesday March 12, 2019 Brown Bag Lunch from 12:15-1:15 PM
(Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603)
From the tight control the Israeli Rabbanut holds over the general Israeli population to the Palestinian conflict, artist Andi Arnovitz will show how art can make powerful statements about contemporary issues. In one-hour, Arnovitz will present art that explores flash points in contemporary Jewish life such as current religious debates about IVF, dress codes for little girls, issues of illegitimacy, and sending a child to the army.

2) People of the Book/Artist’s Books
Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
(Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603)
Jews have had a connection to books and the recorded word since 920 CE. Andi Arnovitz will present 24 different artists books that she has created, ranging in topics from Iran’s nuclear proliferation to the Oslo accords, to a mother’s fervent prayer for her children. Challenging the commonly held understanding of what a book is, she will show how an artist’s book can be interactive and is both art and book. Arnovitz’s books are in the collections of the US Library of Congress, the Israel National Library, Yale University and USC to name but a few.

3) Living Under Water
Wednesday March 13, 2019 Brown Bag Lunch from 12:15 -1:15 PM
(Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603)
In October of 2018, Andi Arnovitz was asked to lead an artistic project on climate change funded by the Venetian Jewish community. Come and learn, through the participating artist’s images, about what Judaism has to say about climate change, about the forthcoming magazine which will be available for study and the traveling exhibition. We will explore how art can make this overwhelming issue both understandable and challenging.