New York artist Helène Aylon will read from her new book at our regular meeting time of 7:00 pm. The event will be in the Stewart Auditorium of the Moore College of Art & Design.
Growing up as an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helène Aylon spent her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flickered. She dreamt of escape but married a rabbi and became a mother of two. Suddenly her world split apart when she was widowed at the age of thirty.
Aylon found a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s — she began creating transgressive works that explored identity, women's bodies, the environment, disarmament, and the notion of God. Eventually she began to ask of Judaism what she never dared to ask as a child: where are the women?
Aylon's book, Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist, is published by The Feminist Press at the City University of New York.
There will be copies of the book for sale, and the author will be available for signing.
Gail Levin, the author of Lee Krasner: A Biography, wrote this about Aylon’s new book: "Never afraid to question sacred texts, ancient rituals, and religious bias — Aylon is a role model for all artists. Whatever Is Contained is an arresting tale of uncommon courage, intelligence, and wit."
This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Caucus for Art, Philadelphia Chapter
and the Moore College of Art & Design.