CFHU/HU Special Exhibition for Visually Impaired and Blind Adults on Tu B'Shevat

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February 9, 2009 - A group of 150 blind and visually impaired people from Haifa came to Mount Scopus, February 9, as guests of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, where they visited an exhibition called ''Feeling and Meaning – Seeing Art Through Touch” at the Stern Gallery, as well as the Botanical Garden and the Blind Center.


The unique art exhibit designed for the benefit of the visually impaired as well as the general public opened on December 2008 in the Max and Iris Stern Gallery on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and will remain open until June 2009.

It includes works by 18 Israeli artists, representing a variety of styles, textures, media and subjects. Every work of art in the exhibit can be touched.

According to Ahuva Passow-Whitman, senior art curator of the Hebrew University, “This is a rare opportunity for a direct encounter with Israeli art in its various styles and subject matter. The exhibit was planned in cooperation with Aleh -- the Society for the Advancement of Blind and Dyslexic Students in Israel, and provides the visitors with an audio guide and explanations in Braille.''

Susan Nashman-Fraiman, co-curator of the show and lecturer in art history at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, said, “The idea for the exhibit came from my teaching experience. I saw how learning about the analysis of a work of art opens up worlds for my students, and I got interested in how these same worlds could be opened for the blind and partially sighted.” She added that whereas some museums in the world do allow the touching of some works, these are generally reproductions, unlike the original creations in the Hebrew University exhibit.

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