Please Do Touch - Unique Stern Gallery Exhibit Opens at Hebrew University

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[img_assist|nid=640|title=Stern Galley Touch Exhibit|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=340|height=205]Please Do Touch — Unique Stern Gallery Exhibit Opens for Visually Impaired Visitors

December 09 2008 - A unique art exhibit designed for the benefit of the visually impaired as well as the general public opened today at the Max and Iris Stern Gallery on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The exhibit, entitled “Feeling and Meaning – Seeing Art Through Touch,” will remain open through next June. 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. Visiting hours for the exhibit are 11 am- 3 pm Sundays through Thursdays, except during university vacation periods. Entry is free.

Among the artists exhibited are Belu-Simion Fainaru, David Gerstein, Israel Hadany, Menashe Kadishman, Avner Katz and Zelig Segal.

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. The general public is invited as well to experience this direct interaction with the artistic creations in the exhibit.”

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.

The Mount Scopus campus has undergone extensive revamping in recent years to allow access for the handicapped, so that the ground level connecting corridors (including the Stern Gallery) are accessible to all, as are large sections of the other levels.

Special tours will be available after Jan. 1 by writing to sterngallery@savion.huji.ac.il

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