PREVIEW: Interpretations of the menorah in glass in upcoming Philadelphia exhibition


Eunsuh Choi, Consciousness. Borosilicate glass. H 11, W 13, D 4 1/2 in.

The Gershman Y’s Borowsky Gallery in Philadelphia will be showing an exhibition of menorahs fashioned in glass of varying styles. Opening mid-October, “A Touch of Glass” will run through early December.

Hannukkah, a well-known Jewish holiday commemorating the struggle for religious freedom, is inseparable from its centerpiece, the menorah, which represents the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight and, figuratively, the Jewish perseverance in spite of religious persecution.

“Glass, with its ability to reflect and transform light, is a uniquely appropriate medium in which to embody the Hanukkah menorah. For Jewish families, it also conveys traditional metaphors for the concept of light—hope, renewal and sanctity,” explained curator Miriam Seidel in a press relase.

An international group of artists hailing from the U.S. all the way to Australia will present individual interpretations of the menorah, the oldest and the most recognizable symbol of Judaism. All of these menorahs will also be available for purchase.

The Gershman Y, a descendant of the former Young Men’s Hebrew Association, organizes arts and culture events throughout the year, many of which promote Jewish culture and heritage.

A Touch of Glass starts October 17th and will run until December 8th, just three days after Hanukkah’s conclusion.


“Touch of Glass”
October 17 – December 8, 2013
Gershman Y Borowsky Gallery
401 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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