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April 27, 2007
Ruth Weisberg, Artist, and Dean of the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, 4-27-07
Ruth Weisberg is Dean of the Roski School of Fine Arts of the University of Southern California. Known for her work in painting, printmaking, drawing and large-scale installations, she has recently completed a major mural commission for the New York Jewish Federation. Recent honors include Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Hebrew Union College, 2001; College Art Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 1999; and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, 1995, 1994 and 1992.
Ms. Weisberg has exhibited actively, with over 70 solo and 160 group exhibitions. Her work is included in 60 major museum and university collections, including Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; The Art Institute of Chicago; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Ruth Weisberg Unfurled, on view May 8th – July 29th at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, presents three decades of painting and printmaking by celebrated Los Angeles artist Ruth Weisberg. The retrospective features, in its first complete showing in 20 years, the 94-foot-long masterwork The Scroll. In this acclaimed mixed-media drawing, Weisberg synthesizes her experiences as an American Jewish woman with life-cycle events—birth, childhood, coming of age, marriage, adulthood, and death—all portrayed in conjunction with scriptural motifs, Jewish history, and rabbinic legend.
In addition to The Scroll, more than 30 paintings, drawings, and prints from throughout Weisberg's career will be on view. Together these highlight the artist's extraordinary depictions of her life story and its convergence with art history and Jewish memory. They also illuminate the parallels Weisberg draws between the contemporary and biblical worlds, her desire to memorialize those who perished during the Holocaust, and her fervent belief in renewal.
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