The Mikvah Project, Oct. 26-Jan. 18, 2004

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Purifying Waters: University of Judaism brings The N’likvah Project Exhibition
to the Platt and Borstein Galleries.

For thousands of’ years, the mikvah, or ritual bath, has been a place where Jewish women go to fulfill a religious duty and rejuvenate the spirit. The Mikvah Project, which opens Oct. 26 at the University of Judaism’s Platt and Borstein Galleries, explores this deeply personal rite and brings to life the stories of mothers and single women, Orthodox and secular, hi-east cancer survivors and brides through the photographs of Janice Rubin and text by Leah Lax.
“My goal was to create a faceless portrait that would resonate with each woman’s story and accompany her interview,” says
Rubin, a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. “This led me to define my work within both cultural and ritual constraints. I struggled to make photographs that would retain a sense of mystery while respecting the modesty inherent in the ritual.” With partial support from the Texas Council for the Humanities and Hadassah International Research Institute for Jewish Women, this traveling exhibition has garnered acclaim from audiences in Chicago, Detroit, San Diego, and other major cities. The Los Angeles Mikvah Project Exhibit ion is made possible by the generous support of the Rabbinical Assembly of Conservative Judaism, Pacific Southwest Region, and individual donors. 

The Mikvah Project opens Oct. 26 and runs through Jan. 18 at the University of Judaism's Platt and Borstein Gallery  Exhibition hours are Sunday through Thursday 10 am to 4 pm and Friday 10am to 2pm.  An artist's reception will be held, Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2-4 pm. At 2 pm, photographer Janice Rubin and writer Leah Lax will discuss the challenges of underwater photography. the gathering of anonymous portraits, and their interviews with women about their Mikvah experiences in a special event planned in conjunction with  the opening reception. The University of Judaism is located  at 15600 Mulholland Drive, just off the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. For more information or to arrange a docent tour, please call (310) 476-9777

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