George Washington Letter

On October 28th, one day after the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, the following dramatization of a 1790 letter from George Washington to the congregants of the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, RI was performed was performed at a home in Brentwood, CA during our annual Fall Party to kick off our 11th Season. The compilation of pieces, arranged into our signature style of salon theatre, is called JEWS IN AMERICA.

The piece was adapted and written into the show months earlier…

A Letter from Washington to Hebrew Congregation
by President George Washington


FULL TEXT OF LETTER:

To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, 18 August 1790

Gentlemen.

While I received, with much satisfaction, your Address, replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport.

The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just administration of a good Government, to become a great and a happy people. The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent wishes for my felicity. May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while everyone shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

George Washington

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Mixografia – Chutzpah & Salsa Art Show

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Gallery at the Braid is showcasing five Jewish Latino artists: Arnold Belkin, Fanny Rabel, Gunther Gerzso, Mathias Goeritz and Pedro Friedeberg.   

The artwork hails from the collection of Mixografia, a Los Angeles-based fine arts lithographer and publisher.  Mixografia is known for its expansion of the realm of printmaking by incorporating dimensionality and relief into a traditionally two-dimensional medium.  It is a third generation family business, originally named Taller de Grafica Mexicana, and founded by Luis and Lea Remba, Mexican-Jewish printmakers from Mexico City.

Working with several local artists, the Rembas developed a process that allows artists to print in relief while registering the artwork’s texture and fine surface detail. Their innovations required them to invent a new kind of paper and papermaking machinery.  These artistic and mechanical inventions led to the creation of Mixographia and inspired the renaming of the studio. After being invited to organize an exhibition of Mixographia’s prints at UCLA, the Rembas opened an L.A. studio in the 80’s. Mixographia’s new techniques have redefined the category of “print” allowing artists greater conceptual possibilities, greater creative freedom and possibility.

Participating artists have major historical significance in Mexico and the United States.  Belkin and Rabel were two of Mexico’s great muralists. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Belkin immigrated to Mexico to study and be closer to the political public art of great Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera. He produced 28 major public murals and many easel works that reflected his commitment to showing humanity’s most controversial and sometimes painful experiences. Also a muralist, Rabel was born in Poland and moved to Mexico City in 1937 when WWII began. Her murals were often characterized by the display of anguish toward oppression and inherent catastrophe that accompanied the mega-growth of her new home.

Gunther Gerzso is Mexico’s most significant 20th Century Abstractionist.  His body of work incorporates Cubism, Surrealism, references to pre-Columbian art and the varied landscapes of Mexico.  Another Mexican emigrant, Mathias Goeritz was originally a German painter and sculptor. He emigrated to Spanish Morocco, then Mexico and became a professor of visual education and drawing in Guadalajara. He continued to sculpt, participate in and organize prestigious group exhibitions that made him a leading figure in the development of modern art in Mexico.  Friedeberg came to Mexico to escape Mussolini. He is the inventor of several styles of architecture that reflect social problems and cloud formations. His architecture, he hoped, will make people laugh.

 

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