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The Sabbath Now

July 20, 2019 - June 7, 2020
Gallery 362
Free Exhibition

Artist Norma Minkowitz is best known for establishing crochet as a fine art technique. Minkowitz learned crochet from her mother as a young girl and quickly started making clothes for her dolls. Today, she still crochets over objects, using them to support her creations. After Minkowitz stiffens the fibers with resins, she removes the completed textile from its form, transforming her work into a hollow, transparent sculpture. She employs this technique in The Sabbath Now, a fiber sculpture that depicts elements common to the Friday-evening family celebration of the Jewish Sabbath (“Shabbat” in Hebrew).

Norma Minkowitz American, born 1937 The Sabbath Now, 2011 Crocheted cotton, gold and silver paint, resins, wood, dried fruit. Gift of the artist in memory of her husband's parents, Gussie and Meyer Minkowitz 2018.59.4a-m