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 2019.59.4a-m
The Sabbath Now
July 20, 2019 - June 7, 2020
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 removing the completed textile from its form, Minkowitz stiffens the cloth with resins, 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).