Mis/Constru(ct)ed Identities: an exhibition by Leslie Friedman

Napoleon memeber Leslie Friedman at The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

Mis/Constru(ct)ed Identities
an exhibition Leslie Friedman 
Curated by Matthew Singer
Date: May 1, 2013 – Aug 1, 2013

Opening Reception 
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Artist’s Talk: 6:30 p.m.

Mis/Constru(ct)ed Identities is a site-specific exhibition composed of modular, stackable, sculptural forms sheathed in screen-printed linoleum tiles. Though geometric, graphic, and colorful, Friedman’s undulating wall sculptures explore a serious, typically troubling, subject: stereotypes about the Jewish people. Some of these stereotypes—such as associations with intelligence and humor— could be considered flattering. Others—including the canard of deicide and the “blood libel”—have been the source of centuries of persecution and suffering. Still more—the perception of disproportionate Jewish involvement, and success, in entertainment and finance—may inspire pride, suspicion, or are simply dismissed, with these varied responses depending upon each individual’s perspectives and mindset. Friedman confronts these stereotypes creatively and without fear, thereby challenging the viewer to do the same.

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 North Broad Street (at Mount Vernon Street)
Philadelphia PA 19123
Monday–Friday: 10:00–4:00 p.m. (and by appointment)
Hours subject to change: 
please call 215-627-6747 to confirm
(entrance and parking on Mt Vernon Street)

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