Venetian Glass at The Skirball Museum

Venetian Glass Shofar

Having collaborated with master artisans of the Venetian tradition, Michael Gore is a brilliant artist focused on fabric design and fused glass techniques, creating unique Judaica, tableware, windows, jewelry, and installation pieces.

Visit The Skirball Museum on Sundays from 1:30-3:30 pm from December 11-February 26. Docents will be available during this time for tours and questions.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Jen Lader at 513-487-3052 or HUCinci@gmail.com.

An exciting new exhibition of fabulous Venetian glass creations and textiles by renowned artist Michael Gore will open at the Skirball Museum on Sunday, December 4, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. This is the second major exhibit this year at the museum located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion at 3101 Clifton Avenue in Clifton.

The show demonstrates the school’s ongoing commitment to bringing a new dimension to the Cincinnati art world with exhibitions that celebrate Jewish art as well as other acclaimed works. The Gore exhibit will run through February.

Born in Chicago in 1954, Michael Gore studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and its sister school in Rome, Italy. While in Italy, Mr. Gore began to collaborate with master artisans of the Venetian tradition. He studied and continues to work with the master glass blowers and artisans of Anfora Furnace of Murano, working in both traditional and contemporary Venetian techniques.

Mr. Gore now travels to Venice, Italy, several times a year to create unique Judaica, including mezzuzot, yads, kiddush cups, dreidles and shofars, as well as mainstream items such as bowls and vases.

“(Most of my) artistic energies are focused on Judaic art and design, devoted to the creation of elegant objects of Jewish ritual and symbolism for both home and synagogues,” he says.

When working in the United States, Mr. Gore concentrates on fused glass techniques for the creation of tile pieces, tableware, windows, jewelry and other items. He also works in Venetian textiles, and designs and creates interior settings for homes and places of worship from his studio in Northbrook, Illinois.

All of the artist’s work to be on display at the Skirball will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the museum.

“This is an wonderful opportunity for holiday shopping,” says Jen Lader, Director of Outreach at Clifton campus. “Much of Michael Gore’s work would make very special Hanukah gifts.”

This new effort to better showcase the Skirball Museum with innovative exhibits was initiated last year by Dr. Jonathan Cohen, the new Dean of the Cincinnati branch of HUC-JIR.

The Skirball is known for it rich collection of Jewish art, history and ritual, and is one of the largest and most innovative Jewish museums in the American Midwest. The push to schedule new and innovative shows among the treasures of the permanent collection is another step forward in Dr. Cohen’s vision to raise the profile of the school by revamping established programs and instituting new initiatives.

“Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Cincinnati campus is an historic and vibrant center for the education and training of Reform Judaism’s future leaders and the education of scholars of all faiths,” says Dr. Cohen. “We are now building upon the richness of our past to raise the profile of this campus, as a center of study and innovation; adding substance to the life of our greater academic community and transforming the religious and cultural experience of Jews and non-Jews in our region and beyond.”

More information can be found at hucinci.org, a website that the school successfully launched last year as another initiative that has brought over 1,000 new visitors to the school for concerts, exhibits, lectures and classes.

For more information about the upcoming exhibit of the work of Michael Gore and The Skirball Museum, call 513.487.3053.

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