Greenwich Time: Greenwich JCC plans series on Jewish women in art

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2016
by Peregrine Frissell

GREENWICH — The Jewish Community Center of Greenwich is hosting a three-part “Painted Ladies Series” on the role of the Jewish woman in art.

The first lecture, “The Jewess in Art from Medieval Times to Today,” will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15 at JCC Greenwich.

The series will be led by Beth Gersh-Nesic, director of the New York Arts Exchange and an art history professor at the State University of New York at Purchase.

“She spoke last year and was so well received, so brilliant,” said Leah Schechter, assistant director at JCC Greenwich. “This series came out of discussions with her following that event as to what other art can we bring and what other ways can we highlight Jewish art and telling Jewish stories.”

The second part, on Dec. 8, will be “Heroic Seduction” followed by “Queen Esther in Art” on March 2.

The subjects of famous women and strong leaders are threads that tie the presentations together, but Schechter said each part can stand on its own.

“Each program is self-contained, so you don’t have to sign up for the entire series,” Schechter said. “You can sign up for just one and you won’t be lost.”

Each part will include a lecture accompanied by slideshow so participants can examine different works of art pertaining to each topic. There will also be opportunity for discussion.

Gersh-Nesic lectures students on similar topics frequently, but said she looks forward to events like these for the freedom and chance to be creative they present.

“All of these things are percolating, and what’s really interesting for me is to put it together differently,” Gersh-Nesic said. “It’s not for a class, I don’t have to put it together for an exam, so I play with it.”

Gersh-Nesic has studied the female in art history throughout her academic career.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh approach for some material I’ve been practicing for a number of years. The best part is listening to what people say,” she said. “Every group brings me something I haven’t thought of yet, and I look forward to hearing what people think.”

Tickets can be purchased on the JCC Greenwich website, The sessions cost $30 each or $75 for all three.