Helène Aylon
WHATEVER IS CONTAINED MUST BE RELEASED: 
MY JEWISH ORTHODOX GIRLHOOD,
MY LIFE AS A FEMINIST ARTIST

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A R T I S T   S T A T E M E N T

"The 70's work was about the visceral and orgasmic body and the inevitability of change; The 80's was about the earth, halting the arms race, uniting women from warring nations; In the 90's my aim was to shine a feminist lens with scholarly inquiry into ancient texts and practices that omit or deny the presence/input of women; In the 00's the G-D work has become more autobiographical regarding my ultra orthodox background. 

In 1979, I was part of the first conference on Eco-feminism in Amherst, Mass; I saw the body of the land and the visceral body as connected. 

After hearing Dr. Helen Caldicott speak of the Arms Race, I drove an Earth Ambulance to military S.A.C. sites in the 80's to dramatize concern for the health of the Earth and concern for the danger of the Arms Race.

After dealing with the military mindset throughout the 80's, I realized early in the 90's that G-D (whatever G-D may be) had to be liberated from patriarchal projections and that I had to deal with my orthodox identity issues.

In recent years, the work deals with ancient foremothers and seeing myself as a future foremother.

I write about all the above in the memoir.

My next big issue will be "Civilization."


          -- Helène Aylon

 

U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S:

 

 

2019 Morgan Library - Sparkling Firmament - “By Any Means” (group show) - January 2019 - curator, Rachel Federman

 

P A S T   E X H I B I T I O N S:

2017 Jerusalem Biennale - Afterword: For the Children - October 1 - November 16, 2017 - co-curators David Sperber and Dvorah Liss

 

2017 Institute for Research on Jewish Women - Afterword: For the Children - March 20 - June 16, 2017

 

2016 American University - Bridge of Knots - "Impact: The Legacy of the Women’s Caucus for Art" (group show of Lifetime Achievement Awardees) - January 21 - March 13, 2016

2013 (con)TEXT, The Book That Will Not Close, Sharon Arts Center, September 9 - October 25, 2013

2013 The Seventh Day: Re-thinking The Sabbath, From My Memoir: Lighting Shabbos Candles With My Mother, Hebrew Union College, September 3, 2013 - June 27, 2014

2013 Beyond Belief: 100 Years of The Spiritual in Modern Art, Bulging Spread, Central Break, SFMOMA, June 28 - October 27, 2013

2013 Provocateur: Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition, Self-Portrait: The Unmentionable, Riverside Library in Lincoln Square, February 1 - February 27, 2013

2012 Spectrum of Sexuality, I Look Into The Passages / Abomination, Hebrew Union College, September 5, 2012 - June 28, 2013

2012 Video Screening, Written Behind My Back, Rose Art Museum, October 10, 2012

2012 Do Not Destroy: Trees, Art, and Jewish Thought, Hagar And The Tree That Was Not There, Contemporary Jewish Museum, February 16 - September 9, 2012

2012 Matronita: Jewish Feminist Art, My Clean Days, My Marriage Bed, My Notebooks, Machberet, My Eternal Light: The Illuminated Pink Dash, video of the highlighting of the Five Books of Moses, Ein Harod Museum, January 27 - April 13, 2012

2011 Groundbreaking: The Women of the Sylvia Sleigh Collection, Painting That Changes In Time, Rowan University Art Gallery, August 29 - October 1, 2011

2011 The Word of God, The Liberation of G-d and The Unmentionable(and 1985 video Post - - - - Script, The Andy Warhol Museum, May 8 - June 26, 2011

2010 A Stitch in Jewish Time, The Foremothers' Challah Cover, Hebrew Union College, September 7, 2010 - June 30, 2011

2009 Women in the Bible: Tricksters, Victors and (M)others, I Look Into The Passages, The Jewish Museum of Australia, September 13, 2009 - March 14, 2010

2009 Reinventing Ritual, All Rise, Jewish Museum, September 13, 2009 - February 7, 2010

2009 A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, Rutgers University, The Book That Will Not Close and Self Portraits, September 8 - December 18, 2009 (traveling to 2013)

2009 Reinventing Ritual, All Rise, Jewish Museum, September 13, 2009 - February 7, 2010 (traveled to the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2010)

2009 Seder Plate Invitational, Contemporary Jewish Museum, February, 27 – June 2, 2009

2008 “Aldrich Undercover,” (Benefit Invitational) Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, November 21, 2008

2008  Mirror Covering and Sackcloth Rending, "Homage and Remembrance: The Past is Present," Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Nov 1, 2008-Dec 14, 2008

2008 Wrestlers, Talin Art Hall, Estonia, May 23-Jul 6

2007 Solo show, My Marriage Contract, Self Portraits, Wrestlers 
Gershman Y Gallery, Philadelphia

2007 Aller Beste Frauen, Self Portraits, Group Show
Jewish Museum of Vienna, to Nov 18, 2007

2007 Aller Beste Frauen, Self Portraits
Jewish Museum of Frankfurt, Dec 19, 2007-Mar 30, 2008

2006 Wrestlers, Thacher Gallery, University of San Francisco, 
"Earthly Concerns: Activist EcoArt"

2006 Bridge of Knots II, American University, Washington, DC, Apr 19-Jul 29

2005 Wrestlers, Brooklyn War Memorial, Brooklyn, NY, Nov 8-Dec 16

2005 The Digital Liberation of G-D, University of Toronto, Canada
Oct 21-Nov 20

2005 Wrestlers, "The Fifth Gospel," Celji-Slovenia, Mar 4-Apr 3 

2005 I Look Into The Passages, Mizel Center, Denver, Jan 13-Mar 27

2004 Mirror Covering (for Dobsche), Lodz Biennale, Poland, Sep/Oct

2004 SFJCC The Digital Liberation of G-D, PERMANENT

2004 The Liberation of G-D, Ackland Art Museum, NC
"Five Artists/Five Faiths" Aug 15, 2004-Jan 16, 2005

2004 The Earth Ambulance '82-'92-'02 Hudson Valley Center for 
Contemporary Art
, Peekskill, NY - PERMANENT 

2004 My Wailing Wall, installation, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2003 My Marriage Bed and My Clean Days, Jewish Museum of Australia

2002 The Last Supper: Names/No Names, San Francisco Theological Seminary @ San Anselmo (installed again in 2004)

2002 The Partition Is In Place But The Service Can't Begin, Philadelphia Jewish Museum

2001 My Notebooks installation, Women's Studies Research Center,
Brandeis University

2001 My Bridal Chamber, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, Washington, DC

2000 The Liberation of G-D, Jewish Museum, exhibited again for a year

2000 The Book That Will Not Close, with video insert, "Yaddo Writers on Yaddo Artists," (text by Cullin Murphy, editor of Vanity Fair), Art In General, New York City; The Hyde Collection Museum, Glens Falls, NY

2000 My Notebooks, "Faith: The Impact of Judeo/Christian Religion on Art at the Millennium" (group with Serrano, Turrell ...), Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Conn

2000 Video, The Breakings "Body, Performance, Process," The American Century Show, Whitney Museum, New York City (intro Chrissy Isles w/ work of Mendieta & Wilke)

1999 Breaking With Greatest Resistance, "Zero-G: When Gravity Becomes Form" (group show), Whitney Museum, Stamford, Conn

Breaking Twenty Years Later (performance introduced by Flora Biddle)

1999  Drifting Boundaries, "25/25," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, Calif

1998 Mirror Covering (for the Eleven Million), Bellevue Art Museum, Wash

1997 The Women's Section, "Rage/Resolution" (group w/ Ida Applebroog, Nan Goldin, Nancy Spero), Hebrew Union College, New York City

1996-97 The Liberation of G-D, "Too Jewish," Jewish Museum, New York City (group w/ H. Wilke, R. Pondick, Art Speigelman) toured: San Francisco Jewish Museum Sep 1996-Jan 1997; Armand Hammer Museum, UCLA, Jan-Mar 1997; The Contemporary/Baltimore, Apr-Jun 1997; National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Jul-Dec 1997

1995 two sacs en route, Jumbotron, Times Square, New York City (50th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki)

1995 Bridge of Knots, Facade, UC Berkeley Art Museum 
(curator, Larry Rinder)

1994 Four Times "Paintings in Transition" (w/ Dove Bradshaw), 
Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Conn

1994 Stone Carrying/Stone sacs (with Arab & Jewish Women)
Installation: Artists Space, New York City

1994 Bridge of Knots, Harn Museum, Gainseville, Fla

1993 Bridge of Knots, Knoxville Museum, Tenn (facade installation)

1993 Bridge of Knots, video (sound by Meredith Monk)

1993 Songs of Retribution, Anderson Gallery, New York City (Nancy Spero, curator)

1992 The Earth Ambulance 1982-1992, Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, New York City (Cee Brown curator)

1991 Scrap Books '80,'81,'82 , "Burning in Hell," Franklin Furnace, New York City (Book Art, Nancy Spero, curator)

1990 "Up Front/Land Art," Municipal Art Society, New York City (Mierle Ukeles, curator)

1989 Stretchers, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio (2-person show w/ Christo) 

1989 Stretchers and The Trial of the Sands of Time (performance) P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY

1987 Post-Script video - "Project Conexus," Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York City (traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil)

1987 "Reflections on Survival" (group), LA Women's Building, Los Angeles

1984 "L'Esprit Encyclopedique" (group), Thompson Square Public Library, New York City

1979 Formations (solo), Betty Parsons Gallery, New York City

1979 Formations Breaking (solo) White Columns Gallery
New York City (aka 112 Workshop)

1979 NY Artists: "A Selection from the Last 10 Years" Otis Art Institute, Calif

1978 Nine Artists' Books (group), toured: Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; UC Irvine; Oberlin College, Ohio; UCSD

1978 Formations (solo), Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco

1976 Paintings That Change in Time (solo) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Mass (curated by Wayne Anderson)

1976 Paintings That Change in Time (solo), Grapestake Gallery,
San Francisco

1976 "Abstraction in Metal," on Canvas & Paper (group), Dart Gallery, Chicago

1975 "Six Painters, Six Attitudes" (group), Oakland Museum, Oakland, Calif

1975 Paintings That Change in Time (solo), Susan Caldwell Gallery, 
New York City

1975 Paintings That Change in Time (solo), Betty Parsons Gallery, 
New York City

1972 Shadowlands I and II (solo), Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York City

1972 "Soho Scene" (group), Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY

1971 "Painting & Sculpture Today" (group), Indianapolis Museum of Art

1971 "Four Painters" (group), Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1971 "Beaux Arts Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition," Columbus, Ohio

1970 "Lyrical Abstraction," toured: Aldrich Museum; Phoenix Museum; Philadelphia Civic Center; Whitney Museum

1970 "Plexi and metal paintings," (solo) Max Hutchinson Gallery, 
New York City

1970 "Two Generations of Color Painting," University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

 

 

S E L E C T E D  A W A R D S   &   G R A N T S

 

 

2014 Pollock / Krasner Award
 

2010 Brandeis Institute of Research on Jewish Women
 

2007 Pollock / Krasner Award
 

2005 Brandeis University, Institute for 
   Research on Jewish Women
 

2003 Pollock / Krasner Award
 

2002 National Foundation for Jewish Culture, award for Visual Art
 

2001 NY State Council on the Arts
 

2000 Yaddo-MacArthur Annual Award for a residency sponsorship
 

1999 Yaddo-Philip Morris Award for "an artist who extends the
   boundaries of art"

 

1995-2002 Sponsored Artist of New York Foundation for the Arts
 

1995-96 Pollock Krasner Foundation Award
 

1995 Sponsored installation by New York State Council on the Arts, 
   and Art Matters, two sacs en route, Jumbotron, Times Square

 

1993 NY Foundation for the Arts, New Genre award
 

1990 Gottlieb Foundation for painting and sculpture
 

1989 Harvest Works - Video (Inquiry: The Trial of the Sands of Time)
 

1988 Art and Urban Resources, Clocktower studio for year
 

1981 New York Foundation for the Arts, Sand sacs New Genre award
 

1981 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant
 

1979 CAPS - Painting
 

1973 National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant
 

 

S E L E C T E D   P R E S S  (see also Reviews)

 

 

2009 Ancora Imparo, Amy Newman, interview regarding All Rise

2009 The Jerusalem Post, Nathan Burstein, Sept 27 re: Reinventing Ritual

2006 New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio, Jan 15 re: Earth Ambulance

2004 NY ARTS, Paula Rabinowitz, Jul/Aug re: My Wailing Wall

2004 San Francisco Chronicle, Hilary Abramson, Mar 28 re:The Digital Liberation of G-D and The Last Supper: Names/No Names

2003 The Australian, Georgina Safe, Mar 14 re: My Clean Days and My Marriage Bed

2001 Boston Globe, Michael Paulson, Sep 21 "An Unorthodox Artist" 
re: My Notebooks

2001 New York Times, Dinitia Smith, Jul 19 profile, re: My Bridal Chamber

2001 Around Town, WETA TV, Washington, DC, Best Bets, My Bridal Chamber

2001 Washington City Paper, Louis Jacobson Jun 1, My Bridal Chamber

2001 NPR May 16 Washington. DC re: My Bridal Chamber

2001 Washington Post, Jessica Dawson, Aug 23, "A Feminist's Conflicts of Faith" re:My Bridal Chamber

2001 The Intowner, DC, Anthony Harvey, Aug My Bridal Chamber

2000 New York Times, Grace Glueck, review (re: Aldrich "Faith" show; mention of My Notebooks)

2000 Bridges magazine, "A Conversation Between Artist Helène Aylon and Rabbi Rolando Matalon," Vol 8 (cover story)

1999 Art in America, "Deconstructing The Torah", Robert Berlind, October, feature, pp142-147

1999 New York Times, Roberta Smith, Aug 6, review "When Gravity Becomes Form" re:Breaking With Greatest Resistance

1999 New York Times, William Zimmer, Jul 18, review (re: Gravity...)

1999 Tikkun magazine, "Helène Aylon, Feminism and God," Nan Fink Gefen, Mar/Apr

2000 Catalogue essay, Connie Lewallen (Sr. curator, Berkeley Museum) "25/25" (group) re: Drifting Boundaries, Southern Exposure gallery, San Francisco

1998 Cross Currents: Journal of the Association for Religion & Intellectual Life, review by Ruth Ost re: My Notebooks (cover story)

1997 Philadelphia Inquirer, Sep 24, Edward Sozanski, review

1997 Baltimore Sun, Jean Marabella, "A World Apart, Together in Hope," 
Jun 10, re: meeting of Helène Aylon and Lea Rabin at The Liberation of G-D

1997 Los Angeles Times, "Too Jewish? Good Query" Christopher Knight, 
Feb 4, group review (cited at length) re: The Liberation of G-D

1997 Los Angeles Times Calendar, "Too Jewish? Hardly," Kristine McKenna, Feb 2, group review (cited at length) re: The Liberation of G-D

1997 Detour Magazine, "How Jewish is Too Jewish?" Christopher Miles, Feb, group review (cited) re:The Liberation of G-D

1996 Artforum, "Too Jewish?" Carol Ockman, Sep, group review (cited) re:The Liberation of G-D

1996 San Francisco Chronicle, "Artful Look at Jewish Identity," Kenneth Baker, Sep 16, group review (cited) re: The Liberation of G-D

1996 Jerusalem Report, The Arts, Calev Ben-David, May 2, review (cited) 

1996 Village Voice, "Jewish Wry," Leslie Camhi, Apr 2, (cited at length) 

1996 New York Times, Michael Kimmelman, Mar 8 review, (cited) 

1995 Yaddo Newsletter, Public Artists at Yaddo, Nina Castelli Sundell, Fall

1995 Art in America, Peter Selz, December review, Bridge of Knots

1995 El Nuevo Dia, "Ambulancia de La Tierra," Leslie Knowlton, Aug 27

1995 Berkeley Art Museum/UC Calendar, Lawrence Rinder (curator), Jul/Aug, re:  Bridge of Knots

1995 Artweek, "Helène Aylon at the Berkeley Art Museum," Anthony Torres, Sep review, Bridge of Knots

1992 New York Times, Roberta Smith, (group review) Aug 28, re: The Earth Ambulance 1982 - 1992, with photo

1989 Le Grif (Paris), "Survive & Continue," Francoise Collin, Winter issue

1989 Women Artists News, Cynthia Navaretta, Spring re: Inquiry: The Trial Of The Sands Of Time

1989 Art and Artists, Virginia Maksymowicz, Mar, re: Inquiry

1989 Art in America, Walter Robinson "Ecology Art Confounds Jury," Feb 

1989 San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker, Feb 17, article re: Inquiry

1989 Village Voice, Robert Atkins, Feb 14 review, re: Inquiry...

1988 Ms. Magazine, Lindsay Van Gelder "Ecofeminism 101," Jan/Feb 

1985 W's International Forum, Gloria Orenstein "Art & Healing," Vol. 8 #5

1983 Vogue, Lorraine Davis "People Are Talking About...," Jul (blurb)

1983 Village Voice, Richard Goldstein, Jul 12, Pillowcase hanging at U.N. 

1982 Ms. Magazine, Martha Nelson, Sep (re: Soviet action & arrest) 

1982 Quotidiano Donna, Lucia Chiavola, Apr, re: Earth Ambulance

1981 Schachaf (Israel), Jul, review of Stone Carrying/Stone sacs

1981 Artbeat, Suzaan Boettger "From Oil to Stone: The Making of a Political Artist," Feb

1981 Oakland Tribune, Charles Shere, Feb, review Sand Gatherings

1979 San Francisco Bay Guardian, Robert Atkins, Feb 21, column re: 
The Breakings

1979 Arts, Barbara Cavalier, Apr, review re: The Breakings

1979 Village Voice, April Kingsley "Nature Takes Its Course," Apr 1

1979 New York Times, Grace Glueck Mar 16, Formations Breaking

1979 Art in America, Knute Stile, #67-Mar, review The Breakings

1979 Artforum, Hal Fischer, #17-Dec, review Formations

1978 Artweek, Mary Stofflet-Santiago, Oct, review Formations

1978 San Francisco Chronicle, Alfred Frankenstein, Oct 14, 
review Formations

1976 Women Art Magazine, Lawrence Alloway, Summer issue; Paintings 
That Change In Time 

1976 Cambridge Chronicle, Ann Phillips, Mar 25 "Aylon's Paintings Flow Before Your Very Eyes," review of the M.I.T. show Paintings That Change

1976 Artweek, Joanne Dickson "Paintings in Process" Jan 17, re: Paintings That Change

1976 San Francisco Chronicle, Alfred Frankenstein, Jan 9, Paintings 
That Change

1976 Catalogue essay - M.I.T., Marge Supovitz, Paintings 
That Change

1975 Catalogue - Betty Parsons/Susan Caldwell shows, Lawrence Alloway

1975 Art in America, Peter Schjeldahl, Nov, Paintings That Change,Susan Caldwell Gallery

1975 Art International, Carter Ratcliff, Nov, Paintings That Change

1975 Arts Magazine, Noel Frackman, Nov, Paintings That Change 

1975 Arts Magazine, Allen Ellenzweig, #50-Nov, review Paintings That Change, Betty Parsons Gallery

1975 San Francisco Chronicle, Alfred Frankenstein "NY," Sep 28
Betty Parsons Gallery

1975 Artweek, RF Stepan "Six Painters; Six Attitudes," Sep 6
Oakland Museum

1975 Oakland Tribune, Charles Shere, Aug 10, review 
Oakland Museum

1975 San Francisco Chronicle, Thomas Albright, Jul 24, review 
Oakland Museum

1973 Artforum, April Kingsley "Women Choose Women," #11-Mar; Centerfold

1972 Art International, Carter Ratcliff, #16-Jun, review Silver Paintings

1971 Arts Magazine, Gregoire Mueller "Materiality and Painterliness," Sep/Oct article

1971 New York Times, James Mellow, Jun 20, (cited) re: "Lyrical Abstraction" at Whitney

1970 Art News, Lawrence Campbell, Dec, re: Max Hutchinson Gallery

1970 Arts Magazine, Willis Domingo "Recent American Painting," Dec

1970 Art International, Carter Ratcliff, Sep, "Lyrical Abstraction" at the Aldrich Museum

1970 Art International, Carter Ratcliff, Dec, re: Max Hutchinson Gallery

1970 New York Times, Grace Glueck "Highlights of the Downtown Scene," 
Apr 11, re: Max Hutchinson Gallery

1970 Art in America, Larry Aldrich "Young Lyrical Painters," #58-Apr

1966 Art News, Lawrence Campbell "Ruach," #65-Dec (feature); mural at JFK Airport

 

 

C O M M I S S I O N S

 

 

1978 San Francisco Airport, San Francisco: (Purchase Award, San Francisco Art Commission) Painting That Changes, 8'x 4'

1968 New York University Medical Center, Lobby, New York City: 2 walls

1966 Chapel Library, JFK Airport 

 

 

P U B L I C   C O L L E C T I O N S

 

 

American University Museum - Bridge of Knots (Video)​

Baker and Betts, Houston, Tex: Painting, 1976

Brandeis University Jewish Women's Research Center, Mass: The Book That Will Not Close 1999

Flasch Artists Book Collection of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Scrap Book 80; Scrap Book 81;Scrap book 82

Harris Bank, Chicago: Painting, 1975, Painting That Changes

Jewish Museum, New York City: Apple Plate, 2004

Jewish Museum, New York City: permanent acquisition, The Liberation of G-D

Jewish Museum of Australia: The Book That will Not Close

M.I.T. Cambridge: Descending Ochre, A Painting That Changes, 1974

MoMA: NY Political Art Documentation Rescued Earth cloth poster, 1982

 

Morgan Library: Sparkling Firmament and Torn Drawing

Museum of Modern Art, New York City: 3 Scrap Books and poster/artifact

New Museum of Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel: silver painting, 1971

New York Jewish Museum, Apple Plate, acquired in 2005 from auction of REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Boston

Oakland Museum, CA: Painting That Changes, 1974

Richmond Art Museum: 2 Paintings, 1972 and Twin Breakings, 1979 
(via Sidney Lewis) 

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: Breaking 1979, Breaking With Greater Resistance and Darkening Thrust, Leaking Break

SFJCC: The Digital Liberation of G-D, 2004

Skidmore, Owens and Merrill, Chicago: Painting That Changes, 1975

 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC: Breaking with Jagged Edges

Victoria and Albert Museum, London: An Antiwar Ceremonial 1982, acquired in 2012

Westinghouse Corporation: silver painting, 1972

Whitney Museum, New York City: Painting, Homage to Redon, 1971


 

T E A C H I N G

1989 Instructor of Interdisciplinary, Women's Center for Learning, NY
 

1977 Instructor in Painting, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, CA
 

Instructor in Painting, California College of Arts and Crafts
 

1973-1976 Lecturer, Department of Art, San Francisco State University
 

1971-1972 Instructor in Painting, Hunter College, NY


1970-1971 Instructor in Painting, Brooklyn Museum Art School
 

V I S I T I N G   A R T I S T

 

2006 Temple University, Philadelphia, J.W. Studies-Judaism & Gender
 

2005 Queens College, Canada From Ruach to The Digital Liberation of    G-D
 

2005 Washington University, St. Louis The Three Feminist Landscapes
   of the Last Three Decades: Bio-logical, Eco-logical, Theo-logical

 

2004 Keynote Speaker at conference of Women's 
   Studies/Performance Art Northampton University, England;
   The Three Feminist Landscapes of the Last Three Decades: 
   Bio-logical, Eco-logical, Theo-logical

 

2004 Ackland Art Museum NC - panel with theologians from Chapel Hill, 
   NC

 

2004 SUNY, Purchase: Art Dept. and Women's Studies, "The Earth 
   Ambulance My Bridal Chamber"

 

2003 Minneapolis College of Art and Design
 

2002 Temple University, Mar 4 (class of Laura Levitt) 
 

2002 Marywood University, Penn, Apr 10 (Class of Linda Partridge) 
 

2001 Performance at opening of My Notebooks, Brandeis University 
   Women's Studies Research Center, Oct 16

 

2001 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, co-sponsored 
   by Women's Studies Scholars Program, Feb

 

2000 Fordham University, New York (class of Livia Straus) 
 

2000 Temple University (Honors class of Ruth Ost) 
 

2000 Rutgers University, NJ (class of Alicia Ostriker), May 2
 

2000 Barnard College, New York (class of Irena Klepficz), Apr 6
 

1998 Sara Lawrence College, "Word and Image," Jewish Women 
   Scholars, Oct 18

 

1998 Mills College (class of Elinor Gadon) 
 

1998 Temple University, Women's Studies, Dec 8
 

1997 Armand Hammer Museum, UCLA - artist talk with artist 
   Ken Apteker

 

1996 Jewish Museum, San Francisco - talk to SF Collectors Club, 
   Dec 6

 

1996 Barnard College, New York
 

1996 University of Memphis
 

1996 Jewish Theological Seminary, Jewish Women's Studies 
   (class of Vivian Mann) 
1995 University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA , Aug 6 (Larry Rinder, 
   curator) 

 

1995 Pacific Film Archives/ Berkeley; 6-min video with Meredith Monk
 

1994 Providence College, Women's Studies
 

1993 William and Mary College, VA (class of Alan Wallach) 
 

1992 & 91 Sweet Briar College, VA
 

1989 State University of Iowa, Ames
 

1989 University of Iowa, Iowa City (class of Hans Breder) 
 

1989 Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (class of Janet Kaplan) 
 

1989 Art Institute of San Francisco (class of Moira Roth/Susan 
   Griffin) 

 

1989 California College of Arts and Crafts (class of Suzanne Lacy) 
 

1988 Drew University, NJ - "Different Readings," Women's Studies 
   Conference

 

1987 Asia Society, NY
 

1986 International Center of Photography, New York City
 

1985 Banff Center, Alberta, Canada - Art for Social Change
 

1985 Nagasaki Institute for Language and Cultures, Japan
 

1985 Hiroshima Women's College, Hiroshima, Japan
 

1985 Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan
 

1985 Seika College, Kyoto, Japan
 

1984 SUNY New Paltz, NY - Women and World Peace Conference
 

1984 Brooklyn College, NY - Women's Studies Conference
 

1983 City College, NY (class of April Kingsley) 
 

1981 Wizo College, Haifa, Israel
 

1981 DeYoung Museum (5 artist series) 
 

1980 University of California at San Diego (class of Moira Roth) 
 

1980 CCAC, Oakland (class of Suzanne Lacy) 
 

1980 School of Visual Arts, New York City (class of May Stevens) 
 

1980 Hayward State University, CA (class of Ray Saunders) 
 

1979 SUNY Stonybrook (class of Lawrence Alloway) 
 

1979 Columbia University, NY
 

1977 Brown University, RI
 

1977 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
 

1976 University Art Museum, Berkeley; "Artist as Teacher" series
 

1976 University of California at Berkeley, Department of 
   Art Education

 

1975 Virginia Commonwealth University
 

1975 Brown University, RI (class of Marvin Brown) 
 

1975 M.I.T. (in conjunction with solo exhibition) 
 

1974 Art Institute of San Francisco (class of Joyce Kozloff) 
 

A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S

 

(Upcoming) Book: Body, Earth, and God: Helène Aylon’s Jewish-Feminist Art in the United States, 1970-2017, David Sperber, Yale University

(Upcoming) Book: A Better World Starts Here, Stacy Russo

Closing day of Reinventing Ritual, Walkthrough and Dialogue with Rabbi David Ingber, Jewish Museum, February 7, 2010

Exhibit Re-Imagines Jewish Ritual - NPR Radio: Morning Edition, Dec 11, 2009

NYU Center for Religion & Media: Session on Art and New Media, Feb 3, 2006

Web site: Jewish Women's Archives - Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution

Norman Kleeblat read a paper on the Art and Text: Aylon, Neshat at the conference on The Future of Jewish Culture, Toronto 2005

National Foundation For Jewish Culture - 2002 Award for Visual Art, (Introduction by Jeanne-Claude & Christo) 

Book: Art of Engagement: Visual Politics from California and Beyond,
Peter Selz

Interview/book: Performance Artists Talking in the Eighties, Linda Montano pp 337-343

WBAI Radio talk with Andres Serrano, re: "Faith" exhibit at Aldrich Museum

Tikkun Magazine, Phyllis Chesler, p 79, Vol 13, May/Jun 1998

Book, The Journey Home: "Jewish Women and the American Century,"

Joyce Antler Catalogue, "Too Jewish? Challenging Traditional 
Identities," Norman Kleeblat

Cover for "New Music Composers" CD - Beth Anderson

Book, The Power of Feminist Art, by Mary Garrard and Norma Braude

Book, The Pink Glass Swan, Feminist Essays on Art, by Lucy Lippard

Book, Mapping the Terrain: New Genre Public Art, by Suzanne Lacy

Panel, Nagasaki Day, Performance: Viewers Lie Down in Ambulance and Talk About Their Dreams and Nightmares, Creative Time, Art in the Anchorage, Aug 9, 1992

Panel, "Ecofeminist Art/Eco-Logical Art": Artists Talk on Art, Nov 22, 1992

Book, The Rivers of Courage: Women's Resistance through the Ages, 
Pam MacAllister

Panel, "Feminist Artists' Juxtapositions," 4th International Congress on Women, Hunter College, 1990

Book, The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time, 
by Elinor Gadin, 1989

Panel, "Ideas Into Practice," Women's Caucus for Art, San Francisco, 1989

Panel, "Art & the Earth: the New Landscape Artist," WCA/CAA, Boston, 1987 

Book Interview by Moira Roth, "Connecting Conversations," 1987

Adrienne Rich invitation Arab/Jewish Stone Carrying, New Jewish Agenda, Santa Cruz, 1987

Heresies Magazine, "On Common Ground," #23

L'Universite Des Femmes, Brussels, Fanny Filosof, Summer, 1986

Book, Art in the Collection of the Oakland Museum, 1985

Included in "A Decade of Art from San Francisco," Thomas Albright, 1985

Susan Griffin: forward, Reclaim the Earth, by Leonie Caldecott

Panel, "Innovative Teaching," Women's Caucus for Art, San Francisco, 1981

Panel, "Perspectives on Teaching," CAA, New Orleans, 1980

Artforum, article by Moira Roth, "Eight Feminist Artists" Nov 1980 

Interviewed by Gloria Frym in "Second Stories," Chronicle Books, 1980

One of 50 women artists documented for the National Archives

Interview of Betty Parsons - Cover story WomanArt Magazine, Fall 1979

San Francisco Chronicle, "This World," Alfred Frankenstein, p 27, 
Jun 11, 1979

"Women Artists of the 70's," Lawrence Alloway, Metropolitan Museum, Mar 21, 1976

Cover literary magazine, Pequod, Calif. Small Press Publication, 1975

 

E D U C A T I O N   &   D E G R E E S

 

Brooklyn College, Art, BA Cum Laude, BA Cum Laude 1960, Studied 
with Ad Reinhardt

 

New School for Social Research, New York, 1960-65
 

Art Students' League, New York
 

San Francisco State University, MFA Equivalency, 1974
 

Antioch College West, MA Equiv, Women's Studies/Performance Art, 1980, performance as thesis Sand Carrying
 

F O R   R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S

 

Joyce Antler, professor of American History and Women's Studies, Brandeis University; Robert Berlind, writer for Art in America; Flora Biddle, Whitney Museum; Christo, artist; Jessica Dawson, formerly of the Washington Post; Fiona Donovan, Board of Trustees, Whitney Museum; Dvora Liss, curator, Ein Harod Museum; Gideon Efrat, Art Historian, Jerusalem; Sean Elwood, Creative Capital Foundation; Alison Gass, Broad Art Museum; Eleanor Heartney, critic for Art in America; Susan Isaacs, professor, Towson University; Chrissie Iles, curator, Whitney Museum; Norman Kleeblat, curator, Jewish Museum NY; Joyce Kozloff, artist; Philip Lopate, cultural critic; Rick Moody, writer; Cullen Murphy, ed. at Vanity Fair; Shulamit Reinharz, Director, H.B.I. - Brandeis Institute for Research on Jewish Women; Martin Rosenberg, Chair, Art Dept., Rutgers University; Phyllis Rosenzweig, former curator of Hirshhorn Museum, DC; Peter Samis, curator of interpretation, SF MoMA; Gary Schiro, Director, Hudson Opera House; Ori Soltes, Georgetown University; Nina Castelli Sundell, Yaddo; Ann Sutherland Harris, art historian; Eric Shiner, director, The Warhol; Sally Gottesman, Moving Traditions Foundation.