New York

Catherine Yass, Wall, 2004, still from a color video, 32 minutes 50 seconds.

Catherine Yass, Wall, 2004, still from a color video, 32 minutes 50 seconds.

New York

“Dateline Israel: New Photography and Video Art”

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
March 9–August 5, 2007

Curated by Susan Tumarkin Goodman

The twenty-three artists in this exhibition substitute everyday-life detail for the maps-and-graphs abstraction of news coverage of Israel. Their politically charged images—lingering evidence of military conflict; sweeping expanses of contested land, frequently barricaded—beg viewers to look far beyond the headlines. Curated by Susan Tumarkin Goodman and accompanied by a catalogue with essays by critic Andy Grundberg and others, this exhibition comprises forty-nine works—from Amit Goren’s multichannel video installation touching on displacement to Barry Frydlender’s wide-angle photograph of men on religious holiday; from Ori Gersht’s poetic, haunted landscapes to Catherine Yass’s documentation of newly constructed dividing walls; from Guy Raz’s deserted beach scene to Rineke Dijkstra’s time-lapse documentation of teenage military conscripts—portraying contemporary Israeli life in all its complexity.