Monday, October 29, 2012

Genizah Goes On. . .

The Genizah is still accepting contributions.  

Please mail your materials to:

The Genizah Project
P.O. Box 11696
Washington D.C. 20008

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Genizah Chatter

Many thanks to the local writers, bloggers and art folk who have been talking about The Genizah Project!

Genizah tops Heiner Contemporary's Elizabeth Parkman's list of her favorite Artomatic pieces. 

ArtSee DC extends Genizah a thoughtful treatment in its Artomatic write-up

Lisa Traiger's sensitive piece in the Washington Jewish Week explores the ideas behind The Genizah Project.

Curious District discusses Genizah in its round-up of Artomatic pieces that give new life to recycled and repurposed materials.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Request

I am seeking contributions of old papers and correspondence that you have, until now, been unable to part with. I am offering a means of disposing those scraps that you have carried throughout life and no longer want to carry. 

These sentinel scraps can go if there is a place for them: I'll be your place and we will put them to rest as art. Think of it as a burial.

Once received, your papers will become a part of an art installation at this year's Artomatic, a DC-area arts show. Viewers at Artomatic will not be prohibited from looking through the papers, but they won't be encouraged to do so either. If you don't want anyone seeing the papers, let me know and I will place them in an envelope that will be sealed with excessive amounts of serious-looking tape. I will not read through the papers you send me. 

At Artomatic's end, the piece will be disassembled and your papers put to rest in a manner befitting their dignity. You will not receive your papers in return. 

The Mechanics


Add contributions to the installation yourself. 

Artomatic 2012

1851 South Bell Street
Crystal City, VA
Ninth Floor, off room 907


Drop off your contributions. 

3064 Mount Pleasant St NW DC

Administrative Building 
606 I St NW DC


Mail your contributions.

PO Box 11696
Washington, DC 20008



For more information

The Genizah Project on NPR

Listen to WAMU reporter Emily Friedman's fantastic NPR Piece on Artomatic and The Genizah Project!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Join the artist for an interactive workshop at Sixth & I on June 5 at 7pm.

Using text study and creative exchange, this Workshop investigates our need to hold on--and let go. Participants will use art as a means of exploring our vexing accumulations. 

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St NW

Tuesday June 5


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Genizah Awaits You at Artomatic

SEE the installation.

DEPOSIT your own papers & things. 

ENJOY this fabulous event.

Artomatic 2012

May 18 through June 23

1851 South Bell Street

Crystal City Virginia

Installation on the 9th floor, off room 907

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Genizah Grows But Is Still Greedy

Piles of receipts
Girl scout badges
Train schedules
Holiday greetings
Birthday cards
Boarding passes
Childhood report cards 
Bat mitzvah invitations
Fraying letters from sleep-a-way camp
Thank-you-notes not-sent 
Love letters
Hate letters
Dinner menus
Lists of things not-done
Notes passed in class
Yellowed newspaper clippings
Toddlers' drawings
Concert Stubs

Keep those wonderful contributions coming.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Some of the many wonderful contributions to the Genizah

Remember: I won't look through your papers unless you invite me to (as these contributors did).

If you would like to contribute, but want your papers kept private, please let me know.

I will make sure that they are wrapped securely so that they are not visible in the installation.