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Kite Festival, 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 20, 2016

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

The Israel Museum held its annual Kite Festival during Sukkot (Oct. 18, 2016). It was packed with families attending the kite workshop and watching the kite show later in the day.

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Homemade kites (the square ones with two tails) fly surprisingly well.

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

This enormous cobra kite was very impressive but wasn’t in the air for very long. Its tail kept getting caught on trees and electric poles.

Kite Festival, Israel Museum 2016

Kite design is amazing.

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Frog vs. Angry Bird.

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

Kite Festival, Israel Museum, 2016

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Children’s Folk Dance Group, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This was a more traditional folk dance performance. Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this group but they danced beautifully. The girls are so light on their feet that they move like gazelles. Very few boys seem to participate in the younger groups (I have a son–folk dance doesn’t have quite the same cachet for young boys as soccer and karate….). This group had two male dancers.

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Hassidic Theme Dance, Yom Atzmaut 2016

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 17, 2016

This performance was cute. A troupe of girls dressed as Hassidic boys dance to a medley of Hassidic tunes. Around the midpoint of the video, the “rebbe” (the only boy in the group) joins in with a Torah scroll.

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Folk Dancing at the Israel Museum (Yom Atzmaut 2016)

Posted by Avital Pinnick on May 15, 2016

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve lived in Israel since 1989, I’ve never seen a folk dance performance except maybe on TV. Since we had no plans on Yom Atzmaut, we decided to go to the Israel Museum to watch the folk dancing there and I shot this video of some of the dances with non-performers (I’ll post the videos of performances later). In the first segment, there’s a guy holding a plastic sword aloft. He’s from the Yerushalayim shel Zahav dance troupe, a group of senior citizens who performed several times. At 3:38 I added a notation to point out a young guy in a blue shirt and beige baseball cap who really got into the dancing. I started following him with the camera because he was fun to watch.

These videos were shot in the middle of a hot day, between 11 and 1:30. You can see from the shadows that the sun is directly overhead and there’s no shade. It didn’t seem to deter anyone. They all seem to be having a lot of fun.

I was struck by how diverse the folk dance fans are–they cover a wide range of ages and religious observance. I almost wished I had gone to the weekly folk dance classes that were held at the Hebrew U., but honestly, I had two left feet in those days. Being a musician does not translate into being able to dance. I could do it now but I have too many hobbies at the moment. 🙂

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Israel Museum Panoramas

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 9, 2015

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A few more panoramas from my class exercise, taken at the Israel Museum. The first photo shows the two dominant features of the Shrine of the Book, the white dome in the shape of a jar lid (the scrolls were found in covered jars), representing the Sons of Light, and the black slab representing the Sons of Darkness.

The second photo shows the famous “Ahava” (“Love”) sculpture from the reverse side, with the nearby Jerusalem neighbourhoods.

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This exhibit was very low, so I wasn’t able to get good shots of the panorama because I didn’t want to lie on the floor in the long hallway leading to the main building. The laser-cut aluminum silhouettes represent technological advances and are an accompaniment to the exhibit, A Brief History of Humankind. If I’d had more time, I would have tried to put one of the more prominent sculptures in the center of the frame, but the hall was quite crowded at the time (another good reason for not lying on the floor).

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Shadow of the Dome

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 20, 2015

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Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum. I was wondering what a black dome would look like, so I stood on the side that was in the shade.

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Love

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 20, 2015

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A different look at Robert Indiana’s iconic “Ahava” sculpture.

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Infinity

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 20, 2015

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I was trying to turn the reflection into twin sun flares. I liked this shot because the seated woman shows the scale of the sculpture. She appears to be contemplating the reflections but she’s actually watching over a toddler playing on the other side of the sculpture.

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Pillars of Water

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 20, 2015

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Israel Museum in Jerusalem. I like playing with unfamiliar views of familiar objects.

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“Light Spaces” at the Israel Museum

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 14, 2014

James Turrell, "Raemar Pink White"

James Turrell’s “Light Spaces” exhibit is in the Modern and Contemporary Art wing of the Israel Museum until the end of this month. His light installations at first seem not too remarkable–even migraine-inducing–but if you take the time to sit and study them, you become aware of changes in your perception. Walls and corners project and recede, colours change, and dimensions shift.

The “Raemar Pink White” installation (above), first shown in 1967, is part of the Shallow Spaces series, which uses light in a partitioned space to manipulate the eye’s perception of depth. By the way, when you leave the room, the world looks green.

“Afrum” (below) appears to be a white cube floating in space. This clever illusion is created by a strong light projected onto a corner of the room.

James Turrell, "Afrum"

“Key Lime” appears to be a translucent wall, suggested by the red borders. It’s created by coloured lights around the corner. You are allowed to walk into this installation.

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A guard is telling two boys not to go too far. When you stand at the red “boundary” and twirl around, it likes your arm is disappearing into a wall.  These photographs were quite challenging because of the very dim light. Officially, photography is not allowed in this exhibit, but most rooms didn’t have guards (can you imagine having to sit in front of the pink rectangle for an hour?) and the guard in “Key Lime” didn’t object to my photographing the installation with my DSLR. He wasn’t too thrilled when one of the boys pulled out a cellphone and photographed it with a flash.

James Turrell, "Key Lime"

This installation is not part of “Light Spaces.” I photographed it because I’m interested in art that uses recycled objects. Ghanaian artist El Anatsui’s “Many Moons” is created entirely of flattened bottle caps that have been sewn together with copper wire in a pattern reminiscent of African Kente cloth. I don’t think the strips are bottle caps; the shape is different and they appear to be plastic. Perhaps they’re the wrappers that cover the tops of the bottles. The labour involved in creating this enormous sculpture is staggering. This piece drapes like cloth, although it’s entirely metal and plastic.

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Detail of circular strips flattened into triangles and sewn together.

El Anatsui, "Many Moons"

Bottle caps flattened into squares and sewn together.

El Anatsui, "Many Moons"

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