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SOCAL | Exclusive Preview Walkthrough: Hearing: Michal Heiman at American Jewish University
January 12, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Image: Michal Heiman, Mask: Plate 34, by Dr. Hugh W. Diamond, ca. 1855, Return: Asylum (The Dress, 1855-2019), 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
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Following our studio visit with the artist at 18th Street Center for the Arts, we invite you to join us for a special preview walkthrough with curator and fellow SoCal ArtTable member Rotem Rozental of Hearing: Michal Heiman, her first West Coast one-woman show. One of the foremost artists working in Israel today, Heiman’s cross-disciplinary practice incorporates photography, archival research, critical theory, psychoanalysis, gender and performance. In this exhibition, the artist explores the forgotten histories of women who have been confined to asylums, inviting the audience to engage with their untold stories.
ArtTable members and their guests are invited to attend the opening reception after the walkthrough at 3:00 pm.
Born and based in Tel Aviv, Michal Heiman is an artist, curator, founder of the Photographer Unknown archive (1984), and creator of the Michal Heiman Tests (M.H.Ts) 1–4. Heiman teaches at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and is a member of the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. For over three decades, Heiman has been developing methodologies that operate between art, therapy, photography, human rights, theory, and practice. She studies neglected histories and their visual aspects, focusing on the history of women, questions of identity, the history of aesthetic production in psychoanalysis, and the role of archives. In 2015, she founded the public-benefit corporation An Academy of Her Own, which advocates gender equality in various academic institutions. For more on Michal Heiman: https://www.heimanmichal.com
Rotem Rozental is the Chief Curator of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and serves as the Assistant Dean of the Whizin Center and the Director of the Institute for Jewish Creativity (IJC). She has contributed as a consultant, editor, writer, educator and organizer to international publications, such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Artforum.com, Tablet.com, and Uncertain State, as well as cultural non-profits and organizations, among them Dia:Beacon, The Liverpool Biennial, The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, and the Jerusalem Season of Culture. Traversing the domains of technology, media and art, her scholarly and curatorial projects have been supported by Artis, Independent Curators International, NurtureArt and the Center for Jewish History (NYC).
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