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Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica

Amy Reichert: Reinventing Judaica

Sunday, October 5, 2014 to Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
 was pleased to present a selection of Jewish ceremonial objects (Judaica) for the home and community by local architect and designer Amy Reichert.

Amy ReichertAmy Reichert has been creating Judaica since 1995, when she was inspired to create a Passover seder plate for a competition funded by Philip and Sylvia Spertus (the son and daughter-in-law of Herman Spertus, one of the brothers for whom Spertus Institute is named).

Her floating Hanukkah lamps, blossoming Shabbat candles, and sophisticated seder plates offer a dramatic new take on traditional designs. This debut solo exhibit showcases Ms. Reichert’s creative process, which fuses sophisticated interpretation of Jewish texts with innovative contemporary design  and local artisanal craftsmanship.

Ms. Reichert received her BA and MArch from Yale University. She combines her studio work with teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Symbolism Meets Modern Life

Read an interview with Amy Reichert in The New York Times, in which she talks about turning floating brass flowers into menorahs, decorating silver Sabbath goblets with pearls, and having seder plates carved to resemble desert dunes. MORE>


Image at left

Seder Plate I
Winner, second prize
Philip and Sylvia Spertus Judaica Prize

View a selection of
Amy Reichert's works>

Gallery Talks

Meet Amy Reichert gave three drop-in gallery talks where guests learned about her creative process.

Sunday, October 19 at 1 pm
Thursday, December 11 at 1 pm
Sunday, March 8 at 1 pm


Exhibits at Spertus Institute
are supported in part by the
Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

Chicago Artists Month