Rank and File: New Art Gallery to Open in Modi'in

Audrey Sklar Levy on her new exhibition space in central Israel, plus Bernard Mann on his new book about King David and a Slam Series poetry event in Tel Aviv

South Africa-born Margot Saffer performing at the Slam Series in Tel Aviv.
Ady Zelter

IN WITH THE MODI’IN CROWD: As Modi’in grows, so does its cultural scene – and an American Israeli is behind the latest venture. Audrey Sklar Levy, a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will hold the grand opening of her Sklar Levy Gallery this Saturday evening in the central Israel city. “I was aware that artists need more promotion and a place to exhibit, as well as a desire to bring some of the culture from Tel Aviv to Modi’in,” she told Haaretz. “My hope is to bring quality art dialogue to Modi’in.” Appropriately, the opening is called “Opening,” and Sklar Levy explained that “it deals with metaphorical and literal meanings of the word opening. There are lots of orifices and openings into other worlds,” she said. Artists exhibiting include Israeli Zac Hacmon, who is based in New York. Most of the artists will be present on Saturday. The curator is Shirley Wegner. For more info, call Audrey at (054) 316 4080.

GETTING TO KNOW KING DAVID: Inspired by a question from his son about who King David really was, poet Bernard Mann determined to get to know the legendary Jewish leader based on both biblical and scholarly works. The result is his new work of historical fiction, “David & Avshalom: Life and Death in the Forest of Angels.” Mann, who resettled in Israel in March – some 54 years after he last resided here – will discuss the work at a book launch in Ra’anana on Wednesday. He told Haaretz that the book aims to capture real history, including the women in David’s life like Batsheva. “David’s invitation to women in Samuel 2 is a breakthrough for a patriarchal society,” noted Mann, a former Fulbright scholar who grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. “He also surely asked a woman to write the Book of Ruth,” he added. For registration, call (09) 748 2957.

WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU SLAM: The Poetry and Storytelling Slam Series is holding its fourth annual Grand Slam at the Abraham Hostel, Tel Aviv, next Tuesday at 19:30. The evening will feature the top performers of the past six months, Slam Series founder Karen Lerman told Haaretz. “Our 2017-2018 season has been my favorite so far,” said the former New Yorker. “We are really seeing the culture of slam take off in Tel Aviv, with an exceptional level of performers – both Anglo, international and Israeli, an ever-more discerning audience and great vibes all around. This year’s finalists include Aviel Galkin, Zo Flamenbaum, Ron Bigman, Jennifer Brenis, Yoni Fleishman, Shachar May, Ephy Rinsky, Emily Wintzer, Margot Saffer, David Sagman and Naomi Henoch. Lerman added that the night will open with 2016 Grand Slam winner Andrea Hope Góra. For more info, call (03) 655 4040.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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