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Conney Conference at the 92 Street Y, NYC

Spinoza In Our Time

April 1, 9:00-10:00am

Moderator: Ori Z. Soltes.

Panelists: Yona Verwer, Cynthia Beth Rubin, David Wander,

Lenore Cohen, Judith Joseph and Goldie Gross.

The panel will take up some of the thinking that shaped the exhibition, Spinoza: Marrano of Reason, which opened on March 7 in two venues in Amsterdam. The exhibit offers the work of a diversity of artists—from the Netherlands, the United States, Israel, and Colombia—who addressed a diversity of issues that resonate from the story of the brilliant 17th-century Dutch Jewish philosopher.


Anti-Semitism and Jewish Art Today 

April 2, 10:00-11:00am

Moderator: Ruth Weisberg.

Panelists: Yona Verwer, Richard McBee, Phillip Schwartz, and Max Kulchinsky.

Anti-Semitism has reasserted itself as a primary international factor in 21st

Century Jewish life. Contemporary artists members of the Jewish Art Salon have responded forcefully to this wide-ranging existential threat. Some have documented the shocking parallels of Nazi era abuses and current European desecrations; one young artist charts his coming-of-age awareness in anti-Semitic symbols and memes, another explores the clash between LGBTQ rally and pro-Israeli sentiments while another constructs orthodox observance as a vehicle for resistance and mourning for the Pittsburg Synagogue massacre.




Art Stations of the Cross - Troubled Waters

An Exhibition across Amsterdam in 14+1 Iconic Destinations

March 6 - April 22, 2019.

Curators: Marleen Hengelaar and Aniko Ouweneel.

This unique public art project will take visitors on a creative and contemplative journey, using the story and symbols of the Passion to reflect upon contemporary injustices, from refugees to victims of sex-trafficking.

I will be exhibiting a collaborative, interactive artwork called “Troubled Waters”. It focuses on Amsterdam’s past and present problems regarding women’s imprisonment: the deportation of Jews in WWII vs. the sex trade slavery.

Visual art by Yona Verwer and Katarzyna Kozera.

Embedded in the paintings are augmented reality videos by Francesca Giovannetti, with sounds by Alon Nechushtan and Dan Schwartz.

Venue: Reinwardt Academy, Hortusplantsoen 2, Amsterdam.

Open: Mo-Fri 10:00-17:00.

The project takes inspiration from the tradition of the Stations of the Cross, which represent 14 events along Jesus’ final journey through Jerusalem—from his condemnation to crucifixion and burial. This exhibition will chart its own Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, with stops in 14+1 sites across the city of Amsterdam. The route will take about 2 hours on foot. It can be partly done by tram.

The exhibition will focus on Amsterdam’s historic identity as a port-city. The sea can be a place of miracles—as the Bible teaches—but it is also the site of trauma. Syrian refugees have attempted perilous crossings of the Mediterranean to escape their country’s civil war. Young people have arrived in Europe via shipping containers, only to be enslaved in sex-work. And rising water temperatures caused by climate change have led to unprecedented natural disasters, especially impacting the poor.

Instead of easy answers, Art Stations of the Cross aims to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and ethically. Each of the 14+1 stations will feature a work of art, whether an existing work or a new site-specific installation. 

More info here


Press / publications

Parool, March 7, 2019


Art At The Heart Of Stanton St. Revival , by Shira Hanau, NY Jewish Week, January 16, 2019


Echoes” Of Dutch Anti-Semitism, Then And Now by Sandee Brawarsky

NY Jewish Week, December 26, 2018


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“Art and Augmented Reality with artist Yona Verwer”

Sunday, November 18, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Y.U. Museum, 15 West 16 Street, New York, NY 10011.

Explore the creative potential of augmented reality (AR).

First we will create a photo album page or artwork, using paints, pastels, or markers. In addition we will learn the technology of embedding images, or even videos or slide shows, in the page you just made. Looking at the physical art or photo page through the app you can explore these added images, which are visible only when focusing on an area in your work with your smartphone or tablet.

If you choose, you may also incorporate photographic images from Yeshiva University Museum's newest exhibition, Lost & Found A Family Photo Album.

NO art or tech experience necessary!

MUST BRING your own smartphone or tablet, and copies of photographs, videos, or texts.

(You may also bring a laptop for additional ease of using AR.)

Yona’s interest in using AR grew from her collaborative work with new media artists Cynthia Beth Rubin and Katarzyna Kozera.

Some of her recent artworks, collaborations with Katarzyna Kozera, and featuring augmented reality, will be on view at the museum’s education showcase until December 26.

Tickets: $12 general; $8 Y.U. Museum members and Y.U. students, faculty and staff. Tickets here.