Sunday, February 3, 2013


Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist may not be the longest book title ever, but it has to be close. The author, Helene Aylon, will speak at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 5, at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, 5801 W. 115th Street, Overland Park.

Growing up an Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn, Helene Aylon spends her Friday nights in a sea of extended family as the Sabbath candles flicker. She dreams of escape but marries a rabbi and becomes a mother of two. Suddenly her world splits apart when she is widowed at thirty. Aylon finds a home in the burgeoning environmental art scene of the 1970s—creating transgressive works that explore identity, women's bodies, the environment, disarmament, and the notion of God. Eventually she asks of Judaism what she never dared to ask as a child: Where are the women?

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