Keeping Israeli Art “Out Of The Ghetto”

This post first appeared as “American Collector Keeps Israeli Art ‘Out of the Ghetto'” on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.

"Dead See" by Sigalit Landau, 2004

Donald Rothfeld, a retired cardiologist from New Jersey now living in New York, has decided to keep his significant Israeli art collection “out of the ghetto.” Consequently, Rothfeld has donated it to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

Rothfeld made the gift together with his wife, Susan Merker, and designated it in honor of Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, a personal acquaintance of the couple. The donor reportedly told the New Jersey Jewish News, “We have been in enough ghettos. It’s time for Israeli artists to get out into the real world, not just Jewish museums, synagogues, and JCCs.”

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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