Helène Aylon | Afterword: For the Children

Monday, March 20 - Friday, June 16, 2017

The Kniznick Gallery will have weekend hours during the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts

Saturday, April 29 & Sunday, April 30, 11-4 pm

Helene Aylon

Internationally-acclaimed Jewish feminist artist Helène Aylon presents her conclusion to The G-d Project: Nine Houses Without Women, her 20-year series highlighting the dismissal of women in Jewish traditions and text. In Afterword: For the Children, Aylon dedicates her finale in the series to the future generations, challenging all who regard The Ten Commandments not to shrug off a dark foreboding which emanates in her view, from the patriarchy - not from God.  

The text of the Second Commandment holds future generations responsible for the sins of their fathers. The artist’s examination of this text reveals a universal dilemma through its connection to contemporary policies and practices that shape the world our children will inherit. The concept of “Tikkun Olam” (correction of the world) holds significance in Aylon’s immersive digital installation, as her continuous attempt at “repairing” the revered text becomes​ a​ quiet yet assertive protest.

Aylon's exhibition "Afterword: For the Children" will travel to the Jerusalem Biennale 2017 opening on October 1st, 2017.




Jewish Boston
Artist Helène Aylon’s Meditation on God, the Patriarchy and Feminism

The Boston Globe
Let’s start a national conversation about the next generation

The Brooklyn Rail
In Conversation: Helène Aylon with Ann McCoy


Tuesday, March 21

5:00 pm | Introduction to the exhibition with Helène Aylon
6:00-8:00 pm | Artist Reception
7:00 pm | Performance by Helène Aylon 

Tuesday, April 4, 2:30-4:00 pm

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator, Annie Storr will lead art experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition Helène Aylon | Afterword: For the Children. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

Helène Aylon


Helène Aylon’s exhibition was commissioned in honor of HBI Founder and Director, Shulamit Reinharz who will retire this Spring. This exhibition and programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of Elaine Reuben, Suzanne Priebatsch, Arnee & Walter Winshall, and Arthur & Carol Spinner.