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Matt Freedman THE GOLEM OF RIDGEWOOD

VALENTINE
464 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, 718 381-2962
Bushwick/Ridgewood
February 18 - March 11, 2012
Reception: Friday, February 17, 6 - 9 PM
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This exhibition commemorates a film made over 70 years ago by a young member of the Congregation Agudas Israel on Cornelia Street in Ridgewood, Queens. The film, which survives only in fragments, documents the efforts of Rabbi Jacob Weiss to build a golem, a supernatural being made of animated clay, to protect his congregation from their anti- Semitic neighbors in the early 1940s.

In 2002 artists Jude Tallichet and Matt Freedman bought the Cornelia Street building thereafter known as “the ’gogue” and turned it into a studio and living space. While exploring their new property and neighborhood, they discovered the half-degraded film; they were subsequently able to recover props and artifacts connected to it.

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