A solo show is a gigantic responsibility. When an artist is part of a group show, curators manage everything: art selection, invitations, atmosphere, hanging the show, getting people to the opening, wine and food, labels. Every little detail is managed. The artist just delivers the work and maybe invites collectors and friends. The artist doesn’t even think about whether people will come. Of course they will.
Hang the art and people will come.
A solo show rests entirely on one artist and her reputation. Oy! That’s a bit of pressure!
Before I could even worry about who would come, I had a thousand details to consider, not the least of which was selecting the art, framing and hanging it. Fortunately I had lots of help. Husband Steve Sorkin managed the PR for me, getting press releases out and making the necessary contacts. Daughter Hannah worked on my mailing list. Friend and artist Ilene Berman listened to my endless, annoying rambles, and gave me advice (which I didn’t take, but I appreciated) about the invitation design. She also ran last minute errands for me and offered endless support and encouragements. And thanks to Ilene, we had lovely cups for our wine and didn’t have to swig straight from the bottle.
My friend and rabbi, Susan Talve, talked up the exhibit at every opportunity — and my talent seemed to be more grand with every telling. If your spiritual leader is going to talk about you, it’s nice that she exaggerates in the positive! Susan even modeled for one of the images, Hagbah.
Friend and neighbor Arlene Kerman catered the whole event with the most fabulous desserts. HaShemesh, a klezmer band, filled the exhibit with joyful, inspiring music.
And the people came. Art cannot exist in a vacuum. It needs an audience. It needs a relationship.
Thank you to everyone who came! It was an art opening I will not forget!