Michael Berkowitz (American, born 1952)
Fashions for the Millenium: Protective Amulet Costume, 2000
Jacket: 31 in. long (78.7 cm), Skirt: 38 1/2 in. long (97.8 cm)
Purchase: Dr. Joel and Phyllis Judaica Acquisitions Fund 2000-75
Courtesy of The Jewish Museum, New York
Michael Berkowitz (1952-) investigates the power of ritual and the search for mystery in everyday life. Raised in an Orthodox household, Berkowitz moved away from traditional Judaism and searched for spirituality in Eastern religions. Upon learning about the historic meeting in 1990 of the Dalai Lama with a group of rabbis, Berkowitz returned to Judaism for artistic and spiritual inspiration. The result was a series of contemporary amulets in the form of paper-cuts and clothing. The artist stencils religious texts on costumes intended as objects for exhibition and performance. Fashions for the Millennium: Protective Amulet Costume (2000) is part of the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum, New York. Originally designed as a bridal gown for the artist’s wife, the costume features red text on white satin.
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