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Judith K. Brodsky
Princeton, NJ
Photography, Printmaking

Artwork Details
Memoir of an Assimilated Family
Photo Etching & Silkscreen

Judith K. Brodsky is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University and formerly served as Dean and Associate Provost.  She also chaired the Art Department at the Newark campus. Currently, she is the national president of ArtTable, an organization of 1,200 women in leadership positions in the visual arts, and is past president of the College Art Association, as well as former national president of the Women's Caucus for art.  Brodsky received her MFA from Harvard University where she majored in art history.

She is a printmaker and artist whose work is in the permanent collections of over 100 museums and corporations.  She is a contributor to The Power of Feminist Art, the first comprehensive history of the American women's movement in art published in 1994 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.  In 1986, she established the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper as a center for producing prints and handmade paper projects, particularly through culturally diverse artists.  Over the past 15 years, the RCIPP has worked with over 200 artists from throughout America and the world creating prints that are in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art in NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stadtmuseum in Berlin, and Australian National Gallery of Art.

In her own prints and drawings, Brodsky works with an early 21st century iconography reflecting the intellectual, political, and social issues of our time, as filtered through her own individuality. Her images of the environment, women, and family become metaphors for her feelings about life, decay, death, and possible salvation. Her work from 2001 was an installation titled Memoir of an Assimilated Family, consisting of approximately 50 etchings based on old family photographs, each accompanied by anecdotal text. The paradox of assimilation is depicted - that in trying to follow the old rules, immigrants and their children created a new order.  Another important element is the way the Holocaust creates a context for looking at American Jewish family history that, she hopes, will strike a common chord across ethnic groups and national borders.