From Darkness into Light: Claude Riedel and the Art of the Ner Tamid features a retrospective of artworks by Minneapolis based artist Claude Riedel. Riedel is recognized internationally for crafting Ner Tamids, or “eternal light”, the essential piece that hangs above the ark in synagogues. The powerful symbol of the eternal light resonates immensely with Riedel, honoring his Jewish heritage and family history of German immigrant Holocaust surviors. For 25 years, Riedel has been creating Ner Tamids, incorporating elements of stained glass, blown glass, found objects, metalwork and cast bronze.The intricate designs are rich with Judaic symbolism such as the Tree of Life, the Burning Bush and the Star of David. Riedel collaborates with glass artisans and metal workers to craft these singular awe-inspiring pieces to specially fit each architectural setting. His work is found in over 175 congregations large and small across the globe. When used in ceremony, Riedel’s extraordinary Ner Tamids behold the light on the eternal flame, “I seek a radiant purity of light which inspires and calms the spirit of the worshipper”.
On view January 27 – March 27, 2022.
Reception and artist talk:
February 19, 2022 5:30-8:30pm (talk at 6:30) (RSVP required)