Art Films! About Gefilte Fish! At the Jewish Museum!

Martha Rosler prepares a meal or a Bris.Photo: Getty Images


Food is at the heart of New York Jewish culture, and if you dont believe us, check out the Jewish Museums exhibit of short films on the subject. Food for Thought: A Video Art Sampler, whose title youll have to endure until February 27 when the whole shebang ends, includes two shorts from the seventies and two more from the aughts. In artist Martha Roslers famous Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975), an angry woman parodies a cooking show in which all the tools are weapons (nothing explicitly Jewish here, though Rosler is a member of the tribe); in Jessica Shokrians mini-commentary on displaced people Ameh Jhan (2001), an elderly Iranian-Jewish woman makes meatballs in contemporary Los Angeles. The other films make an excellent pair: In Laura Kronenberg (Cavestani)s Abbie Making Gefilte Fish (1973), Abbie Hoffman prepares the dish on Christmas Eve in the Chelsea Hotel; Boaz Arads Gefilte Fish (2005) shows an artist exploring the food and his mothers preparation of it through the use of a puppet, parrot, and other bizarro approaches. We dont understand why this hasnt been proclaimed the event of the season.

Food for Thought: A Video Art Sampler, Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., at 92nd St.; 212-423-3200.