Radik Shvarts’ idea was simple enough: design your ideal plane ticket to Jerusalem and mail it to Shvarts care of a PO Box in Brooklyn.
A highlight of the 120 tickets he has received from around the world over the past year form the basis of a new exhibition, Ticket to Jerusalem, which opened last night at the JCC in Manhattan.
Not all of the 84 tickets on display are by Russian-speaking artists. But there’s a distinctly post-Soviet feel. The results range from the whimsical Chagall-esque image of a man flying towards Jerusalem, by the painter and theater designer Yevgenia Nayberg, to a hint of the Russian avant-garde in the form of the Russian word for ticket printed backwards by the Russian painter Vagrich Bakhchanyan who died at the end of last year.