Ita Aber

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Ita Aber
Born 1932
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Education Empire State College
Known for Textiles, conservation, curatorial

Ita H. Aber (born 1932) is a Jewish American feminist multimedia textile artist, art conservator and curator.

Early life and career[edit]

Ita Aber was born in Montreal, Canada in 1932. Her first exposure to feminism was by her grandmother, an early suffragette in Canada, and her mother, who founded the Milk Fund of Canada.[1]

For college, Aber attended Empire State College and obtained a Master of Arts in Jewish art. In 1964, Aber became politically active, specifically in the Reform Democratic movement. Through her early political involvement, she sought to abolish laws in New York restricting abortion. She'd help found Women Strike for Peace, and also became active in the environmental movement, speaking out against the pollution in the Hudson River. At this time, she also became active in equal rights activism, minority and elder rights.[1]

Aber would go on to become a founding member of the New York Feminist Art Institute and would also found the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework. Starting in 1972, she taught needlework at the Jewish Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and other venues throughout the east coast. With her teaching and the founding of the Pomegranate Guild, Aber has sought to encourage women to show their womanhood through their artwork, and to learn how to respect themselves through their artistic efforts.[1]


Aber's artistic-related archives are held at the Archives of American Art,[1][2] with other archival collections being held by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.[1] Her family's papers are held at Yeshiva University.[3]



  • The art of Judaic needlework: traditional and contemporary designs, Scribner, 1979, ISBN 978-0-684-16239-3;
  • Art of Judaic Needlepoint, Simon & Schuster, 1982, ISBN 978-0-684-17684-0
  • Ita H. Aber, Frann S. Addison, Katya Apekina, Beverly Auerbach, Tradition today: modern Judaica and folk art, Jewish Arts Foundation, 1990


  1. ^ a b c d e Barbara J. Love (2006). Feminists who changed America, 1963–1975. University of Illinois Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-252-03189-2. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ Archives of American Art. "Summary of the Ita H. Aber papers, 1950–2007 – Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution". 
  3. ^ Guide to the Aber Family Papers 1900–1992
  4. ^ "American Guild of Judaic Art". 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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