13 Oct - 05 Dec 2015
6 - 9am
Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway
New York, New York , 10002
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Art Kibbutz presents a new group exhibition, Rooted: The Ecological Duality of Nature and Jewish Identity, featuring 20 artists on view from October 13 to December 1, 2015 at Manny Cantor Center. This exhibition will explore the dual role of art embedded in the environment and in Jewish identity.
Selected works on display include photography by Helène Aylon, Shay Arick (Israel), Leah Caroline, Larry Frankel, Ken Goldman (Israel), Gil Lavi (Israel), Paul R. Solomon; mixed media by Cynthia Beth Rubin and Asherah Cinnamon; paintings by Tobi Kahn and Shira Toren; and sculptural and site-specific installations by Hila Amram (Israel), Jackie Brookner, Stephanie Osin Cohen, Filipe Cortez (Portugal), Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman, Elisa Pritzker, Deanna Sirlin, and Renata Stein.
Presented by Art Kibbutz, and co-sponsored by the Jewish Art Salon and Manny Cantor Center, this exhibition highlights the complex and deeply rooted relationships featured artists have with the changing natural environment and to Jewish culture. Each artist, as an observer and participant, has an individual experience with their surrounding ecological system - Earth, Judaism, or both. These relationships are showcased through a wide survey of media - from unconventional raw materials, like dirt, branches and bones, to innovative technology, like Augmented Reality. Viewers are encouraged to participate in questioning and understanding the world around them as they experience the artists' multiple perspectives and shared observations.
The artists' works range from Ken Goldman's Dirty Jew, a self-portrait that depicts the Israeli artist proudly drenched in the organic waste of 350 milking cows, to Cynthia Beth Rubin's Roots, which uses Augmented Reality to show source material such as plankton in water, an artwork she started developing at Art Kibbutz's first residency program at Eden Village. Complete with conceptual and commissioned work, the exhibition also showcases the art of two pioneers of ecological art - Jackie Brookner and Helène Aylon - who have devoted decades to teaching art as activism and "rescuing" the body, the Earth, and G-d.
Exhibiting artists represent the Art Kibbutz community, and each has found a different, meaningful Jewish connection through the arts. Their work has been widely informed by their artist residency experiences at Art Kibbutz. Each residency program was created to harness and maximize residents' creative work related to Jewish responses to the environment, farming, and sustainability.
Visitors are encouraged to contemplate their own roots of their upbringing and environment. This incentive will be further realized in the upcoming Art Kibbutz Creative Catalyst Symposium, which is dedicated to art activism in memory of Jackie Brookner, a former Art Kibbutz resident and activist.
Rooted: The Ecological Duality of Nature and Jewish Identity is curated by Aimee Rubensteen, with curatorial assistance from Yona Verwer.