A NARRATIVE ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF EVIL SPEECH
Featuring work by Washington artist, Robin Atlas
August 7 – September 28, 2014
“Our words have great power and have always been both a catalyst for destruction and a currency for salvation.”
Robin Atlas is a mixed media textiles artist working in the genre of Visual Midrash. The twenty works in this exhibit portray Lashon Hara* from Atlas’s personal experiences and through the teachings of the Torah and Chofetz Chaim (holy book on Jewish ethics).
Atlas’s deconstructed pieces combine hand-dyed collaged fabric which has been embroidered and machine stitched and incorporate paper, paint, trim, and beadwork. The exhibits’ interactive component welcomes the public to acknowledge Lashon Hara in their own lives via written notes, and then invited to post them. At the end of the exhibit these slips of paper will be turned into mulch to be incorporated in the JCC community garden, creating sustenance for growth.
*Lashon Hara: the halakhic term for derogatory speech about another person; literally translated means “evil tongue”.
RECEPTION: AUGUST 17, 5:30 - 7:00PM
TZEDEK TZEDEK TIRDOF*: THE ART OF GIVING
*Righteousness, righteousness you shall pursue
October 9 – November 2, 2014
This exhibit features uniquely crafted tzedakah boxes by select Twin Cities artists, exploring an array of materials, artist collaborations and various aspects of tzedakah.
Tzedakah is loosely translated as charity. The Torah strongly enjoins, “Tzedek, tzedek tirdof, righteousness, righteousness you shall pursue.” Rabbinical commentators have said that the repetition of the word justice is designed to underline the importance of the command. Tzedakah is given as an act of redress, as part of the process of seeking a just world, both in charity and acts of loving kindness.
The gallery will be lined with over a dozen uniquely crafted tzedakah boxes, ranging from traditional to modern interpretations of tzedakah, by individual artists as well as several artist collaborations. The exhibit is planned in conjunction with a special tzedakah box commissioned in memory of David Tychman, of whose family the gallery is named, created by local mixed-media artist, Jody Winger. Winger’s tzedakah box will be permanently installed in the Tychman Shapiro Gallery. The accompanying tzedakah boxes will be on display in the gallery and following the exhibit will be donated to organizations throughout the community.
Participating Artists Include (individuals and collaborations):
Robyn & Josh Awend / Sonya Berlovitz / David Feinberg / Mimi Fisher & David Harris of Rimon / Bonnie Heller / Liba Zweigbaum Herman / Emily Isenberg / Jay Isenberg & Lynda-Monick Isenberg / Larry Pepper & Dana Yugend Pepper / Paula Leiter Pergament / Alexander Tylevich / Jody Winger / Sharon Zweigbaum.
RECEPTION: OCTOBER 19, 7:30PM
Artist Reception: 5:00 PM / Dedication: 6:00 PM