October 27, 2022, 7:45 pm
Please join the Koslowe Gallery for a virtual Opening Program: The Art of Healing, on Thursday, October 27th, 2022. We are excited to share our emphasis on hiddur mitzvah — incorporating beauty to enhance Jewish learning — with WJC and the greater Westchester community. For our fall exhibition, we welcome a curatorial collaboration with artist Tobi Kahn and the Barbara C. Freedman Artists’ Beit Midrash at the Streicker Center of Temple Emanu-El, in NY.
The artists range in age from their thirties to their eighties, and have produced a multi-media exhibition of contemporary Jewish art derived from ongoing study of themed texts presented by Kahn, and three instructing rabbis: Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, the Director of Lifelong Learning at Romemu; Rabba Wendy Ansellem, head of the Beit Midrash at Maharat; and Rabbanit Leah Sarna, the Associate Director of Education at Drisha. Kahn is a professor at the School of Visual Arts, in NY, and a painter and sculptor whose conceptual art is held in museums worldwide, including the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the 9/11 Memorial, and Yale University Art Gallery, as well as private collections and spiritual spaces.
Each year, the group explores themed texts and produces and critiques artwork based on inspiration from their innovative and contemporary rabbinic methods of study. The work spans various forms of mass media — painting, photography, fiber art, and sculpture.
The Artists’ Beit Midrash was founded in 1999 through the collaboration of Kahn and Rabbi Leon Morris. Morris is currently President of Pardes, an inclusive, diverse, and rigorous Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem. He was the founding director of Temple Emanu-El’s Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in NY (now the Streicker Center), which is instructive background to philosophy of the Artists’ Beit Midrash.
The program will feature speaker Warren Klein, Curator of the Bernard Museum of Judaica at Temple Emanu-El, and the artists. It will take place on Zoom:
Painting/collage: Nili Weissman