Presented by Alma—Home for Hebrew culture
September 19–November 8, 2011
From Origin to Originality presents eighteen prominent, contemporary Israeli artists who have participated in or are associated with Alma’s Beit Midrash Yotzrim: a convening of the country’s top artists to study classic Jewish texts. Founded in 1996 by Talmud scholar Dr. Ruth Calderon, Beit Alma in Tel Aviv is an educational center for adults that offers a novel approach to the study of Jewish sources and the exploration of ideas and dilemmas that impact Israeli and Jewish identity. Alma engages this community of artists in a pluralistic and dialogue-based approach to classic Jewish sources, such as the Torah and the Talmud, while also incorporating literature, poetry, and philosophy.
The artworks in this exhibit, created across genres and mediums, address an array of themes such as social and political identity, nature vs. technology, the banal and the poetic. Included in this exhibit are Israel’s most highly regarded artists; some are on the verge of international recognition, while others, like Larry Abramson, have enjoyed long-established careers in the global art scene. For all the artists, the ancient sources examined at Alma inform the creative process and become inspiration for artistic innovation.
Participating artists: Larry Abramson, Elad Armon, Tirzah Bassel, Anat Betzer, Ben Bezerano, Yuval Caspi, Shoshana’h Ciechanowski, Ofri Cnaani, Tsibi Geva, Leor Grady, Yehudit Gueta, Liz Hagag, Michal Heiman, Elad Kopler, Aviv Naveh, Hillah Nevo, Khen Shish, Tal Shochat.
Exhibit Curator: Tsibi Geva; Gallery Director: Megan Whitman; Coordinators for Alma: Dana Abta and Elad Armon.
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