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Facing East: A Jewish Orientation
Sponsor Jewish Community Library
Type of Event Arts & Culture
Description Exhibition opening and reception with the artists
Curator's remarks and meet the artists at 1:30 pm

Jews have always faced east, their ancient birthplace, point of departure and longed-for destination in the Diaspora. East (Mizrah in Hebrew) is the direction of prayer and the name for an ornament that adorns the eastern wall in home and synagogue. Modern Jewish culture has a more complicated vision of the East as the past, present, and future of the Jewish people.

These ideas have played out in Jewish art from folk crafts and synagogue architecture to political posters. For this exhibition we asked Bay Area artists to explore the East in their own contemporary idiom. The wide array of sculpture, textiles, graphic art, paintings, and collage, contributed by more than 25 participants, allow the viewer to navigate a real and symbolic east-west Jewish geography.

The exhibition is on display through August 3 and can be viewed during regular Library hours.

Curated by Elayne Grossbard

Date/Dates March 23 2014
Times 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost free
Street Address 1835 Ellis Street Google Map
Location San Francisco, CA 94115 United States
Contact Information
Contact Name Allison Green
Phone Number 415-567-3327 ext. 704
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