Curator: Scott Peck
Participating Artists: George Tobolowsky | Jeffrey Brosk | James Surls | Barbara Hines | Alexander Duncan
Judaism was one of the first great wisdom traditions to impart the vital importance of protecting our natural world. Today there is a healthy and vibrant global debate (machloket leshem shamayim – debate for the sake of Heaven) about how to protect our environment. We live in a time of human-made environmental disasters: modern plagues include massive wildfires, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, and the looming existential threat of climate change. Despite the many challenges we face, humanity has demonstrated its unprecedented ability and capacity to heal and repair the world (tikkun olam). Artists play a crucial role in this rousing debate. In Care for Creation, artists respond to environmental catastrophes such as wildfires in Colorado, flooding in New York City, hurricanes in Houston and rising sea levels in London. Their collective work invites a meaningful conversation, which helps us remember our shared duty to care for Creation. Artists Jeffrey Brosk, Alexander McQueen Duncan, Barbara Hines, James Surls and George Tobolowsky demonstrate that caring for Creation is really caring for humanity. At its core, it is a form of self-care because we are bound to the world and to nature. Humankind is dependent upon the Earth’s natural resources because we cannot live without clean water, air and food: without a cared for world we will not survive. This exhibition has been created to trigger the tradition of vibrant debate (machloket leshem shamayim) about humankind’s responsibilities regarding Creation. Let us pugnaciously debate the problems and difficulties regarding nature and the environment. Through intense and concentrated argument, we bring attention to the need to maintain and heal the world. The aggressive expressions in this exhibition shout to us to be belligerent and combative, so that we all may be united in our ultimate efforts to repair, mend and care for Creation.
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