Artists 4 Israel: "Response Art Series" & "Terror: Artists Respond"

By Richard McBee.

Date: Wednesday, August 31 2011 

Terror: Artists Respond
September 18 - October 2, 2011 
- Opening September 18; 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Shofar Project Flash Mob - 1:15pm see
Dershowitz Center Gallery: Industry City - 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY

There is a short list of things that really matter: family, friends, country and faith the most.  For many Jews, our people and Israel occupy an almost sacred place in the order of commitment and passion.  Therefore, when either the Jewish people or the legitimacy of the State of Israel are attacked and slandered, we react passionately.  In a visceral way these things are crucial to the very core of our identity. How do contemporary Jewish artists respond?

The answer is emphatically provided by two exhibitions in September at the Dershowitz Center Gallery at Industry City (Bush Terminal) in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn.  The Response Art Series created by Sheryl Intrator and Artists 4 Israel has challenged New York area artists to create works that support Israel's right to exist in peace and security.  All of the works are newly created and are in response to a recent series of pro-Israel lectures, panel discussions and the Fogel family memorial service at Congregation Kehillat Jeshurun in Manhattan. 

Terror: Artists Respond solicited an international group of artists to submit works that reflect their reaction to terror attacks in the ten years since 9/11.  Both shows demonstrate the passionate response of Jewish artists to these dual threats: accusations of illegitimacy and random violence and murder.  The result is moving, creative and devastating.

Growing Under Concrete, photograph (28 x 42), by Dan Keinan
Courtesy: Terror: Artists Respond

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