Cities and Valleys: Spring at The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery
Feathers, Gold + Concrete | Eliahou Eric Bokobza
Guest Project: Maps, Amulets + Wildflowers | Esther Cohen
Curated by Dr. Smadar Sheffi
The exhibit runs through May 31. Free and open to the public.
The JCC presents the exhibition Cities and Valleys: Spring at The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, which is free and open to the public. Opening on Mar 7, it features Eliahou Eric Bokobza’s Feathers, Gold + Concrete and the guest project Maps, Amulets + Wildflowers by Esther Cohen.
The work of Eliahou Eric Bokobza examines Israeli cultural identity through brightly colored paintings, sculptures, and video animations, all through the lens of his North African Jewish roots. Esther Cohen’s work, on the other hand, traces a cultural journey through her Jewish Yemenite heritage, focusing on silversmithing, subverting the language of traditionally masculine craftsmanship in the process.
This exhibition explores Israel from two different perspectives, focusing on issues such as racism and patriarchal structures that are still topical today through the lens of historical craftsmanship. In tandem, Bokobza and Cohen's divergent approaches converge to offer a nuanced and multifaceted exploration of Israel, shedding light on the intricate layers of cultural identity and history within the nation's diverse tapestry.
Gallery exhibits and programs are made possible with the generous support of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the generosity of individual donors.