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Intersections: Art and Community at the JCC in Manhattan
On View November 2012 – May 2013
A decade ago, a gas station stood at the corner of 76th Street and Amsterdam Ave; today, it is home to a vibrant, diverse thirteen-story community center. Thousands of people of all ages are drawn to the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (JCC) to participate in activities as diverse as swim lessons, nursery school classes and film festivals. The building features numerous spaces for learning and countless opportunities to build more meaningful and healthy lives. However, there is only one place where all these people, with all their differing impulses and agendas, intersect: the art gallery on the main floor known from day one as The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery.
Intersections: Art and Community at the JCC in Manhattan is a specially-organized exhibit at the Illumination Fund offices that shows the work of four artists, each of whom have presented solo exhibitions at the JCC’s Laurie M. Tisch Gallery. These four shows uniquely demonstrated how community and art, when paired, can foster dynamism, generate more thoughtful discourse, and engage more deeply with a wider audience. The Illumination Fund Gallery is exhibiting, in excerpt:
FINDING HOME: SIONA BENJAMIN, 2011
DISTANT RELATIONS: LORI GRINKER, 2011-2012
COMMUNITY PORTRAIT: GABRIEL SPECTER, 2012
THE KITTEL COLLECTION: JACQUELINE NICHOLLS, 2012
While these artists work across a variety of media and are concerned with differing subject matter, presented together, shared messages emerge. Emblematic of each of the artists’ styles, the works in Intersections offer viewers synopses of larger projects that address feminism, identity, and the merging of cultural and personal histories.
The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan fosters an inclusive, engaged and informed community that embraces diversity and Jewish values and is a grantee of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.