Exhibit by local artists encourages others to help heal the world through art
Jan. 18, 2018
The Arizona Jewish Historical Society’s “Tikkun Olam” art exhibit features four female artists whose art revolves around the Jewish theme of repairing the world.
AJHS Director Lawrence Bell explains Tikkun Olam represents the idea that God left the world a little unfinished and it’s the job of humans to finish his work. The idea is seen throughout the four artists’ displays.
Lauren Strohacker spotlights endangered animals in her work. Janet deBerge Lange created large sculptures made entirely of recycled products in order to encourage everyone to be more aware of what they throw away. Ann Morton creates quilts that encourage people to use their voices to speak out against injustices. Carolyn Lavender also works to deliver a “social action message,” as Curator and Associate Director Jeffrey Schesnol terms it.
The exhibit can be seen at the Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center. Built in 1921, it was the first synagogue in Arizona. In 1949, the establishment became a Baptist church, and eight years later it became Phoenix’s first Chinese-speaking Christian church. The property became a Spanish-speaking Baptist church until it was purchased by AJHS in 2001. The society began a two-year restoration process in 2008. Bell says the goal was not to modernize it but to restore it.
For more information about the society and the art exhibit, visit azjhs.org. Tikkun Olam will be on display until January 30.