1:30-4:30pm. OPENING Reception
3:00-4:00pm. PANEL Discussion: “Through Compassionate Eyes, the Exhibition: Judaism, Veganism, Animal Rights, Art”.
Panel featuring: the Curators; Jeffrey Cohan, President Jewish Veg; Dorit Jordan Dotan, Artist; Diana Kurz, Artist.
Curated by Julie Seidman, Joel Silverstein & Aimee Rubensteen.
Helen Barker, Sigal Ben-David, Siona Benjamin, Filipe Cortez, Alan Falk, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Katarzyna Kozera, Diana Kurz, Jane Lewis, Boris Lyubner, Philip McCulloch- Downs, Archie Rand, Corey Rowland, Linnea Ryshke, Julie Seidman, Jacob Silverstein, Joel Silverstein, Yona Verwer, Brittney West, Nancy Wyllie.
Presented by The Jewish Art Salon and Jewish Veg at the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
The exhibition, Through Compassionate Eyes; Artists Call for Animal Rights, addresses the theme of animal rights as an issue of social justice.
Not all of the artists are Jewish, nor were all of the works created with an intent to specifically address Jewish themes. However, the exhibition was conceived to show that there is a demonstrably powerful connection between Jewish texts and the connected topics of Ecology, Animal Cruelty and veganism.
The Book of Genesis 1:29-30 instructs us to eat seed bearing plants and fruit trees, proposing that God initially intended humans to be vegan. Isaiah, 11:6-9, states that in the future there will be no killing of any kind, as “the lion shall lay down with the lamb”.
Later, both the Code of Jewish Law and the Talmud present the concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim; a prohibition against causing animals pain and demanding their ongoing humane treatment as a direct outgrowth of Biblical mandate.
Images and more info here: https://wp.me/p5n3hG-2GY
Catalog available. Catalog and evite designed by Dorit Jordan Dotan.