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4-Part Art Series with Shirel Horovitz: La Biennale di Venezia: Our World Through Art
Sunday, August 21, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
One event on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 12:30 pm
One event on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm
One event on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 12:30 pm
Coming to CSP directly from visiting the 2022 Venice Biennale, Shirel Horovitz will take us on a four part deep dive into the largest and most established international art event in the world. The 59th Venice Biennale, opened this April after being postponed due to the pandemic from its original date in 2021. This is the second time since its inauguration in 1894 the biennale was postponed due to a world crisis. The first instance was WWII, which pushed the 24th Biennale to 1948. This series will take us on a fascinating journey connecting art, world politics, economy and gender – including sessions devoted to the American and Israeli pavilions specifically. Each session is a stand alone, but you are invited for the full ride to fully grasp the magnitude and beauty of this truly amazing world art event.
Sunday August 21, 2022
The Milk of Dreams – The Venice Bienalle as a Reflection of World Politics and Trends
“The Milk of Dreams” curated this year by Italian born, New York based curator Cecilia Alemani, features 58 countries, pulls together past and present mapping our world as it climbs out of the pandemic while being riddled with war and conflict. The curator leans into surrealism (an art rooted in the era of world wars) to create an exhibition that is both historic and revolutionary. In this session, after a brief introduction to understand how the biennale came to be and how intertwined it is with world events, we’ll dive into this year’s exhibition. From the return to surrealism and its relationship to the pandemic through the unique story of the Ukrainian pavilion and the ban on the Russian pavilion, to the Nordic countries who gave their pavilion this year to the Sami people, and five new countries that exhibited for the first time all the way to the role of women and rewriting history. All this while moving back and forth between the art that is shown and what lies behind the scenes to draw a nuanced and fresh view of our world today.
Monday August 22, 2022
The American Pavilion in Venice Biennale – Race, Color, Gender and Colonialism
Represented by Simone Leigh who won this year’s Golden Lion prize for best contribution to the Biennale’s international exhibition, the American pavilion is one of the major highlights of the 59th Biennale. This prize was given to her work “Brick House”, first presented in New York Highline, also curated by Cecilia Alemani, the curator of this year’s biennale (see the pattern?). Making use of premodern and contemporary sculptural techniques, Simone Leigh has developed over the span of two decades a poetic body of sculptures, installations, videos, and works of social practice that centre race, beauty, community, and care as they relate to Black women’s bodies and intellectual labour. In this session we’ll explore the American Pavilion, Leigh’s work and the connections between those and the political-social tides of our contemporary world taking a closer look at how art addresses questions of race, color, gender and colonialism.
Thursday August 25, 2022
The Israeli pavilion in Venice Biennale
Israel joined the Venice Biennale in 1948, the year of its establishment and the year in which many new national pavilions were inaugurated reflecting the shifts in borders and countries post WWII. From its geographical connection to the American pavilion, to stories from behind the scenes, we’ll explore the history of the Israeli pavilion – hopping between major highlights and their reflections of historical events all the way to this year’s exhibition by artist Ilit Azoulay. Casting off the restrictions of national and male representations and opening pathways into an interconnected Middle East, Azoulay’s photographic and architectural installation titled “The Queendom” is a realm where stories coalesce. Her Panoramic Photomontages – based on the archive of art historian David Storm Rice (1913–1962) – use digital craftwork to visualise the afterlife of images and their transformations. We’ll explore Azoulay’s work diving deeper into photography as a way to invent rather than document, the challenges of telling a local story in an international environment and the play with the pavilion itself as part of the art.
Monday August 29, 2022
The Venice Biennale – Highlights and Favorites
In this closing session, we’ll enjoy highlights from the 59th Biennale (based on Shirel’s top picks of this year’s exhibtion).
Shirel Horovitz: Through sculpting, drawing and sound, Shirel Horovitz’s installations and performances explore the relations between cities and communities. She earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, her MA from the Interdisciplinary Art Program at Tel Aviv University and has been studying and practicing Zen-Buddhist inquiry meditation since 2007. Her works have been exhibited in museums and galleries across Israel and the US. She is currently working on new sculptures and etchings in her studio in Tel Aviv.
CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Adath Jeshurun (Elkins Park, PA), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth David (Westminster, CA),Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Shalom (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), Temple Judea of Laguna Woods, CA, University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)