Beit Hatfutsot of America
Invites you to a special viewing of the exhibition
FACES: WEAVING INDIAN JEWISH NARRATIVES
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Program 6:30 PM
547 West 27 Street
Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People is more than a museum.
This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Beit Hatfutsot connects Jewish people to their roots and strengthens their personal and collective Jewish identities. Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Best wishes for an inspiring and joyous Passover.
Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives, is the story of our people which travels both space and time, branding together myriad threads of the Jewish spirit into one eternal message. We are here.
About the Artist: The terrorist attack in 2008 on the Chabad House in Mumbai, the Jewish educational center and synagogue, transformed Siona Benjamin's art and life in major ways. She was born in Mumbai, as a member of the Jewish Bene Israel group that settled there over 2000 years ago, and brought up in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Presently, she is a United States citizen and artist.
In her paintings, Benjamin combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature paintings, Sephardic icons, and often pop art. Benjamin uses photography and painting to share the individual stories and remarkable heritage of the ancient group. She has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia; received an Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2004; and a Fulbright Fellowship in 2011.
Flomenthaft Gallery is dedicated to showing the finest exhibition of original paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photography by a roster of nationally and internationally renowned artists. Outstanding 20th century works by historically important American and European artists are also available throughout the year.
The Indo-American Arts Council is not-for-profit secular arts organization passionately dedicated to promoting, showcasing and building an awareness of artists of Indian origin in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts.