What We Forgot: A solo show of work by Lenore Mizrachi Cohen

On Yom Yerushalayim, May 24th 2017, the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery at CKI will host work by Brooklyn based artist Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen.

7-10 PM at 603 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Musical performance by Samuel Torjman Thomas of the NY Andalus Ensemble.

This series explores a corpus of traditional Judaeo-Arabic maxims from the 2,000 year old Jewish community of Syria. Each painting pairs a phrase with a contemporary location or issue, giving the old words new and layered meanings while exploring the cultural overlap that Arab Jews represent. The paintings make old-world wisdom relevant to the next generation and offer insights into current political and social issues. The scenes depicted give a window into the cultural mosaic that makes up the Artist’s experience as a Syrian Jew raised in Brooklyn with strong ties to Israel. They offer a different approach to the way we contemplate Arab-Jewish relations while celebrating a rich Middle-Eastern cultural heritage.

Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, A house without a close neighbor is worth 1000 dinar.

 

Sayings from the Jewish-Arab tradition paint a vivid portrait of a world that disappeared during the last century after over two millennia of continuity. The ancient wisdom that they give over can often have surprising and insightful applications to contemporary realities.

Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, The Stick Of Punishment Will Come From God.

 
Lenore is a Brooklyn based artist and the creator/producer of Homelands, a group show about the Jews of Islamic Lands which will travel internationally this year as part of the Jerusalem Biennale. Her current work draws from her Syrian Jewish heritage and meditates on its continuity and place in the modern world. She works with broad range of techniques and media including calligraphy, spray paint, and paper cut. Her work has been displayed in solo and group shows throughout NYC.

View her work at www.LenoreCohen.com and follow works in progress on instagram @LenoreCohen

Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, You Never Know.

 

4 comments

  1. Hay, where do you live? What a yerushalayim is name place ? I don’t know and i’m not understand 😀😊

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  2. Yehuda · · Reply

    Yerushalayim is the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish people in the Jewish nation of Israel.

    Muslims have fifty nations.
    Jews one.

    ISRAEL IS FOR THE JEWS.

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    1. Please be so kind to read the article. Your comment is unrelated to the content. The artist is not making any political statement. Her work is based on Jews who originate from Arab lands.

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      1. Yehuda · ·

        Please be so kind to re-read the show announcement:

        “On Yom Yerushalayim, May 24th 2017, the Brooklyn Jewish Art Gallery at CKI will host work by Brooklyn based artist Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen”

        FYI:

        “Jerusalem Day (Hebrew: יום ירושלים‎‎, Yom Yerushalayim) is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War. The day is officially marked by state ceremonies and memorial services.

        The Chief Rabbinate of Israel declared Jerusalem Day a minor religious holiday to mark the regaining of access to the Western Wall.[1][2][3]”

        more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_Day

        The first comment above is from a [likely] muslim person asking “what is Yerushalayim” either out of ignorance or sarcasm.

        My reply was a simple explanation of the importance and significance of Yerushalayim to Jews and to Israel.

        This should not have been a problem, especially, IMHO, given that the artist is clearly making political statements with her work:

        A/ one of her images above is showing the Kotel {Western Wall], with people in the plaza holding an Israeli flag. As above, Jews had no completely open access to the Kotel until after re-taking Jerusalem from the Jordanians in the 1967 Six-Day War.

        B/ The artist has elsewhere exposed with her art how “Jews who originate from Arab lands” were literally expelled from those lands (where they had lived for centuries if not for millennia before islam ever existed) with not much more than the shirts on their backs.

        Those Arab Jews were expelled by muslim-controlled Arab, anti-Zionist regimes following the 1948 Israel War for Independence.

        WADR, it’s confusing why the Jewish Art Salon has a problem with any comment suggesting support for an undivided, Jewish Jerusalem as capital of the Jewish State of Israel, particularly on your own page announcing a Jewish-themed art show on Yom Yerushalayim.

        Am Yisrael Chai…

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