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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 and follow works in progress on instagram @LenoreCohen
Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, You Never Know.


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