Partial Visions: Art Today in Israel
A lecture by Carol Zemel, York University (Toronto)
Monday, April 28th, 2014
Adath Jeshurun Congregation
Contemporary art from Israel is widely exhibited and praised in international venues. However, works by Israeli artists today forego the utopian visions of earlier generations and now critically explore the issues of land, history, social change, and cultural diversity. Carol Zemel considers art by both Jewish and Arab Israelis, and their visions of change and renewal in the modern state. Artists to be discussed include: Michal Rovner, Roee Rosen, Yael Bartana, Hanna Farah, Rafram Haddad, Nasrin Abu Becer, Eden Ofrat, and Oded Hirsch.
Carol Zemel is professor of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Visual Arts at York University, Toronto, and in Fall 2013, Visiting Scholar in the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers University. She has written three books on Vincent van Gogh, including "Van Gogh's Progress: Utopia and Modernity in Late-Nineteenth Century Art." Her work now focuses on Jewish and diasporic issues and on the ethics of visuality in modern and contemporary art. Her book, "Looking Jewish: Visual Culture in Modern Diaspora is forthcoming."