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Groundbreaking Art Exhibition Explores Intertwining Themes Between Jewish and Indigenous Cultures

Posted on August 25, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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Groundbreaking Art Exhibition Explores Intertwining Themes Between

Jewish and Indigenous Cultures

- Shmita/Seven Generations premieres at the
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s Gallery at the J from September 1 – 30 -

Toronto (August 24, 2015): The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s (MNjcc) latest art exhibition, Shmita/Seven Generations, will explore common Jewish and Indigenous perspectives in a way that has never been seen before.

Shmita/Seven Generations is a fascinating exhibition that will showcase seven artists’ interpretations of the Jewish concept of Shmita and the Indigenous concept of Seven Generations through photography, painting and mixed media works. The exhibition, a collaboration with the Indigenous Visual Cultural Program at OCAD and the Jewish Agency, is the first of its kind and will be on display at the Gallery at the J from September 1 – 30, 2015.

Shmita is a Jewish concept, which explores the life cycle of seven years – six of working the land and one year of resting. It is about reconnecting, focusing on personal and communal growth and environmental awareness. Seven Generations is an Indigenous perspective and practice applied to all decision making, impacting a vast range of matters from use and stewardship of natural resources, to economic and peace treaties with other nations. The basic premise is that decisions that provide benefits and stability to the seventh generation into the future are decisions that will benefit all generations.

Shmita/Seven Generations includes works by Chief Lady Bird (Nancy King), Talia Peckel, Aaron Rotenberg, Susan Szenes, Rochelle Rubinstein, Isaac Weber and Darlene J. Winfield. The exhibition is curated by Deanna Di Lello of the MNjcc, David General of OCAD’s Indigenous Visual Culture Program and Eran Shafir of the Jewish Agency.

WHERE: Gallery at the J, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Avenue at Bloor

WHEN: September 1 – 30, 2015
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION

Opening Reception: There will be a special reception for Shmita/Seven Generations at the Gallery at the J on Thursday, September 3 from 7 – 9 pm. This event is free and open to all.

Ontario Culture Days: As a part of the Ontario Culture Days program, in association with the Bloor Street Culture Corridor, there will be an opportunity to meet the talented artists of the exhibition on September 27 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Gallery at the J.

For more information, please visit www.mnjcc.org.

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Media Contact:
Jackie Koffman, Holmes PR
jkoffman@holmespr.com / 416-628-5608

The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre is a dynamic hub in downtown Toronto.
We provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to be active, to learn, to connect and
to participate in a wide range of cultural experiences. Rooted in Jewish values, the MNjcc is open to all.