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Past Exhibitions

Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art

Friday, March 05, 2021 - Sunday, June 20, 2021

Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art offers a unique lens through which to view and better understand the complexities of Israel, as well as a vehicle for examining themes central to humanity and society, including ethnicity, religion, geographical boundaries, and identities. The exhibition also introduces our audiences for the first time to a wide selection of working artists, given the relatively limited exposure to contemporary Israeli art in the United States.

Organized by Dr. Martin Rosenberg of Rutgers University and Dr. J. Susan Isaacs of Towson University, the exhibition features artists ranging from leading figures such as Sigalit Landau, Adi Nes, Pavel Wolberg, and Dorit Feldman, to younger creators such as Anisa Ashkar, Oded Balilty, Zoya Cherkassky, and Toby Cohen.

The exhibition is broadly organized around geography, which, in all its many manifestations—physical, personal, religious, political, historical, economic—is an inescapable part of Israeli life, psyche, and art. This organizing topic is divided into five meaningful and sometimes overlapping themes: “The Past in the Present,” “People in the Land,” “Contested Geographies,” “Interventions: From Destruction to Healing,” and “Diverse Identities.” Approximately half of the represented artists are women; and, while the majority of the artists are Jewish, from many different backgrounds, the exhibition includes Arab artists who are Muslim, Christian, and Druze. 

Exhibition and educational programming presented by the Sam & Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation.

Visions of Place: Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art will be on view in the Carilion Clinic Gallery and Special Exhibition Gallery from March 6 to June 20, 2021.

Click below to view a Virtual Guided Tour and Conversation with the Curators. 

And click below to enjoy a self-guided virtual tour of the galleries


Above image:

Orit Raff, Sweating Sweet (video still), 2008. Video. 9:50 minutes. Courtesy of the Artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.


Images (left to right, top to bottom)

Anisa Ashkar, Agria Matia 3 (detail), 2006. Digital print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Oded Balilty, A Royal Wedding (detail), 2013. Archival print. Courtesy of the Artist and N&N Aman Gallery.

Rina Castelnuovo, Beit Jamal Monastery (near Beit Shemesh) (detail), 2009. Digital pigment print. Courtesy of the Artist.

Miki Kratsman, Miriam Salim Abu-Madgem (from Displaced) (detail), 2010. Digital pigment print. Courtesy of the Artist and Chelouche Gallery.

Ariane Littman, Wounded Land Trilogy: Sea of Death (detail), 2010. Video, 9:20 minutes. Photo courtesy of the Artist and Tim Hollander.

Haim Maor, My Father’s Suitcase (detail), 2008. Suitcase with light. Courtesy of the Artist.

Efrat Shvily, Untitled (Ma’aleh Adumim) (detail), 1998. Archival print from black and white negative. Courtesy of the Artist and Sommer Contemporary Art.