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Stones & Roses: Art Exhibition Opening
Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New exhibition features artists DS Kinsel, Ebtehal Badawi, photographer Brian Cohen, with additional work contributed from the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. In partnership with Repair the World, Bend The Arc, BOOM Concepts, Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives | Heinz History Center, The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the East End Cooperative Ministry.
This multimedia exhibition and installation features artwork and displays of community resilience in response to violence. The artwork featured includes canvas paintings by DS Kinsel used by the Jewish community and Bend The Arc around their street action 1-year after the attack at the Tree of Life Or L’Simcha synagogue. Alongside the signs, are in-process detail shots, and photographs of the art created brought to life by community action and solidarity through the lens of photographer Brian Cohen. While this narrative has been occurring, another narrative is present locally. After the death of Antwon Rose II, and the acquittal of the officer who shot him, the Purple Rose Project sprang up as a way for people to come together and process grief through art-making. The installation of purple roses signifies solidarity to his family and friends and to people who are made to feel that their life does not matter.
This exhibition takes a deep look at the impact of recent violence that has struck the Black and Jewish communities in Pittsburgh and the conversations surrounding these outbursts. It also features artwork from artist Ebtehal Badawi, whose message “Pittsburgh Builds Bridges” brings hope to youth in schools where islamophobia has created toxic learning and social environments for youth and their families. The works presented share Black, Jewish and intersectional solidarity, coming together through ritual, art-making, collective grieving and organized action.
Join Repair The World at the East End Cooperative Ministry on Sunday Dec. 15th 11 AM – 2 PM for the opening reception. This event is free and open to the public and will have interactive activities for youth and families and brunch food available.
The closing reception is on April 21st 2020, which is also Yom HaTzedek, the new Jewish holiday of “Day of Justice”. There will be a youth-led zine-making workshop held during the closing reception on April 21st, 2020 hosted by LGBTQIA Jewish Youth Group: Shulayim L’Shalom. Details TBD.
Our space is ADA accessible. For additional accommodations, please feel free to email us at pittsburghteam@weRepair.org!