Thursday, March 23, 2023

Internationally-celebrated artist Tobi Kahn visited SAR Academy’s GRAND Gallery on Sunday, January 29, for the opening of his exhibit: LOOKING. SEEING. BEING., followed by a well-attended hands-on family workshop led by Kahn himself. Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in over 70 solo exhibitions and over 60 museum and group shows since he was selected as one of nine artists to be included in the 1985 Guggenheim Museum exhibition, New Horizons in American Art. Works by Kahn are in major museum, corporate and private collections. Kahn shared his work including paintings and Jewish ritual objects that will remain on display at the SAR Academy GRAND Gallery through February 26. Following that, Kahn led families in creating and designing a Tzedek Box. This is a new method of connecting people to the Jewish practice of tikkun olam, repairing the Jewish world. The Tzedek Box each family designed was a meaningful way to record and remember each time over the course of a year that we contribute to the world’s healing and are devoted to reflecting and recommitting to the work of pursuing justice toward building a better world. Kahn said, “I have been inspired by the emerging Jewish ritual of a tzedek box, to which we add notes that capture our thoughts each time we do a righteous deed. Once a year, on Pesach Sheini (Second Passover), we open the box and reflect the extent to which we have brought more light to our communities—and how we might do more.” Tobi’s own Tzedek Box, ZAHRYZ, is his contribution to this powerful practice. His box is comprised of 70 pieces, representing the 70 nations of the world, a biblical allusion to all of humanity. Like all his ceremonial art, ZAHRYZ, is designed to exemplify the three essential elements of a Jewish ritual object: beauty, functionality and meaning.

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