“The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected.” – David Suzuki, scientist.
This exhibition will bring together works that embody harmonious multiculturalism and inter- religious unity. In the current age, we focus on what divides, rather than what unites us. Artists are encouraged to submit works that highlight our common humanity, rather than our differences.
We draw upon Katherine Phillips’s article for the Scientific American for inspiration. Titled “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” Phillips writes:
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working… Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.
It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogeneous group at solving complex, non-routine problems. It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way—yet the science shows that it does.
This is not only because people with different backgrounds bring new information. Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better, to anticipate alternative viewpoints and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort.
Finally, as Eleanor Roosevelt said: “Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
An art exhibition is an excellent opportunity for dialog and reflection, as artists have the ability to unite cultures through their work and intentions in a unique way. This show is an opportunity for open and honest conversation about how united, we can be stronger.
Curator: Goldie Gross is a Brooklyn-based artist and co-producer of the Jewish Art Salon’s upcoming exhibition “Jerusalem Between Heaven And Earth” at the Jerusalem Biennale 2017, curated by Ori Z. Soltes. For the Jewish Art Salon she is curating The Invisible Jew, and Natural Instincts. She is also curating Sukkahwood at Inwood Park, NYC. She co-curated Art & Identity at Tzohar Seminary for Chassidus and the Arts.
Curatorial advisor: Yona Verwer, artist and founder / director of the Jewish Art Salon.
Exhibition dates: October 26 – November 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 26th, 6-8 PM, Charter Oak Gallery