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Posted by Greg Lawrence on 12/05/2018 @ 04:30 PM
Miami Art Week and the Jewish Question
By Artist Jônatas
The English Oxford dictionary defines Art as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
When it comes to the definition of Beauty, the English Oxford Dictionary also mentions an aspect that goes beyond aesthetics, defining it is “a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect.”
With that in mind, I am here to talk to you about the relevance of Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week, for all of us:
Not long ago, Miami was unfairly considered the cultural desert of the United States. Academics, artists, and intellectuals felt that the lack of a captivating audience, public funding, and art venues, were to be blamed for their stifled careers. In a way, they were completely right.
Throughout the various economic crisis of the past decade, the visual arts in South Florida have suffered extreme blows, and in many areas, art venues would never return to business.
And now Art Basel is a major force in South Florida! Miami Art Week has become a pilgrimage for artists, collectors, and enthusiasts to come together to celebrate creativity. Yes, many times these celebrations are ruled by excessive displays of ego and gaudiness. But do keep in mind, that the vast majority of all strong modern and contemporary art scenes in the U.S., such as the ones in L.A. and N.Y. from the 1950s - 1980s had clubs and partying as active allies in the proliferation of new artists and players in a new, local, art industry.
So I do welcome Art Basel Miami and Miami Art Week, wholeheartedly. And I believe it is crucial that we support it by attending exhibits, becoming patrons, and celebrating Art in our own South Floridian kind of way.
But as Jews, how do we embrace this climate of art, specially as it falls on Hanukkah?
My best answer is the following:
We need to find meaning and purpose in it. Once we understand that Art is one of the strongest forms of communication, we understand that today Art provides us with a rare opportunity to address many of society’s contemporary issues. Issues such as prejudice, violence, and the fear of the foreigner.
For this year’s Art Basel Week I choose to address the theme of immigration, through the famous order given to Abraham and his children in Lech Lecha; to leave, to migrate, and to become a stranger in a strange land!
As a first-generation immigrant and returnee to Judaism from a family of exiled crypto-Jews who were in a spiritual and physical 500-Year diaspora since the days of the Spanish Inquisition, I choose to speak up against the treatment given to asylum-seekers in our country. This is conversation about basic human treatment, outside of the political debate. As an artist, I choose to focus on the process of exile and adaption, with a strong Jewish undertone of overcoming assimilation by never forgetting one’s history.
For Art Basel Week, I therefore created a large-scale, multimedia, and audience-participatory exhibit titled “I Am A Stranger in A Strange Land,” where through installations, paintings, films, and many interesting conversations we will be discussing the meaning of being a stranger in a strange land.
Although themes of exile, family-separation, and identity suppression are worthy of our serious attention, we will also embrace the visual language of beauty, joy, and intellect of Miami Art Week: We will be colorful and bold, deep and thought-provoking. We will have a pop-up museum-quality Exhibit at CAMEO nightclub, where the dinner table and guests will become part of the art collection and Art Basel experience!
So please join me this Friday night for our own Art Basel Week Shabbat Dinner. This is the very first official ShabBasel event in Miami history!
50% of the proceeds from the sales of artwork will be donated to charitable causes.
Let the light shine through, Miami Art Week style!
Friday, December 7th, 7pm Cameo Night Club 1445 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 11/15/2018 @ 01:46 PM
December 4th, 2018 | 8pm
1445 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139
Join Jewish Young Professionals for Miami’s premier, annual Chanukah celebration. Featuring an open Vodka and Latke Bar, Live-art performance and a dreidel pool. This year’s Vodka Latke will be a non-stop party at Cameo on Miami Beach.
Open Vodka Bar Open Latke bar Cash Bar Art presentation And introducing our dreidel photo pool.
$25 -Until November 19
$30 – Until December 4, 5 pm
$40 – Door Price
VIP With Bottle: $218
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 04/05/2018 @ 12:54 PM
The Tribe, IAC, JNFuture, Miami Jews, Moishe House Midtown, Moishe House Aventura, and Moishe House Fort Lauderdale are all combining forces for the biggest and best celebration of Israel's 70th Birthday for Jewish Young Professionals in Miami.
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8pm
FDR at Delano in South Beach
Comp Drinks 8-9pm, Catered Food 9-10pm, Henna Tattoos, Israeli Snacks & Swag, Music by Eran Hersh, and more!
$18 Advance Tickets Available Now $30 at the Door
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 03/15/2018 @ 12:52 PM
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 01/18/2018 @ 01:52 PM
Shalom Family is a fun, experiential program that melds Jewish culture, nature, family and community. We offer outdoor events open to the public held in celebration of Jewish holidays.
Families with children 0-6, older siblings, and extended family of all generations are invited to join us for a celebration of Tu B'Shevat, The New Year of the Trees, this Sunday.
Sunday, January 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Oleta River State Park, North Miami Beach
$18/Family. No one turned away for lack of funds
$6/car park admission not included.
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 01/18/2018 @ 01:41 PM
Jewish young professionals are invited to celebrate Tu B'Shevat at Oleta River State Park as we kayak among the mangroves and share in a unique Tu B'Shevat seder experience, replete with wine and whole foods grown straight from the Earth.
Sunday, January 28, 3-6pm
Oleta River State Park
Meet in front of BG Oleta River Outdoors
$36 in Advance. $45 Day of. Complimentary for Chai Tribesters.
($6/Car Park Admission Not Included)
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 11/28/2017 @ 05:17 PM
Join Greater Miami's Jewish Young Professionals for The Tribe's Annual Vodka Latke.
This year we will be celebrating Chanukah on the rooftop at Penthouse Riverside Wharf.
- Open Top Shelf Vodka Bar
- Open Bousa Brewing Mobile Beer Taps
- Hank & Harry's Latke Bar
- Dreidel Lounges presented by The Law Firm of Anya Cintron Stern, P.A.
- Cash Bar
- Photo Booth
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 09/28/2017 @ 01:41 PM
Sunday, October 15, 10:15am
Earth 'N Us Farm, 7630 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33138
In Community Partnership with PJ Library Miami, Temple Beth Sholom invites you to celebrate Sukkot with Shalom Family, their young family, nature-based Jewish events community, by participating in Earth-based activities on a local, urban farm.
Here families will be able to: -Visit with and Feed Farm Animals -Taste Honey from a Beehive -Plant Seeds -Assist with Compost -Read PJ Library Books -Make Art -Experience all of the above through an age-appropriate Jewish lens (for both children and parents!)
Suggested age of children 0-5 and older siblings. Parents and other family members, this is for you too!!!
$18 Suggested Donation per Family. No one turned away. RSVP
Want to stay informed? Join Shalom Family's Facebook Group
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 05/26/2017 @ 02:16 PM
Suite Sunday at The Park
Hosted by The Tribe
Sunday, June 4, 12:00pm @ Marlins Park
- Private Suites
- Open Beer & Wine Bar
- Lunch (Kosher Options Available)
- Become informed through a brief presentation on the importance of Jewish Genetic Disease Screening
All this, including the game ticket, for $36 thanks to a generous sponsorship from SanofiGenzyme.
VERY LIMITED TICKETS AVAILBLE. Purchase yours today.
Inspired? Get Screened on June 13 at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. More info and sign up here.
Posted by Greg Lawrence on 04/26/2017 @ 12:15 PM
Thursday, May 4, 8pm
BLUME Nightclub, 1421 S Miami Ave, Miami
Featuring Israeli DJ Eran Hersh, Open Bar 8-9pm, Henna Tattoo, Belly Dancer, Hookah Bar Lounge, and More!
$18 Adv / $30 Doors
Help Reseed Israel following the November 2016 fires that destroyed an estimated 10,000 acres of forest.
Sponsored by Pacific54, 84 West Events, Masa Israel, and Ballyhoo Media.
Thank you to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation for their ongoing support of The Tribe's efforts in the community!