A group exhibition: Tina Spiro, Janet Slom, Paul Stoppi, Fernando Calzadilla, Yasmin Spiro
Featuring work by student artists at Miamiâ€™s Design Architecture Senior High (DASH)
Curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro
Extended Gallery Hours during Art Week 2011
Wednesday 11/30 & Thursday 12/1: 10am â€“ 9pm
Friday 12/2: 10am â€“ 7pm
Saturday 12/02: 6:30pm â€“ 10pm
Sunday 12/4: 12pm â€“ 4pm
â€œDarkness, no matter how ominous and intimidating, is not a thing or force: it is merely the absence of light. So light need not combat and overpower darkness in order to displace it — where light is, darkness is not. A thimbleful of light will therefore banish a roomful of darkness.â€
— Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, inspired by teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe
Maor presents On The Edge Of Light, a group art exhibition curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro. On The Edge Of Light is a multi-media exhibition exploring five artistsâ€™ interpretation of different qualities of light through site-specific installations and paintings both inside and outside Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). The exhibit opens during a public reception on Tuesday, November 29 from 7pm â€“ 9pm.
Co-curator Arthur Dunkelman said, â€œEach artist has explored different qualities and manifestations of light. Using diverse media, they interpret a flickering light of memory, an inner glow of meditation, light as it is refracted in the sky, and the velocity of light through an illuminated streetscape.â€ Arthur Dunkelman, of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, has previously curated exhibitions including â€œThe Enchantress: Emma, Lady Hamiltonâ€ at the Grolier Club in New York  and â€œExploring the Early Americas,â€ an ongoing exhibit at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Co-curator Tina Spiro founded the Miami-based Miart Foundation to foster local art development, with a new initiative to link Miami to its artistic Caribbean neighbors.
Tina Spiroâ€™s oil paintings depict great human endeavors and folly within the context of climate change and the spectacular cosmic beauty of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, superimposed on vast landscapes. Janet Slomâ€™s heroic abstract paintings embody light from within and Paul Stoppiâ€™s illuminated cloud challenges concepts of positive and negative space. Fernando Calzadilla presents an outdoor â€œsky panelâ€ installation. Yasmin Spiro has created a site-specific interpretation of her acclaimed video installation, â€œTracks.â€
The streetscape â€œdance of lightâ€ is being created by a selected group of students from Miamiâ€™s Design Architecture Senior High (DASH), recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 magnet high schools in the United States. Professor Hans Evers will oversee the development and construction of their outdoor project which will delight drivers on NE 2nd Avenue throughout Art Basel.
This luminescent show will run through the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, known as the Festival of Lights. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the defeat of the Greek army in 166 BCE. The ritual oil used to light a seven branched candelabra â€“ or menorah â€“ was damaged, leaving only enough for a single day. Miraculously, it burned for eight days and that ancient miracle is still celebrated today.
On The Edge Of Light Art Week Calendar Listings:
Tuesday 11/29, 7pm — 9pm: On The Edge Of Light Opening Reception
Experience On The Edge Of Light, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artistsâ€™ interpretation of different qualities of light at Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). The experience begins outside, with a streetscape â€œdance of lightâ€ installation. Inside the gallery, paintings invoke imagery of the Northern Lights and a hovering light-filled cloud challenges concepts of positive and negative space. Curated by Arthur Dunkelman and Tina Spiro; featuring works by Fernando Calzadilla, Janet Slom, Tina Spiro, Yasmin Spiro, Paul Stoppi and student artists from Design Architecture Senior High (DASH). The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served, including drinks sponsored by Prairie Organic Vodka. Free parking is available. For more information about the exhibit and other Art Week events at Maor, visit www.MaorMiami.org.
Friday 12/02, 5pm â€“ 7pm: A Taste Of Shabbat
Enjoy â€œA Taste of Shabbatâ€ at Maor Gallery, just a block from Midtownâ€™s Art Miami Pavilion. Savor traditional Shabbat dishes and a serene Shabbat spirit as you experience Maorâ€™s On The Edge Of Light exhibition. â€œA Taste of Shabbatâ€ is free and open to the public. Hors dâ€™orves and beverages will be served. For more information about the exhibit and other Art Week events at Maor, visit www.MaorMiami.org.
Saturday 12/03, 6:30pm â€“ 10pm: On The Edge Of Light Gallery Walk
Experience On The Edge Of Light, a multi-media group exhibition exploring five artistsâ€™ interpretation of different qualities of light at Maor Gallery (3030 NE 2nd Avenue). Located just one block from the Art Miami Pavillion in Midtown, Maorâ€™s Art Week events promise to be a highlight of Miami Art Week. Free parking is available. For more information about the exhibit and other Art Week events at Maor, visit www.MaorMiami.org.
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