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Catalyzing Change, panel discussion, Centrifuge, art exhibition, Th 1/23/2014, Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Ave, NYC

Ido Michaeli, still from the Ethiopian Curtain of the Ark, 2013

Catalyzing Change: Contemporary Art & Social Justice
Presented by Artis & the New Israel Fund

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 6-8 pm
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street, 14th floor, NYC

$10 - advance registration only - includes wine and catered refreshments

Artis and NIF present an evening of art and conversation about social justice in Israel. Join them as they explore the intersection of contemporary art and social change, with a focus on the marginalized communities represented in the exhibition Centrifuge, presented by Artis and curated by Chen Tamir, on view at the Nathan Cummings Foundation through February 28, 2014.

6 pm – Catered Reception

6:20 pm – Exhibition Tour of Centrifuge with Artis and exhibiting artist Ido Michaeli

7-8 pm – Discussion with
Nadia Ben-Youssef, USA Representative, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel; and
Mati Milstein, Photojournalist, Palestinian Territories and Israel.
Moderated by Stephanie Ives, New York Director, New Israel Fund

Centrifuge is an exhibition featuring work by 16 artists that explores the complexity of contemporary life in Israel through the marginalized communities that exist on the peripheries of society. Rather than depicting the country as a unified or stable entity, Centrifuge presents work that engages with Israel's many diverse edges – whether ethnic, religious, cultural or political – and the vying centrifugal forces that push some communities to society's edges and others to its center.

Centrifuge is presented by Artis and curated by Chen Tamir.
Artis and NIF are generously supported by the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Artis is an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual art from Israel. They provide important resources, programs and platforms for artists and art professionals to develop lasting partnerships and exchanges with the global art community and the general public. Artis launched in 2004 and is based in New York, with branches in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is the leading organization advancing democracy and equality for all Israelis. NIF believes Israel can live up to its founders’ vision of a state that ensures complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, without regard to religion, race, gender or national identity. Since its founding in 1979, NIF has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 organizations in Israel.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. They seek to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.

The Foundation's approach to grant making embodies some basic themes:

  • concern for the poor, disadvantaged, and under served
  • respect for diversity
  • promotion of understanding across cultures
  • empowerment of communities in need

The Nathan Cummings Foundation supports innovative organizations that share their vision of a society that measures its success by how it treats those who have the least, and that works to close the gap between America’s promise and its imperfect practice. Specifically, they seek to make progress on two pressing and interconnected problems that must be resolved if their vision is to be realized: inequality and climate change.

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