In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis

June 8, 2008 - January 6, 2009


Matthew Ritchie,Day One, 2008. Interactive digital animation (installation detail), acrylic and marker on wall. Commissioned for In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Image courtesy of the artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery. Copyright Matthew Ritchie.


In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis explores the continuing relevance of the story of creation in Genesis Chapter I. For this exhibition, the Museum commissioned new installations by seven significant contemporary artists: Alan Berliner, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ben Rubin, Matthew Ritchie, Kay Rosen, Shirley Shor, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. These works, ranging from multi-media and sound installations to computer animations, projections, and wall drawings, are presented in a unique dialogue with a compelling array of historical works, some rarely seen in public, and never before seen together. Featured works include: illuminated manuscripts from the Medieval and Renaissance periods; 18th and 19th-century drawings by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and William Blake; modern and contemporary works by Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall, Barnett Newman, Jacob Lawrence, Ann Hamilton, and Tom Marioni. The exhibition is uniquely designed to create a lively dialogue between the new installations by the contemporary artists and the historical representations of the story of creation.

In the Beginning is organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum under the direction of
co-curators Director Connie Wolf, Deputy Director Fred Wasserman, and Assistant Curator Dara Solomon.

In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis will be on view at the Yeshiva University Museum in New York November 22, 2009 - February 28, 2010.


In the Beginning: Artists Respond to Genesis is generously supported by The Shenson Foundation in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson; Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, celebrating Israel's 60th Anniversary. Funding for the video, Genesis Now, comes from the John Templeton Foundation with additional in-kind support from Pam Rorke Levy.

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