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Contemporary ArtJewish Culture & Ideas

Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves

Feb 17, 2022–Jan 8, 2023

Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves presents works by more than twenty-five Bay Area–based contemporary artists reflecting on the Jewish concept of tikkun (Hebrew for “to repair”). In a moment of collective challenges and uncertainty, this exhibition re-examines the term tikkun as a phenomenon of care and interconnectedness that is grounded in personal action, environmental responsibility, and community, unfixed from its evolving meanings throughout history. Taken together, the works in this exhibition consider how the concept of tikkun can help us look critically both inward and outward, guide us through change, and build resilience for the ongoing work of repair.

Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves is the twelfth iteration of The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s longest-running exhibition commitment, endowed in Dorothy’s name by her late husband George Saxe z”l. Historically, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational has invited contemporary artists to contribute original works that respond to a specific Jewish ritual object. In recent years, it has broadened to explore themes related to Jewish ideas and cultural practices. 

Continuing the tradition of The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, all artworks on view in this exhibition are for sale. Proceeds will benefit the artists and The CJM’s mission and exhibition programming.

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Exhibition preview
Featured Artists

Jose Arias
Miguel Arzabe
Jillian Crochet
Woody De Othello
Ocean Escalanti
Nicole Phungrasamee Fein
Terri Friedman
Nicki Green
Beth Grossman
Maria Guzmán Capron
Angela Hennessy
Liz Hernández
Leah King

Lisa Kokin
Geralyn Montano
Ramekon O’Arwisters
Yétúndé Olagbaju
Gay Outlaw
Maria Paz
Carissa Potter
Rachelle Reichert
Clare Rojas
Leah Rosenberg
William Scott
Tosha Stimage
Lava Thomas
Connie Zheng


Lead Sponsorship of The Dorothy Saxe Invitational is generously provided by an endowed gift from George Saxe, z”l, in honor of Dorothy R. Saxe. Generous support is also provided by Grants for the Arts.

Image Credit

Header image: Terri Friedman, You don’t get to know (detail), 2021. Friedman Benda Gallery, A New Realism, curated by Glenn Adamson, June 2021. Photo: Josef Jacques.