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Mar 7, 2004–Jun 27, 2004
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is proud to present 100 Artists See God—an exhibition that reaches beyond universal images of traditional faiths to offer individual interpretations of spirituality by a variety of leading contemporary artists, co-curated by artists John Baldessari and Meg Cranston, and organized and circulated by Independent Curators International (ICI).
100 Artists See God is an exhibition that goes beyond universal images of traditional faiths to offer individual interpretations of spirituality. The show was organized around the following questions: How do contemporary artists see God? How and why might the point of view of artists reinforce or stand in contrast to that of the general public? And what comfort or answers do we all seek in spiritual undertakings of varying kinds?
The curators invited artists to respond to one of art’s most enduring challenges: picturing the divine. They imagined, “a group of a hundred artists standing in a field having a simultaneous revelation.” The exhibition consists of one work by each artist—primarily photographs, drawings and paintings along with several sculptures and single-channel videos—many of them made in response to the curators’ call for participation.
Through a variety of mediums and vastly different approaches, the participating artists challenge themselves and their viewers to rethink the very idea of God. The approaches vary from irreverent to sincere, from playful to portentous.
Reverend Ethan Acres
Jo Harvey Allen
Mary Ellen Carroll
Barry Le Va
T. Kelly Mason
Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz
Glen Walter Rubsamen
Pauline Stella Sanchez
Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson, in collaboration with Helena Jonsdottir
Mans Wrange, in collaboration with Igor Isaksson