Friday, June 17, 2022 | 12pm
ADMISSION: Free with Museum admission; please note that this is an in-person program at The CJM
In artist Lisa Kokin's words, "Art is the way I attempt to make sense of a (sometimes senseless) world and express what I think about what goes on in that world." Join us in the gallery this June as Kokin, one of thirty artists featured in Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves, discusses her creative practice and how it channels her deep concern for the human condition, and the precarious positions in which humanity often finds itself. In the process, discover how Kokin's artwork featured in the exhibition reflects on the concept of tikkun (Hebrew for "to repair") through stitching, patching, repurposing, and repairing.
This event is free with Museum admission. This is an in-person program at The CJM; please review our health and safety protocols before your visit. Click below to book your tickets for the program.
Lisa Kokin lives and works in El Sobrante, California with her spouse, photographer Lia Roozendaal; Austin and Ollie, her canine studio assistants; and Bindi the cat. The daughter of upholsterers, Kokin stitches everything she can get her hands on, including discarded books which she rescues from the local recycling center. Kokin brings a fiber sensibility and a conceptual approach to a diverse array of materials. Her work is often a commentary on the world around her, often incorporating the age-old Jewish response to adversity: humor.
Kokin has been the recipient of multiple awards and commissions, including a Eureka Fellowship, a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship, The Dorothy Saxe Invitational Award for Creativity in Contemporary Arts, the Alameda County Arts Commission (multiple venues), and the Richmond Civic Center Public Art Interior Acquisitions Project. Her work is in numerous private collections. Public and corporate collections include the Boise Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, the Buchenwald Memorial, the di Rosa Preserve, Mills College, Yale University Art Museum, University of Washington Special Collections, Rutgers University, Kaiser Permanente, and Tiffany & Co.
Tikkun: For the Cosmos, the Community, and Ourselves, the twelfth iteration of The Dorothy Saxe Invitational at The CJM, presents works by thirty 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.
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.
Public Programs at The CJM are made possible thanks to generous support from Grants for the Arts and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.