Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) will present Tobi Kahn: Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century, an exhibition of 30 recent paintings, sculptures and objects by the noted New York artist, from October 16, 2009 to January 24, 2010. As the first exhibition to explore Kahn’s notion of sacred space, it marks the public debut of a complex new work – a visually cohesive environment Kahn has created for the interior of a synagogue, the Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2008). Anchored by eight magnificent six-foot-high abstract murals in shimmering tones of gold and white suggestive of a limitless grandeur, this elegant artistic ensemble draws upon Kahn’s rich awareness of history to create a place of worship that departs from tradition, even as it is informed by it.
Along with the exhibit, GILES (in association with the Museum of Biblical Art) is publishing a catalog by the same name (Tobi Kahn: Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century). Each work in the volume is accompanied by a Meditation by novelist and poet Nessa Rapoport. Other pieces will include:
The Meaning of Beauty by Tobi Kahn
The Art of Engagement: Sacred Spaces Past & Present by Ena G. Heller
The Embrace of the World: Art and the Matter of Worship by David Morgan
The Ethos of Tobi Kahn’s Sacred Spaces by Klaus Ottman
The Measure of an Infinite Object by Jeff Edwards
Sanctity in Space by Daniel Sperber
Catalog with Songs by Nessa Rapoport
The book is due out this October.
If you would like to visit the exhibit, the MOBIA is located at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street in Manhattan. More information can be found on MOBIA’s website.