More Than Enough: Re-defining Excess
Exhibition of more than 25 local artists
Open during Library hours: M & W 10-4, Tues 12-6, Thur 12-8, Sun 12 - 4
Mon, Mar 05, 2012 12:30 pm - Sun, Aug 05, 2012 12:30 pm
Jewish Community Library • 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Does Judaism demand more than extravagance for a sacred purpose? Are Jews actually commanded to create sacred excess? Biblical commandments to leave fallen stalks and forgotten sheaves for the poor turn the Green movement on its head: in Judaism one must not “use it all up.”
How is this radical perspective reflected in traditional and contemporary Jewish art? For this exhibition we challenged artists to answer the question: when do we need more than enough?
Community artists responded using a fascinating array of media. Photographs, paintings, sculpture, and interactive installations reflect the lavish offerings brought by the Israelites to build their wilderness sanctuary – gifts that proved to be more than enough for the task. Some considered the political and social aspects of the theme, while others look at it spiritually, textually, and symbolically. More Than Enough, curated by Elayne Grossbard, explores this provocative re-interpretation of superabundance through the graphic medium of art.