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Mending the Social Fabric, A Conversation

October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Bonnie Meltzer tells stories about her interactive exhibition Tikkun Olam – Mending the Social Fabric with a panel discussion and Q+A.

Join artist Bonnie Meltzer in a Zoom conversation about the work featured in her Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education exhibition Mending the Social Fabric. Bonnie will be in conversation with Rachel Seiger of the Denver Jewish Community Center and textile artist Eli West of Portland Textile Month. Mending the Social Fabric has at its core a parachute encircled by 75 handkerchiefs embroidered with text that amplifies the mending motif. The parachute, a symbol of safety, has rips and tears and over the course of the exhibition interactive community building happens as visitors sit and mend the damage. “This interactive fabric installation is NOT one giant Kvetch about the unraveling of the social fabric, instead, it embraces action, hope, and healing,” said Bonnie. Mending the Social Fabric made specifically for OJMCHE is guided by the Jewish principle “Tikkun Olam,” which means “repair the world”. Originally scheduled to open in October 2020, the emphasis was to have been on citizen action, voting rights, and immigration. As the terrible events of 2020 unfolded and the exhibition date was moved to 2021, Bonnie refocused and expanded her vision, weaving the additional themes of Covid 19, social justice, and safety nets into the installation.

Registration for this event will open on September 26th.


October 12
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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