Trees of Life and Evil Eyes:
A Contemporary Take on Superstition, Symbols and Mysticism
Yiddish New York is pleased to present its second annual visual arts exhibition, Trees of Life and Evil Eyes – A Contemporary Take on Superstition, Symbols and Mysticism
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, LES
New York, New York 10002
Curators: Tine Kindermann and Deborah Ugoretz
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, December 8 – Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Special reception/viewing: A special reception and viewing will also be held during Yiddish New York’s opening Chronikah Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party on Saturday December 24 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. Go to our Evening Program/Special Events page for more details.
Today the common denominator in creed and ritual that once linked man to man has lost its force…whereas in primitive eras magic, myth and religion provided man with a spiritual armor against a hostile environment, today he stands stripped and naked. -Sigfried Giedion. The Roots of Symbolic Expression.
What role do superstitions and expressions of their associated symbols, play in today’s Jewish worlds? What need is there for protection through amulets or ritual practice? How do we navigate the gap between scientific explanations and irrational, all too human fears?
To this day, one can buy amulets inscribed with angels’ names meant to protect young children from being snatched by Lilith. In certain communities, men are advised to not sleep alone at home, to avoid being visited by the same fearless female demon. Do we still feel, like some Talmudic rabbis suggest, that there are individuals who could “at a mere glance, turn mankind into a heap of bones?”