The museum's Invitational series invites contemporary artists to create new works inspired by a Jewish concept or a piece of Judaica. Pieces are presented so that each creation can be enjoyed by the museum's audience, and in the hope that the works will find permanent homes in private collections.
More than fifty artists and their pieces are on display in Sabbath, including several that present traditional images in a radical manner. Al Farrow's Sabbath Candelabra—fashioned from guns and bullets—is a meditation on the relationship between religion and violence.
Other pieces, such as Cary Leibowitz's TGIF, might amuse. In TGIF, the artist offers a water pitcher which Jews of ancient times might have used to wash their hands prior to the Sabbath meal.
During the press opening for Sabbath, CJM announced some of its upcoming shows for 2018.
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