“How Ecological (and Jewish) Art Can Change How We Learn”
In 1969, artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles wrote Manifesto for Maintenance Art, a rallying cry for a new way of seeing maintenance work, of seeing art, and our role in each. Created in a context of burgeoning feminism, environmentalism and labor activism, Ukeles’ work is also deeply rooted in a Jewish consciousness and offers a probing case study for the power of art in the world, and in the Jewish Studies classroom.
Tamar Benzikry is a Seattle-based arts advocate, curator and administrator for 4Culture. She manages public art projects that bring artists’ ideas to infrastructure, collaboratively transforming utilities, buildings, buses and trails into cultural experiences. Tamar also works with museums, galleries, and educational groups to bring Jewish art to the fore. Tamar received her MA in Jewish Art & Visual Culture from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and her BA in Art History with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Washington. She is currently teaching a seminar on “Graphic Novels and Jewish Memory” at the UW.