From the sacred to the profane, from belly dancing to La Belle Époque – this weekend provides a cornucopia of events – from readings of the sacred Torah, environmental art at Recology, Belly Dancing at the De Young and revisiting the Belle Époque at the Legion.
Contemporary Jewish Museum: The People’s Torah
Read between the letters of The People’s Torah, a new interactive exhibition. The People’s Torah is a navigable, three-dimensional, virtual rendering of the Five Books of Moses that will be “written” collectively, letter by letter, by more than 300,000 people around the world participating both online and within the galleries of the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
San Francisco Dump Artist in Residence
Redemption by Christina Mazza and The Last Shall Be First by Erik Otto
The exhibition will feature two separate bodies of work including drawings, paintings, and installations inspired by and created out of salvaged materials found during each artists’ four-month residency at San Francisco’s city dump.
By highlighting a rope, or a pile of shredded paper, Mazza focuses on fragility and the individual beauty of objects that often go unnoticed. To accompany her drawings, she also produced an installation and a short collaborative video to document her memorable experience at the Dump.
Erik Otto considers himself a process artist and often, during the act of scavenging for materials, he develops his ideas. Themes of repetition, beauty, and devastation are central threads in his work.
De Young – Cultural Encounters. Bellydancing! Come for the music, stay for the comprehensive cultural experience. There will be live Arabic music by Ajyal who will accompany Rachel Brice’s vintage belly dancing. You can make your own belly dancing costume (5:300-8:30 PM) or get a henna tattoo.
Legion of Honor: La Belle Époque at the Legion – lectures in the Rodin Gallery and in the Florence Gould Theatre. Between noon and 3:00 PM, there will be jewelry demonstrations by the Crucible and at 4 PM, an organ concert by Keith Thompson.
Museum of Folk Art and Craft: Open Source Embroidery closes on January 24, 2010, at 5PM. Don’t miss it!