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From September 26 through October 21, 2016, visit the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery for Lines of Flight paintings by Chen Shapira, an exhibit hosted by RCAH and supported by MSU's Jewish Studies Program.
The RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m.
The exhibition, Lines of Flight, assembles different perspectives to explore aspects of Israeli reality and to examine changes in common contemporary Israeli symbols and imagery. The paintings are executed in a continuous, meditative process, building layers of inks and watercolors on paper. Series of paintings combine to create a flux of images and places, tracing real and imagined territories, wandering and searching in these obscure territories. The paintings also trigger critical and political questions regarding land and territory. They examine images of power and control in the landscape, and raise questions about lines of flight and the possibility of becoming.
Chen Shapira studied at the Kalisher School of Art in Tel Aviv and at the New York Studio School, and received his MFA in painting from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel’s national school of art and the oldest institution of higher education in Israel, and at the Shenkar Academy in Ramat-Gan. As an educator, Chen develops programs in socially engaged art that reach all educational levels. He exhibits regularly in Israel, and has created community-based artworks. Chen lives and works in Tel Aviv.
MSU class visits and visits outside of regular gallery hours can be arranged. Contact Carolyn Loeb via email.