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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 28, 2004

(Mahwah) – A video by Shalom Gorewitz, a professor of visual arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey, will be featured in Urban Eden: Three Videos by New York Artists,” opening at The Jewish Museum on July 1 and continuing through October 31.

Gorewitz’s video, Levinas in Yorkville,” is part of a work entitled Before, During, After,” a series of three videos inspired by events and themes related to September 11, 2001. The video, shot in Yorkville, a former German neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, incorporates texts based on the writing of philosopher Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995). Embracing the Jewish concept of tikkun olam (the repair of the world), Levinas made ethical responsibility and respect for people’s differences the starting point of any reflection on the nature of existence and the validity of knowledge.

Since the late 1960s, Gorewitz has worked with prototype and low-end electronic equipment to realize painterly, poetic and political works of art. In addition to his ongoing video production, he has created digital prints and Web-based work.

Urban Eden also features videos by two additional contemporary artists, Jem Cohen and Neil Goldberg. The exhibition explores the pleasures and pains of life in New York City, and looks at how artists and others embrace the city’s energy, creativity and diversity.

The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan. For general information, log on to http://www.thejewishmuseum.org or call 212.423.3200.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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