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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 28, 2003

(Mahwah) – Shalom Gorewitz, an artist and professor of media art and critical theory at Ramapo College of New Jersey, will exhibit a series of digital prints at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism in New York City through December. A reception and video screening is scheduled Thursday, November 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Society. The artist will talk about his work in a presentation, Degrees of Light and Darkness,” on Saturday, December 27 at 9 a.m.

The series’ title, (In)direct Light,” refers to the Hasidic belief that the world is illuminated by indirect light. It is believed that through meditative practice and contemplation of nature, one can sometimes see beyond the shadows. Gorewitz’s complex and challenging works range in theme from circumcision, to the relationship of Buddhism and psychology, the death of Paul Wellstone (a U.S. Senator who died in a small plane crash) and the teachings of St. Francis.

Several of the works were recently displayed at the George T. Potter Library Gallery at Ramapo College and Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY. Gorewitz, a pioneer video artist as well as a Ramapo College professor, is a Guggenheim Fellow whose work has been shown internationally in museums, galleries, festivals and on television.

The Society for the Advancement of Judaism is part of the Reconstructionist movement, which champions art and personal expression as integral to spiritual practice,” he says. Of his exhibit Gorewitz says, These panels are full of scrambled Hebrew words and letters, sacred ritual objects and fragments of prayers. These references are intentionally ambiguous and open to diverse interpretations.”

The Society for the Advancement of Judaism is located at 15 West 86th Street and is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during events. For more information and to confirm hours, call (212) 724-7000.

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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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