Artist in Residence: Siona Benjamin
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay. Her work reflects her background of being raised Jewish in Hindu and Muslim cultures. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, blending ancient forms with contemporary pop cultural elements, creating a vocabulary of her own. Siona was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010 for her project titled Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Her Fulbright project seeks to raise awareness about the long-standing history of Indian Jewish communities in India by documenting with photography and painting the individual faces and stories of this ancient group of people. Siona’s residency at the Mizel Museum, with the support of local sponsors, will consist of three programs, each one highlighting a particular facet of this multi-dimensional artist.
Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives
Thursday, May 17, Reception 5:30 pm; program 6:00-7:30pm
Siona Benjamin will discuss her Fulbright fellowship project
and research travel to India. Co-sponsored by the Young Adult Department of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and Denver Sister Cities International Karmiel Committee. PRICE: $12 members; $16 non-members
The Art of Shabbat
Friday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Allow the Mizel Museum to host you for one of our signature Shabbat dinners. This one will offer a unique flair, with vegetarian Indian food paired with an artful conversation with Siona Benjamin. In the extraordinary gallery setting of the Museum, your senses will be delighted. Join us from 6:30-7:00pm for mingling, and exhibit tours; dinner at 7:00pm; candlelighting at 7:58pm; and discussion with Siona from 8:00 to 8:45pm.
PRICE: $24 members/$30 non-members
Creative Sundays Workshop
Miniature Painting Workshop
Sunday, May 20, 10:00am -3:00pm
Explore the intricate, colorful tradition of Persian/Indian miniatures in this hands-on workshop. We’ll delve into the work and influences of contemporary artists born in South Asia who are now living in the West, and whose inspiration is often drawn from ancient cultures. You’ll create your own art inspired by this ancient tradition.
PRICE: $41/members; $55/non-members