Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity

Date: Jun 01, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sponsor: Arts | Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue

Location: JTS

Category: Arts Interreligious Dialogue

Opening Reception for an Exhibit Featuring 13 Visual Artists Exploring the Story of Creation

New Genesis, Joel Silverstein, 2021

Opening Reception for “Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity”

Thursday, June 1, 2023
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

3080 Broadway (at 122nd)

Exhibition Dates: June 1- July 30; Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. except holidays.

Join us for the opening celebration of “Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity,” an interfaith visual art exhibition based on the Genesis narratives as seen through the lenses of contemporary Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The exhibit will include works by 13 Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and secular artists reflecting on these seminal stories of religious world literature. There will also be a panel discussion on the “The Art of Creation” featuring Rabbi Burt Visotzky, Daisy Khan, and Karenna Gore, moderated by artist/curator Richard McBee.

The exhibit is presented by the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at JTS in partnership with the Jewish Art Salon and Caravan. It is part of larger exhibition, “Genesis: The Beginning of Creativity,” at three New York City venues: JTS, The Interchurch Center, and Riverside Church. Chief curators: Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee and Goldie Gross

Featured Artists

Diane Churchill, Taiba Faraj, Lori Horowitz, Robert Kirschbaum, Richard McBee, Kiki McGrath, Skip McKinstry, Sonia McNally, Lisa Miriam, Joan Myerson Shrager, Joel Silverstein, Yona Verwer, and Keiko Yamada.


Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Nathan and Janet Appleman Professor Emeritus of Midrash and
Interreligious Studies at JTS

Daisy Khan, a Kashmiri-American Islamic campaigner and reformer; executive director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE)

Karenna Gore, American author, lawyer, and climate activist; founder and executive
director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary

Moderator: Richard McBee, curator, artist, writer

Leaders of the Genesis Project

Chief curators: Joel Silverstein, Richard McBee and Goldie Gross
Curators: Abigail H. Meyer, Susan Maishlish
Director of Administration: Yona Verwer
Advisors: Tobi Kahn, Steven Fine, Siona Benjamin, Aaron Rosen, Bishop Paul-Gordon Chandler.