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Language of Exile by Neta Ben-Attar

Language of Exile by Neta Ben-Attar
May 21 - July 1, 2018
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA

 

 

Opening reception:Thursday, May 24, from 4-6pm.

Artist talk: Thursday, June 21, from 4-6 pm.

Netta Ben-Attar's In the Language of Exile is an aesthetically profound exhibition that encourages conversations around exile and the longing for home. In the composition, the artist renders sheets of klaf (parchment), the same process used for the Jewish holy scrolls (Torah, Mezuza and Tefilin). She reveals the mysteries and inner qualities of the klaf by printing, inscribing, stretching in frames and sculpting the revered material. By adding LED lights she illuminates the raw and wild origin of the material creating an art form she calls “a light within leather” in her combined sculptures and writings.

 

The artist's choice of Klaf as her main medium is drawn from its use for sacred texts. Her work examines religion, sanctity, secularism, activism, feminism, violence, morality, and human fragility. Through these themes, Ben-Attar interprets the symbolic language of the Torah in a contemporary context. Many of her pieces offer prayers written in Hebrew that delve into the paradox of inner and outer reality. Ben-Attar asks “What is "holy" in language?” and “What is the role of letters and words in our lives?”

Her parchment and metal boats tell stories of exile from a homeland and the desire to return. The power of the sacred words, which are embedded into a nation’s flesh (klaf), into its very identity, are also inscribed into the work. This longing to return from exile is similar to the homing instinct of migrating birds. Ben-Attar believes this theme to be highly relevant in light of current mass immigration and exile around the world.

Ben Attar is an Israeli/American artist who has lived in the Southwest for more than a decade. She experiences the complexities of her own story of exile from Israel, her own longing to return. Her work is deeply rooted in the collective consciousness of the Jewish people. The sacred letters and the power of the words they convey seed a deep connection to home, to Jerusalem, despite the challenges. Why is there this desire and what has kept this longing so alive in a people - her people- for thousands of years? Is it hope?

 

 

 

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Theresa's Wall

April 11 - June 9, 2018
Location: Taos Community Auditorium Encore Gallery
Costume and Desk Design Sketches: The Giant Desk Plays
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May 2018

TCA Exhibits at Taos Inn: Mark Asmus

May 14 - September 17, 2018
Location: The Historic Taos Inn
My Taos, Your Taos
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Language of Exile by Neta Ben-Attar

May 21 - July 1, 2018
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA
An artistic conversation
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Book of the Month Volume XXXIII

May 22 - July 2, 2018
Location: Taos Community Auditorium Encore Gallery
Katsina Book
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RBG -- Big Screen TCA

May 23, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
Documentary about The Notorious RBG -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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NED TALKS: Lecture/Discussion about The Giant Desk Plays

May 24, 2018 5:00 PM
Location: SOMOS
Taos Poet and Playwright Ned Dougherty discusses writing The Giant Desk Plays
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Taos Quilting & Needlecraft Guild Exhibit

May 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Location: Stables Gallery
A 3-day exhibit of quilts and needlecraft art work by the Taos High Country Quilting & Needlecraft Guild.
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Taos Quilting & Needlecraft Guild Exhibit

May 26, 2018 10:00 AM
Location: Stables Gallery
A 3-day exhibit of quilts and needlecraft art work by the Taos High Country Quilting & Needlecraft Guild.
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Taos Quilting & Needlecraft Guild Exhibit

May 27, 2018 10:00 AM
Location: Stables Gallery
A 3-day exhibit of quilts and needlecraft art work by the Taos High Country Quilting & Needlecraft Guild.
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FINAL PORTRAIT -- Big Screen TCA

May 27, 2018 2:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this film about the friendship between Giacometti and James Lord
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FINAL PORTRAIT -- Big Screen TCA

May 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this film about the friendship between Giacometti and James Lord
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FINAL PORTRAIT -- Big Screen TCA

Location: Taos Community Auditorium
Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this film about the friendship between Giacometti and James Lord
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FINAL PORTRAIT -- Big Screen TCA

May 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this film about the friendship between Giacometti and James Lord
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The Giant Desk Plays

May 31, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
A TCA Presents - 7 short plays around a very large desk
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June 2018

The Giant Desk Plays

June 1, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
A TCA Presents - 7 short plays around a very large desk
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The Giant Desk Plays

June 7, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
A TCA Presents - 7 short plays around a very large desk
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The Giant Desk Plays

June 8, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: Taos Community Auditorium
A TCA Presents - 7 short plays around a very large desk
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Pecha Kucha Night Taos, Volume 27

June 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Location: TCA
Taos' favorite 'chit chat" night -- always entertaining & informative and usually sold out!
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Taos Opera Institute Festival Gala

June 30 - July 1, 2017
Location: Taos Center for the Arts
Taos Opera Institute participants and the Cantos de Taos quartet offer a delightful evening of song based on the contemporary musical opera, Speed Dating Tonight.
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July 2018

Annell Livingston and Ward L. Estes on Exhibit

July 16 - August 19, 2018
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA
Recent artwork by Annell Livingston and Ward L. Estes
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September 2018

Exhibition: Susan Barnett Paintings

September 5 - October 7, 2018
Location: Encore
Recent paintings by Susan Barnett
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TCA Exhibits at Taos Inn: David Gary Suazo

September 17 - January 28, 2019
Location: The Historic Taos Inn
Work by David Gary Suazo of Taos Pueblo hangs throughout the Inn's public area.
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October 2018

Exhibition: Brian Shields and Bill Stewart

October 8 - November 11, 2018
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA
Recent work by Brian Shields and Bill Stewart
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November 2018

Exhibition: J. Matthew Thomas

November 12 - December 16, 2018
Location: The Encore Gallery of TCA
New paintings by J. Matthew Thomas
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January 2019

TCA Exhibits at Taos Inn: Laurie Celine Balliett

January 28 - May 2, 2019
Location: The Historic Taos Inn
Artwork by Laurie Celine Balliett hangs throughout the Inn's Public areas.
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