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Snapshots from the Garden of Eden

SNAPSHOTS FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN (2017) commissioned by the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco for the exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. This epic exhibition was based on the book, Leaves From The Garden Of Eden, a collection of 100 Jewish fairytales, folktales, mythical and supernatural tales collected and retold by folklorist Howard Schwartz. These rich fables are found in rabbinic legends, biblical commentary, kabalistic texts and Hasidic tales that originate from all over the world. The exhibition mounted September 28, 2017 – January 28, 2018, was conceived by Pierre- François Galpin, Assistant Curator, and was collaboratively organized by Galpin and Chief Curator Renny Pritikin. The curation included works by sixteen international contemporary artists and explored themes of transformation, metamorphosis, good and evil, political metaphors, and storytelling in contemporary art. Photographed in theatrical black and white tableau, Snapshots From The Garden Of Eden features characters, and scenes, from each of the four primary types of tales. The large scale pieces feature the rich and ethnically diverse characters made up of divine royalty, temptresses, supernatural spirits, and Hasidic figures that star in these ancient dramas. Dina Goldstein challenges and subverts popular Jewish themes like destiny, temptation, justice, wisdom, blind faith and circumstance. The series exhibited at the Museo Ebraico di Venezia, Venice Jewish Museum, 2018/2019. The works are currently displayed at the Montreal Jewish Museum, Montreal.