Dina Goldstein’s Snapshots from the Garden of Eden

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Dina Goldstein’s newest work, “Snapshots from the Garden of Eden” features 11 large-scale tableau images with representing characters and passages from “Leaves From The Garden Of
Eden”. The series includes modernized scenes from each of the four primary types of tales: fairy tales, folktales, supernatural tales and mystical tales which feature the rich and ethnically diverse characters made up of divine royalty, temptresses, supernatural spirits, and Hasidic figures who star in these ancient dramas. Goldstein challenges the viewer with themes of destiny, temptation, justice, wisdom, blind faith and
circumstance. “Snapshots from the Garden of Eden” was commissioned for the Contemporary Jewish Museum Of San Francisco Leaves From The Garden Of Eden is 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 book will be the subject of a major exhibition which opened September 2017, Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist As Maggid at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco,  conceived by Pierre- François Galpin, Assistant Curator, and is being collaboratively organized by Galpin and Chief Curator Renny Pritikin.

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