Tabita Shalem worked closely with Ben-Zion in the last decade of his life assisting with the publication of his literary works and select exhibitions. For the next 25 years Tabita continued working with Ben-Zion’s widow, Lillian. Together, they envisioned the preservation of his legacy by archiving, documenting, and maintaining his prolific body of work. The unique nature of the living and studio space containing the vast collections of ancient and ethnographic artifacts as Ben-Zion lived and worked in it, was preserved. Since Lillian’s death in 2012, Tabita has opened the space to historians, curators, collectors, and artists from all over the world. She continues to lay the groundwork for developing exhibitions, scholarship, and other partnerships that honor Ben-Zion’s multi-faceted life and work. Tabita has advanced training in psychotherapy and imagery which enhances her work in the area of creativity and art.
Ori Z Soltes, PhD, teaches at Georgetown University across the disciplines of theology, art history, philosophy and politics. He is the former Director and Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum where he curated some 80 exhibitions. He is the author of several hundred articles and catalogue essays, and the author or editor of 25 books, including The Ashen Rainbow: The Holocaust and the Arts; Symbols of Faith: How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source; and Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture (second edition forthcoming).
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This event is part of our monthly series
Flight or Fight. stories of artists under repression.
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