Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art Opening Exhibit
to Feature Artist and Environmental Activist Diane Burko
Philadelphia, PA- November 16, 2018
Celebrating the long commitment to social justice and culture of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, artist and environmental activist Diane Burko will present her exhibit “Repairing the Earth (Tikkun Olam)” on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00pm at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art. This exhibition, which is free and open to the public, examines the role of tikkun olam as it relates to climate change.
Through her work, Burko hopes to inspire viewers to protect our natural world and highlight the problems surrounding climate change. “While gazing at her absorbing landscapes and waterscapes, we receive both implicit and explicit messages of Tikkun Olam,” curator Cynthia Haveson Veloric said. “Maintain environmental protection policies or our earth will erode; diminish pollution or humans, minerals, and animals will suffer; reduce human activated greenhouse gasses or we will cease to breathe clean air.”
Burko’s work, which combines bold forms, passionate color, and colossal scale, invites us to share a sense of wonder and awe before majestic mountains, turquoise seas, ice-blue glaciers, and variegated underwater life, all which are suffering due to environmental issues. “Her work gives us pause as we contemplate earth’s beauty and reckon with its fragility in the face of global warming and environmental degradation.” Veloric said.
The Annual Latke/Vodka Fundraiser, benefitting the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, follows the artist presentation. Purchase tickets at latke-vodka2018.eventbrite.com.