Aspen art exhibit focuses on Abrahamic religions |

Aspen art exhibit focuses on Abrahamic religions

"Brethren again II" by artist Carolyn Manosevitz.
Erica Robbie/The Aspen Times |

Artist Carolyn Manosevitz said she “has a strong need to preserve the memory of the destroyed Jewish communities of Europe” as she set up her art exhibition, “Reflections,” at the Aspen Chabad Jewish Community Center on Thursday afternoon.

Manosevitz’s exhibit is part of a symposium called “Encountering the Stranger” that will take place at the center June 5 to 8.

The “stranger” refers to anybody who is not like you in any regard, Manosevitz said.

The inspiration for the title came from a book of essays, co-edited by Leonard Grob and John Roth, with the same title.

“Everything I do has a story,” Manosevitz said. “And it usually ends up being a personal one.”

Manosevitz often incorporates interfaith dialogue, which she defines as “communication between various religious traditions” into her work.

A painter of 25-plus years, Manosevitz directed her first symposium at the Austin Presbyterian theological seminary in 1999.

But it wasn’t until several years and several symposiums later that Manosevitz discovered what she considers a turning point.

Instead of focusing on interfaith dialogue in a more broad sense, Manosevitz said that focusing specifically on the Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — led to her most successful symposium yet.

“Encountering the Stranger,” which involves the Abrahamic religions, will begin with a registration and welcome by Rabbi Mendel Mintz on June 5 at 4 p.m.


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