June 17 – September 25, 2022
The identity of Indian-American-Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is layered and multifaceted, just like her artwork.
Raised as a Jew and member of the Bene Israel community in a largely Hindu and Muslim Mumbai, she attended Catholic and Zoroastrian schools before moving to the US. Benjamin’s transcultural view has been shaped by diverse, complex experiences and is inspired by history and mythology, as illustrated by the captivating characters and symbolism which populate her pieces.
Immigration, gender, the concept of ‘home’, and the role of art in social change are explored through vibrantly hued paintings blending tradition with innovation and navigating feelings of inclusion and exclusion. Further reflecting current issues, Benjamin’s work considers and challenges perceptions about culture, race and religion, and in crossing boundaries and building bridges, she asks viewers to do the same.
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PUBLIC PROGRAMS FOR BEYOND BORDERS
Virtual Lecture – A Multifaceted Glimpse into Modern India<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/modern-india/>
Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 PM
Community Free Day<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/free-day-71522/>
Friday, July 15, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Jews Into and Out of India: From the Bene Israel to Siona Benjamin<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/jews-in-india/>
Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 PM
Community Free Day<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/free-day-82122/>
Sunday, August 21, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
In-Person Film Screening and Talkback – Blue Like Me<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/blue-like-me/>
Thursday, August 25, 7:00 PM
America’s Black Holocaust Museum (401 W. North Ave.)
Virtual Film Screening and Talkback – Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/shalom-bollywood/>
Monday, September 12 – Sunday, September 25
Click here for a full list of programs at Jewish Museum Milwaukee.<https://jewishmuseummilwaukee.org/events/>