This big scale Installation containing 42 separate pieces will invite audiences of all ages to actively participate throughout the course of 3 days while it will be on display at the auditorium space at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. The audience will be able to rearrange the pieces and construct their own Solomonâ€™s Chair, an amassing artifact that originally emerged as a result of genius engineering and magic. As artists we are inspired by the idea of opening space for people to actively engage with the art and offer everyone a chance to participate in the making off the project. Similarly to how The original Solomonâ€™s Chair changed based on who had approached it, our installation will change as more and more people pass through it.
Reflection notes from Pre-k classes:
The Making of Solomon’s Chair
The installation will be accompanied by artist talk with Misha Sklar and Zhenya Plechkina. Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in a special art making workshop inspired by the making of Installation, with Zshuk artist and teacher Zhenya Plechkina.
The installation will be open 10am-6pm November 20-22.
The 2 art making workshops will take place:
Saturday November 20
2:15-3:00 and 3:00-3:45(space is limited)
“For no king was the throne made like it, and no kingdom could produce similar ones. This throne was made as follows: Twelve lions of gold stood upon it, and opposite to them twelve eagles of gold, a lion opposite and eagle, and an eagle opposite a lion. The right paw of the golden lion was toward the left wing of the golden eagle, and the left wing of the golden eagle was toward the right paw of the golden lion. The sum of all the lions upon it was seventy-two, and there were the same number of eagles. Towards the top, where the king’s seat was, the throne was round. It had six steps of gold, as it is written: ‘The king made a throne of ivory, and this throne had six steps’ [1 Kings 10:18-19]. Upon the first step lay a golden ox, and opposite to it a golden lion; upon the second step lay
a golden bear, and opposite to it a golden lamb; upon the third step lay a golden panther, and opposite to it a golden owl; upon the fourth step lay a golden eagle, and opposite to it a golden peacock; upon the fifth step lay a golden cat, and opposite to it a golden hen; and upon the sixth step lay a golden hawk, and opposite to it a golden dove. Upon the throne stood likewise a golden dove, holding a golden hawk in its claws. Thus one day will all nations and languages be delivered into the hands of King Messiah, and into the hands of the house of Israel….â€
Megillah Esther, Targum Sheni
image source: painting “The Judgment of Solomon”, 1649 by Nicolas Poussin
This project is made possible with a grant through Mini Grant From COJECO and CWW .