NYC-based artist susan c. dessel is among the artists imagining a New Jewish Tradition in Tzedek Boxes at the Heller Museum.
The Tzedek Box, a ritual object for gathering reminders of our efforts to improve the world, is the inspiration for 29 original works by contemporary artists from across America and around the world on display at the Heller Museum.
Tzedek means justice; and working toward justice is a righteous duty in Judaism. Dessel titled her micrographic work “Ha Lamaot”, or The Whys, for each Tzedek Box is a container created to hold written reflections on every effort one makes to help the world through volunteering, charitable work, education or other just acts.
“Ha Lamaot” combines the human heart and brain, as it is when one’s heart and brain work together that one arrives at just decisions.
The Tzedek Boxes Exhibit will be on display in the Backman Gallery, Heller Museum from January 19, 2023, until May 18, 2023. The museum is located at 1 West 4th Street, between Broadway and Mercer Street. (Proof of Covid vaccination is required.)
Open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm; admission is free.
Free guided tours are available on Tuesday at 11am or 1pm.
For information, contact Curator Nancy Mantell, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 212-824-2218
For tours contact Eleanor Berman, email@example.com
"Ha Lamaot" (a Tzedek Box)