2. January 30- March 28, 2000
The "White Monkey" Talks with God: Sam Maitin Paints from the Bible.
The curious thing, in putting together this exhibition, is that I have done far more Jewish related work than I was even aware. Ideas intrigue me. I am happy to be like a sponge, to take in ideas as an impetus. I have to confess that I see ancient Jewish writings as literature to“The which I feel specially connected.” Sam Maitin
An observation made by Rita Rosen Poley in 2000 of Sam Maitin:
“In the more than thirty years that I have known Sam Maitin he has repeatedly told me that he is not very Jewish. I made the mistake of believing him until I had the opportunity to see this body of work. The Temple Judea Museum is very proud to bring this important work, by this very special artist, to the public.
There are many ways to define Jewishness. For me an intellectual engagement with Jewish thought, whether it be biblical, historic, political, religious, or cultural all qualify. As I listened to Sam tell stories of his upbringing, of his conversations with his father about Jewishness, I felt privileged. Sam's childhood was unique in many ways, certainly it was not traditionally observant, but, in large part, the legacy of that unique and unusual Jewish childhood is now found on the walls of the Temple Judea Museum.”
DESCRIPTION: A multi-media exhibition of works by the artist with a Judaic theme.