Ruth Oppenheim: Grey Line
Ruth Oppenheim (M.F.A. '11), an Israeli-born artist, earned her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union in 2008, and her M.F.A. from AAP in 2011. Oppenheim is currently finishing an M.A. at the Interdisciplinary Program in the Arts at Tel Aviv University. Oppenheim has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Since 2013, she has been the project manager and art administrator of the Umm el Fahem Art Gallery, in the city of Umm el Fahem, Israel. She lives in a small town in the north of Israel with her husband, Joshua, and her two sons, Leo and Adam.
The conflict between Israeli and Palestinian identities is well established, as 50 years have passed since the Six Days war and the crossing of the Green Line. But what is less understood is the position of those who are Israeli-Palestinians, or more comfortably called Arab-Israelis.
The story of the Umm el Fahem Art Gallery, established in 1997 as the first Arab-Palestinian non-for-profit art institution in Israel, illustrates the efforts and difficulties of those who exist "in-between" to define their identities through art and culture.
The lecture will tell the special story of this institution, highlighting the projects it has initiated over the years, as it has strived to create a platform for multicultural dialogue and pursued the goal of becoming the first Palestinian Museum in Israel.