Wed, Sep 16 | Zoom

7:00PM PAI Shared Wisdom for Elul: How Dante Returned Me to Judaism with Ardele Lister

"Over the years as I worked on it, people kept asking me 'What’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing immersed in the Inferno?'…and I really had no answer. I had no idea this work would lead me to a subsequent lifelong interest in Jewish theology, or in being part of a Jewish community." -Ardele Lister
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7:00PM PAI Shared Wisdom for Elul: How Dante Returned Me to Judaism with Ardele Lister

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Sep 16, 2020, 7:00 PM
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About the Event

"For my 1984 film, my goal was to create a film version of modern Hell where souls are stored on disks and punished with digital effects according to their sins. I had been fairly well educated Jewishly speaking, as a kid but since college had not really been Jewishly engaged. Living in NYC since the mid-70s (witnessing the birth of cable tv, digital video) drew me to make this contemporary homage to Dante’s Inferno. And in order to make it, I had to really delve into its theology, Dante’s very Catholic vision. Over the years as I worked on it, people kept asking me 'What’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing immersed in the Inferno?'…and I really had no answer. I had no idea this work would lead me to a subsequent lifelong interest in Jewish theology, or in being part of a Jewish community."

As this is the season we focus on sin, repenting and forgiveness, we hope that looking at Hell and discussing its form and content and the artist’s journey will open us further to what the season means, or might mean, for each of us. You are encouraged (but not required) to view Hell here (http://ardelelister.com/hell/). Ardele Lister is a Past President of PSJC, and an artist whose works are in major international museum collections such as MoMA, the Stedelijk Museum, Pompidou Centre, and National Gallery of Canada. She recently retired from Rutgers University where she taught media in the Visual Arts Dept. for many years.

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