Unity, community, Iggy — not to mention Leslie Jones
Four months ago, on April 20, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on Miami Beach opened a survey of works from more than 30 artists from 1940 to the present that stare into the face of inhumanity.
Titled “Evil: A Matter of Intent,” the collection of mixed-media paintings, works on paper, photography and sculptural pieces offered an unsparing look at the horror of the Holocaust and the lynchings and subjugation in the segregated South.
A centerpiece of the exhibit, offered in a former synagogue that housed Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation, was the installation of a 1940s KKK King Kleagle robe and hat (from the museum’s permanent collection).
If the opening-night viewer could be comforted by the sense that these were displays of an Get daily updates on South Florida entertainment and things to do at South Florida.com and on Twitter at @Ben Crandell anachronistic immorality, that is no longer possible.
But there is another theme at work in this exhibit: Our capacity to unite against a common enemy to defeat evil. It is alluded to in several works, but most directly and powerfully in “Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By,” a lithograph from 1965 by Ben Shahn that depicts a white hand reaching out to raise a black hand.
An accompanying caption reads, “Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once asserted that the entire ethical teachings of the Hebrew Bible could be condensed into one sentence: an excerpt from Leviticus 19:16, ‘Thou shalt not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.’ ”
“Evil: A Matter of Intent” is on display at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU through Oct. 1. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySunday. Admission: $6, $5 seniors/students, free on Saturday. Visit: JMOF.FIU.edu.
Battioke is back
Former Miami Heat star Shane Battier’s karaoke-themed charity event Battioke 2017 will take place Sept. 14 at Miami’s energetic Ball & Chain. The annual fundraiser brings many South Florida sports stars and personalities together for a night of awesome and awful singing to benefit the Battier Take Charge Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Battier and wife Heidi to fund college scholarships and educational opportunities for underprivileged youth. In the past eight years, Battioke has raised more than $1 million, thanks to “singers” who have included Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Pat Riley, Udonis Haslem, Jon Secada, Jimmy Buffet, Gabrielle Union and Ken Jeong. Tickets to the 21-and-older event, sponsored by BBVA Compass, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Carnival Cruise Line and the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, cost $100. Visit TakeChargeFoundation.org.
“Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By,” by Ben Shahn, is part of “Evil: A Matter of Intent.”