• Tobi Kahn, Ahma, 2008, Acrylic on wood.

  • Tobi Kahn, Dasha VII, 2009, Acrylic on wood.

  • Tobi Kahn, Lahav V, 2008, Bronze.

  • Tobi Kahn, Saphyr II, 2004.

  • Tobi Kahn, Vyhti, Acrylic on canvas over wood.

  • Tobi Kahn, Yafah, Acrylic on wood.

  • Tobi Kahn, Ykarh, Acrylic on wood.

Tobi Kahn

Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century

October 16, 2009–January 24, 2010

This exhibition brings together recent projects by New York City artist Tobi Kahn (chief among them Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun; Milwaukee, WI, 2008) within the context of sacred spaces conceived for the 21st century. These projects, whether architectural enclosures populated by artwork or single objects with a performative dimension that help beholders conceive their own ritual (or participate in a public one), suggest more than they offer. Kahn's images are, first and foremost, metaphors; the symbolism of his art is not about any one specific religion but about spiritual engagement. Since his art feels equally at home in the liturgy, in the public forum, and in museums, it has special significance for individuals and institutions - like MOBIA - who seek to understand the relationship between art, religion, and ritual.

Major support for MOBIA's exhibitions and programs has been provided by the American Bible Society and by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support for Tobi Kahn: Sacred Spaces for the 21st Century has been provided by Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, and Harold and Estelle N. Tanner.