For Tobi Kahn tikkun olam looks like a city awash in deep blue, its interior reflecting the heavens, its slot like a mailbox to God.
In 2011, the New York-based sculptor and painter Tobi Kahn created a meditative space at New York’s Educational Alliance to reflect on the tenth anniversary 9/11 attacks. Kahn specializes in such spaces, which he designs to promote, in his words, “healing.” The exhibit at the Educational Alliance, titled “Embodied Light: 9-11 in 2011,” centered on the sculpture “M’AHL,” a low-rise rectangle cut in relief to resemble Kahn’s memory of the view of Manhattan from the World Trade Center’s Windows on the World.
With all of the candles, the menorahs and the doughnuts, Hanukkah is a naturally photogenic holiday. But now artist Tobi Kahn is putting party snapshots to a higher purpose than just showing your friends how many latkes you’re about to eat.
How does one heal from a traumatic event on the scale of 9/11? That’s the question tackled by artist Tobi Kahn in his exhibit, “Embodied Light: 9/11 in 2011,” on view at The Educational Alliance in Downtown Manhattan until November 23.