Gershman Gallery


Siona Benjamin

Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin

September 18 through December 19
Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 2 PM
Curated by Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, a visiting curator from Towson University, Maryland

“In this transcultural America, I feel a strong need to make art that will speak to my audience of our similarities, not our differences…. I would like my audience to re-evaluate their notions and concepts about identity and race, thus understanding that such misconceptions could lead to racism, hate, and war.”

Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay of Bene Israel Jewish descent. Emphasizing the similarities and not the differences of her varied background, her work details her experiences growing up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings are inspired by Indian miniatures, Jewish illuminated manuscripts and Jewish and Hindu mythology. This exhibition is presented courtesy of the artist and Flomenhaft Gallery.

Art in Discussion: Blue Like Me Lecture
The Gershman Y
Wednesday, October 22, 6 pm
Benjamin will discuss how her heritage and upbringing combined to inspire her exhibit, Blue Like Me.

Rang De Nila: Color Me Blue
Caplan Auditorium
Wednesday, November 19, 8 pm
$25 / Students with ID: $12 at the door
In collaboration with Benjamin, the Rang De Nila dancers will present an unforgettable evening of Indian dance, with modern and jazz influences, at Caplan Auditorium in Terra Hall, 211 South Broad Street.

Film Preview: Blue Like Me
The Gershman Y
Thursday, December 4, 6 – 8 pm
Join the Gershman Y for a preview screening of the documentary Blue Like Me. The film profiles artist Siona Benjamin and explores the central themes of her work. Filmmaker Hal Rifkin and Siona Benjamin will lead a discussion following the film.