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An aftertaste of Israel

Three exhibits at Instituto Cultural Cabañas let visitors savor the Israeli presence that filled Guadalajara at the recent International Book Fair.

Cabañas is the local institution that most resembles the type of large art institute to which many foreigners are accustomed, with its permanent collection — the famed Orozco murals on the dome interior — plus well curated, changing exhibits in its other salons — in this case, “Israel: Contemporary Art,” “Hebrew Texts from the Palafox Library” and “Amen.”

Surprisingly, none of the three Israeli shows are narrowly focused on Israel, but are instead intercultural in scope. 

The most markedly universal show has a title that sounds, ironically, the narrowest — “Israel: Arte Contemporaneo.” This artist, Michal Rovner, a woman, presents an almost indescribable blend of video, installation and sculpture which depicts strangely individual yet unidentifiable, moving images of people amassed in rhythmic patterns, some in an architectural frame. This arresting exhibit fills three rooms and remains only until January 19.

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