January 26th 2017
One cannot talk about light without talking about shadows. Light illuminates and feeds, but it also reveals and harms. Darkness intimidates and conjures, but it also hides and protects. Many languages have words to describe the coexistence of lightness and darkness: in time of day, personality, art, mood. It is the contrast of light and dark, however, that often makes us pause to recognize beauty. The reality is that day and night, light and dark, are both expressions of the same reality (that is to say: light, or a lack of it). Join us to explore light and its magic, properties and influence.
Wine and beer will be served alongside hearty snacks and sides. Please come hungry, but not hangry. Prompt start is at 7:30pm. Our only request: be open, be kind, be curious.
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Artist and creator of The Light Phone
Bio:Carlos Martinez is a Cuban-born, U.S.-raised architect who now leads the firmwide Consumer Goods Practice and acts as Studio Director for global architect firm Gensler, where he now works from the New York office. For more than 30 years, he has provided thought leadership and innovative solutions in architecture, design and business strategy. Having recently served on Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee, Carlos focuses on shaping the strategic role of design in clients’ enterprises along with fostering the next generation of design talent. Widely acknowledged as one of the industry’s most innovative and influential designers, Carlos has received numerous honors and accolades, including induction into the International Interior Design Association’s College of Fellows. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Design at The Art Institute of Chicago and sits on the boards of several renowned organizations. Carlos graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. in Architecture and earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He loves Cuban food and is excited to be living in New York.
Bio:Attracted to the universal principles of Kabbalah and the open-to-all approach of The Kabbalah Centre, Rachel brought her down-to-earth teaching style to the Centre in 2000 with the intention of helping to spread awareness of the ancient wisdom. Originally from Israel, she studied Education in college and spent nearly ten years in the business world before coming to the Centre and working with Spirituality for Kids as a coordinator and teacher. She delights in teaching Kabbalah 1, and hopes to expand empowering courses for women. Rachel is dedicated to making Kabbalah even more accessible so that every human being may be awakened to understand their own life, their purpose in this world, and reconnect to his/her true essence.
Artist and creator of The Light Phone
Bio:Joe Hollier is a multi-disciplinary artist and entrepreneur. He studied design at the School of Visual Arts where he graduated as the valedictorian. He ran a small studio/skateboarding company where he worked as an animator, film maker, illustrator and fine artist. The Smithsonian commissioned a short film from Joe that lives in their collection. He’s worked with Nike, CNN, the Lincoln Center, and Sagmeister & Walsh. Print Magazine recognized him as one of the top 20 visual artists under the age of 30 in 2014 & The Art Directors Club gave Joe the prestigious Young Guns award in 2016. Joe was invited to participate in Google’s inaugural incubator in 2014, which is where he met Kaiwei Tang and they began building Light together.
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