22 April 2020

Press Release: Cyberangels from Israel Herald End of Corona Plague

For immediate release to the following cities with museums that have Mel Alexenberg’s art in their collections

New York City and Syracuse, New York; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Cincinnati and Youngstown, Ohio; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; Lexington, Kentucky; San Antonio, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Kansas City, Missouri; Elkhart, Indiana; Laramie, Wyoming; Halifax, Canada; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria;  Malmo, Sweden; Amsterdam and The Hague, Netherlands; London, England; Caracas, Venezuela; Launceston, Tasmania, Australia; Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel

See Alexenberg’s digital artwork launching cyberangels to all 30 museums on five continents at Global Tribute to Rembrandt.

Below is an exemplary press release to two museums in New York City that have Alexenberg’s new media artworks inspired by Rembrandt in their collections. Images of cyberangels flying into each of these museums from Israel will be attached.

Cyberangels Fly from Israel to The Met and MoMA to Herald End of Corona Plague

Mel Alexenberg’s creates digital age artworks in which cyberangels take flight from Israel as messengers of hope everywhere the coronavirus is striking our bodies and souls. 

“A lion has roared; who will not fear?” (Amos 3: 8) “Go into your houses, my people, and lock your door behind you; hide for just a moment until the wrath has passed.” (Isaiah 26: 20)

While the frightening coronavirus pandemic requires that you hide in physical isolation away from everyone, the world of smartphones and the Internet invites you to come out of hiding and connect to anyone. People throughout the world look forward to “Awaking and shouting for joy” (Isaiah 26: 19) when the curtain comes down at the end of the plague.

Mel makes the words of the Bible come alive as the cyberangels come down to earth in The Met and MoMA in NYC, and 28 other museums on five continents that have his Rembrandt-inspired artworks in their collections. The cyberangels arrived from Israel at the museums’ cafes of since the biblical words for angel and food are spelled with the same four Hebrew letters to teach that angels are spiritual messages arising from everyday life. All 30 virtual flights are documented in the Global Tribute to Rembrandt blog that pays homage to the great master on the 350th anniversary of his death.

He is reactivating a cyberangel team that will be led by the angel Raphael to herald the grand finale of the coronavirus plague. In Jewish and Christian traditions, the angel Raphael works to heal bodies, minds and spirits. “Raphael” is related to the word rophe, the Divine healer in biblical Hebrew (Exodus 15:26), and medical doctor in contemporary Hebrew. Since COVID-19 has closed the museums, Alexenberg is sending the angel Raphael team to bring healing words to their homebound staffs with an image of cyberangels flying into their museums when they reopen.  

His highly acclaimed book Through a Bible Lens offers biblical insights for the new media age. It was published shortly before the coronavirus pandemic erupted, anticipating the need for spiritual insights for coping with the radical changes in our lives in physical isolation while demonstrating how new media can connect us in virtual space.

The book demonstrates to people of all faiths how biblical insights can transform life, in good times and bad, into imaginative ways of seeing spirituality in all that we do.

American-Israeli artist Mel Alexenberg is also a prominent educator, writer, and blogger. He was professor at Columbia University and research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies. In Israel where he lives with his wife Miriam, he was professor at Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University, and head of Emunah College School of the Arts in Jerusalem. 

He is author for 13 books, including Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media (Elm Hill/HarperCollins), The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness and Educating Artists for the Future: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology and Culture (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press).

For further information contact Mel Alexenberg at melalexenberg@yahoo.com and +927-52-855-1223

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