Joani Rothenberg: 'Inside the Mural' 

While her mural itself is a still a work in progress, Joani Rothenberg's mural project nonetheless accomplishes a key goal of reflecting the diversity of membership and activities at the JCC. Adjacent to the half-completed mural is a small-scale preliminary version that - with its floating soccer balls and Chagallesque bathers floating on air in an inner tube - pays little heed to the laws of gravity. But Rothenberg also manages to depict here the broad diversity of JCC membership. The 17 studies (or quickly-rendered paintings) also on display reflect this JCC resident artist's more down-to-earth observations. Most of these studies, which provide raw material for her mural, work as paintings in their own right. But some don't. "Holocaust Memorial" captures scant detail of the "Surviving Spirit" sculpture on the JCC grounds and does so with a palette better suited to pastoral landscapes. Still, Rothenberg's work is largely successful as a panoramic vision of a treasured Indianapolis institution. Note: the completed mural will hang in the JCC's west entrance. Through Feb. 13; 317-251-9467,

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