Exhibitions


  • Siona Benjamin
    Megillah Esther Scroll (detail), 2010
    Archival print on Mylar, limited edition of 125
    1 x 15 feet
    Collection of the Flomenhaft Gallery, New York
    Courtesy of the Artist
    Photo by Lizza Studios

  • David Wander
    Book of Lamentations, 2011
    Ink, acrylic, and collage on paper
    17 1/8 inches x 17 feet, 3 1/8 inches
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • Ellen Holtzblatt
    Hamabul, 2006
    From Hamabul, The Flood
    Woodcut on Japanese paper
    7 x 22 inches
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • Archie Granot
    Haggadah Page 32: Grace after Meals II, 2004
    From The Papercut Haggadah
    12 layers of paper, hand cut with surgical scalpel
    21 x 15 inches
    Collection of Sandra and Max Thurm
    Courtesy of the Artist
    Photo by Meidad Zuchovolsky

  • Lynne Avadenka
    Song of Songs, 1984
    Letterpress printing, Intaglio printing
    Edition of 20
    9 ½ x 42 inches
    Courtesy of the Artist
    Photo by R. H. Hensleigh

  • Ellen Frank / Ellen Frank Illumination Arts
    Calligraphy by Ajda Mladenovic
    Judith Bejeweled, The Book of Judith, 1996/2013
    Courtesy of the Artist
    Photo by Jenny Gorman

  • Andi Arnovitz
    All That Is Left, 2011
    Found prayer book pages, found 100-year-old Gemara cover, thread
    18 x 11 ¾ inches
    Courtesy of the Artist
    Photo by Avshalom Avital

  • Installation shot from As Subject and Object
    Photo by Gina Fuentes Walker

  • Installation shot from As Subject and Object
    Photo by Gina Fuentes Walker

  • Installation shot from As Subject and Object
    Photo by Gina Fuentes Walker


As Subject and Object

Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts

June 14–September 29, 2013

As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts showcases the work of 14 contemporary book artists who explore traditional themes in unconventional ways. Ancient Hebrew texts, ranging from the Hebrew Bible to the Talmud, the Passover Haggadah, and the story of Hanukkah, have inspired these twenty-first century artists to create works as varied in style as they are in media. Rather than merely illustrating the texts, the artists challenge and extend them through their personal interpretations.

Some artists use the source materials as points of departure for creating new books that recount the original narratives, for instance the Books of Esther and Ruth, albeit with contemporary interpretations. Other artists physically alter the ancient texts or use the stories as springboards for new symbolic renderings. These two broad categories respectively represent the “subject” and the “object” in the exhibition’s title.

Online Resources:

Full Exhibition Audio Guide

Curator Tour - Adrianne Rubin, Ph.D., Associate Curator, MOBIA

Lecture and Gallery Discussion - Archie Granot

Artwork Video: Emandulo Re-Creation (video created by Dean Ebben, Exhibition Designer and Lead Preparator, MOBIA)

Artist Video Interview - Andi Arnovitz

Artist Video Interview - Lynne Avadenka

Artist Video Interview - Siona Benjamin

Artist Video Interview - Jacob El Hanani

Artist Video Interview - Ellen Frank

Artist Video Interview - Ellen Holtzblatt

Artist Video Interview - Robert Kirschbaum

Artist Video Interview - Carole P. Kunstadt

Artist Video Interview - Mark Podwal

Artist Video Interview - John Shorb

Artist Video Interview - Deborah Ugoretz

Artist Video Interview - David Wander

 

Major support for MOBIA’s exhibitions and programs has been provided by American Bible Society and by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson. As Subject and Object: Contemporary Book Artists Explore Sacred Hebrew Texts is made possible by the generous support of The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Robert and Sandra Bowden, Reed and Sarah Bowden, and Graham and Magdalena Laws.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Support for educational programs is provided, in part, by The New York Community Trust.