Artists' Panel Discussion: Revisioning Biblical Women - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Artists' Panel Discussion: Revisioning Biblical Women

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Friday, November 1, 2002

Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm

Moderator: Dr. Wendy Zierler, Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies, HUC-JIR/NY
Panelists: Carol Hamoy, Tobi Kahn, Archie Rand, Deborah Rosenthal

Admission: Free

In conjunction with the exhibition:
Archetype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in Contemporary Art
On view through January 10, 2003

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan

In recent years, a growing number of contemporary artists have been drawn to exploring biblical subject matter in their art. In this panel discussion, celebrated artists will discuss their interest in depicting biblical women as subjects for works of art. For some artists, this work challenges the biblical tradition that has dominated Western civilization, for others, it expresses a deeply personal connection to the stories and characters of the Bible. Through art, they all create images beyond the imagined or expected.

The panelists, Carol Hamoy, Tobi Kahn, Archie Rand, and Deborah Rosenthal, represent a cross-section of the artists who have participated in the exhibitionArchetype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in Contemporary Art. In turning to the women of the Bible for subject matter, many of the artists have challenged stereotypes and the andocentric nature of biblical record, and centuries of translation that have paid little attention to biblical women, many of whom are unnamed.

The moderator, Dr. Wendy Zierler, is Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature at HUC-JIR/NY. Prior to joining HUC-JIR she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of Hong Kong University where she lived for five and a half years while teaching at the University.

For further information, please call Sarah Schriever at (212) 824-2293 or e-mail

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