Archetype/Anonymous: Biblical Women in
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan
September 9, 2002 - January 10, 2003
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 6, 3-5 pm
Artists' Panel, "Revisioning Biblical Women":
Tuesday, November 19, 6-8 pm
Biblical Women in Contemporary Art will be on view at the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum from September
9, 2002 through January 10, 2003. Contemporary artists chose biblical
women as subjects for works of art in an effort to creatively interpret
the varied aspects of these iconic figures. They challenge the biblical
tradition that has dominated Western civilization in an effort to
examine the core meaning of the text. Through art, they depict images
beyond the imagined or expected.
Jezebel/Queen of Israel
the last three decades biblical scholarship has given unprecedented
attention to the women portrayed in the Bible. Literature produced
by this scholarship explores the status and role of women in biblical
texts and in the ancient world that produced them. Biblical materials
often determine attitudes and policies that affect women's lives.
The enduring political and religious impact of the Bible on Western
society is colored by the many ways in which biblical figures have
been portrayed in postbiblical culture.
as well as female artists have turned to the Bible to choose subject
matter. The artists, including Suzanne Benton, Matt Blackwell, Judy
Chicago, Julie Dermansky, Ayana Friedman, Janet Goldner, Maty Grunberg,
Carol Hamoy, Barbara Rose Haum, Tobi Kahn, Avner Moriah, Archie
Rand, Deborah Rosenthal, Laura Lazar Siegel, Joan Snyder, Miriam
Stern, Selina Trieff, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, and Ruth Weisberg,
challenge 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 artists use color,
material, texture, and technique to emphasize the spiritual power
of the Biblical stories through artistic expression.
Kruger, Curator of the HUC-JIR Museum, noted: " The choice of an
emblematic yet enigmatic figure reflects a personal search for a
deeper significance in a rapidly changing world. In the last century
the status of Western women greatly altered. The values attributed
to the women of the Bible: piety, loyalty, resourcefulness, hope,
tenacity, and protection of the family are no less valid at this
moment then they were four thousand years ago. Changed, for women
of the West, are the circumstances of independence and intellectual
freedom. Women are no longer choiceless, bound by the rigid restrictions
of an ancient society. It is the woman as activist, as historical
persona that most artists choose to depict."
Hanah & Schmuel, 2001
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9 am - 5 pm; Fridays, 9 am - 3 pm; Selected
Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 24, December
Artists' Panel - "Revisioning Biblical Women"
Tuesday, November 19, 6-8 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
For curated tours for reporters/editors, group tours, and additional
information, please call (212) 824-2205.