Current Exhibitions

Paint by Numbers

On View: September 8, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, with a program at 7:00 pm

Numbers are integral to Jewish rituals, belief, significant historical dates, and daily life. Numbers and numerology have been at the core of Biblical understanding since the Bible was codified and possibly before. Inescapable, numbers are the global language of humanity. In this new exhibition, more than fifty contemporary artists explore the meaning of numbers and their symbolism through a broad range of artistic media.

The artists in the exhibition are:
Marlene Adler • DL Alvarez • Debra Band • Ed Baynard • Riva Bell • Henry Bismuth • Matt Blackwell • Sandra Bowden • Ariel Burge • Bunny Burson • Melanie Dankowicz • Damon Davis • Dorit Jordan Dotan • Joelle Dautricourt • Gunter Demnig & Peter Hess • Simon Donaldson • Freeman Dyson • Leonard Everett Fisher • Larry Frankel • Saara Gallin • Grace Graupe-Pillard • Barbara Green • Laurie Gross • Carol Hamoy • John Hirsch • Tamar Hirschl • Tobi Khan • Judy Glickman Lauder • John Lawson • Andrew Paul Leonard • Peachy Levy • Margalit Mannor • Suzi Matthews • Richard McBee • David Mumford • Jacqueline Nichols • Tetsuya Noda • Mark Podwal • Archie Rand • Tobia Rava • Trix Rosen • Judy Sirota Rosenthal • Jeffrey Schrier • Stephen Smale • Fred Spinowitz • Uri Shulevitz • Arthur Szyk • Meryl Taradash • David Wander • Paul Weissman • Joyce Ellen Weinstein • Ruth Weisberg • Donald Woodman • Estelle Kessler Yarinsky

This exhibition is accompanied by the illustrated catalog, Paint By Numbers, featuring essays by Rabbi David Adelson, D. Min., Curator Laura Kruger, and members of the HUC-JIR faculty -- bible scholar Dr. Adriane Leveen, and literature and feminist studies scholar Dr. Wendy Zierler.

The phrase ‘Paint by Number’ recognizes the commercial production in the early 1950s of pre-printed artist canvas craft sets that encouraged people to become artists. Acknowledgedand collected by the National Museum of American History,Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the phrase, ‘Paintby Number’ has entered American vernacular speech.


Lamed Vav: Paintings by Peter Leventhal

On View: September 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm, with a program at 6:30 pm

Lamed Vavniks are 36 ordinary people whose inherent purity of spirit empowers them to rescue humankind from ultimate destruction. Legend says that at all times there are thirty-six people, known in Yiddish as the lamed vavniks, whose good works protect humankind from disaster. Peter Leventhal imagines the lamed vavniks as regular people in his own life. His relatives, Mexican neighbors, and ordinary people with whom he has come into contact are featured among his paintings. Leventhal’s work confirms that it is the average people in the world, who keep it in peace and in motion, without whom our world would be a much darker place. Learn more >