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.


In a Woman’s Shadow: A Visual Essay

"In a Woman’s Shadow: A Visual Essay” of photographs by noted journalist and Moment Magazine editor and publisher Nadine Epstein will open on April 20, 2017, from 6-8 pm ET at the Jules Backman Gallery at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum (One West Fourth Street, New York).  The exhibition will remain on view through June 30, 2017.

On a reporting trip to Ukraine in 2008, Epstein became fascinated by her shadow on the land that her ancestors once trod, inspiring nearly a decade of insightful, fluid images that make up her iShadow Project. “In a Woman’s Shadow: A Visual Essay,” highlights some of her shadow photographs set against various pilgrimage sites and natural landscapes, creating a visual dialogue that includes the viewer. In this selection of over two dozen fleeting moments of travel, study, jubilation, and insight, Epstein includes us in her personal conversation.

"I feel Nadine Epstein’s ethereal shadow images capture memory and time with a quiet emotion that leaves us in a state of reflection."
Renowned visual artist Mindy Weisel

"Epstein integrates her shadow into a given landscape or scene with a discerning eye for composition and rhythm. Her evocative images transform the transient into the permanent, creating a digital record that is uniquely hers.”
Former arts editor of Smithsonian magazine

Nadine Epstein is the editor and publisher of Moment Magazine and founder of the Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative. The author of several books, Epstein’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, The Christian Science Monitor and Ms., amongst others.

Moment Magazine, co-founded by Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and acclaimed writer Leonard Fein, is more than a magazine; it is a guide to Jewish civilization, past and present. It is an independent print and online media community not tied to any movement, denomination, or ideology featuring world-class journalism, events, and programming.