The Whole Megillah: New Images from an Old Book Drawings by David Wander

March 13 - May 2, 2008

Artist's Reception: Thursday, March 13, 2008, 5:30-7:30 PM
Program 6:30 p.m. with Professor David Kraemer
Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary
RSVP and Photo ID Required; RSVP to emueller@huc.edu or (212) 824-2205

David Wander's complete Megillat Esther is an accordion book, measuring 55 feet when fully extended, in which Wander has rendered and inscribed contemporary and ancient interpretations of the story of Purim.

  • Location: One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street), Manhattan; Subway: R/W to 8th St./NYU; 6 to Astor Place; A/C/E/B/D/F/V to W. 4th St.
  • Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Fridays, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Selected Sundays (February 24 and March 16 only), 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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About the Artist
Wander is a renowned book artist, who works in an "accordion style" book format, each unique. His work The Jonah Drawings was exhibited at HUC-JIR Museum in Fall 2006.

Wander works extensively in pastel as well as in oil and watercolor. His palette enhances the spirituality and intensity of his subjects. He has illustrated manuscripts of religious texts and created posters for Broadway plays.

Wander, a New York native, received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and has studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY, and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. He has exhibited his pastel and acrylic works at the Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and at numerous galleries in New York City, including the Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Gallery, the Allan Sheppard Gallery, and the Synagogue for the Arts. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, and the Jewish Theological Seminary Library in New York, NY, the President's Library and the State Department Collection in Washington, D.C, the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel, and the libraries at Yale University in New Haven, CT, and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

About HUC-JIR Museum
The Museum at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York is the visual extension of the spiritual, cultural, and educational life of the College-Institute, which provides graduate and professional programs for students of all faiths. Visit us at www.huc.edu/museums/ny.