TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020 from 5:30–8:00 pm
Mayerson Hall, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
5:30 Reception and light bites
6:15 Remarks and slide talk by artist Archie Rand
Internationally celebrated artist and Jewish scholar Archie Rand brings a unique blend of expressionistic comic book style and loosely painted imagery rendered in vivid tones to familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. Visually stunning and thoughtful, the works by this living artist are at the same time irreverent and serious, adding fresh perspectives to narratives that have shaped Western civilization.
WHEN COMICS MEET THE BIBLE:
AN EVENING WITH CURATOR SAMANTHA BASKIND, PH.D.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 7 pm in Mayerson Hall
Exhibition curator Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University, is the author of five books on modern Jewish art and co-editor of The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, the foundational volume in the field. She has published over 100 articles and reviews in academic journals, museum catalogues, edited collections, encyclopedias, and the popular press. Tonight she will talk about how in both concept and style Archie Rand’s groundbreaking series updates the Hebrew Bible’s archetypal stories about power, faith, humility, sexuality, and family dynamics for the modern day.
LUNCH AND LEARN
Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 12–2 pm in Mayerson Hall
Join Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for a brief slide presentation over a casual lunch. Learn about the sources and inspiration for Archie Rand’s inventive interpretations of some of the Hebrew Bible’s most compelling stories. An exhibition walk and talk is included.
Reservations required by March 26.
WARNING! EXPLICIT CONTENT:
SEX, VIOLENCE, AND FAMILY DRAMA IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
In partnership with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
Eight consecutive Wednesdays, April 29–June 17, 2020
9:30–11:30 am in Mayerson Hall
Against the backdrop of Archie Rand’s visually stunning body of work, join Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz and guest scholars to explore how artists throughout history have addressed some of the Hebrew Bible’s most powerful and shocking stories. From the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden to the Binding of Isaac to David and Bathsheba, there is ample and provocative material for lively sessions where we will investigate the intersection of text, life, and art.
Registration and advance payment required. Space is limited.
Skirball members: $5 for 8-week course; Non-members: $10 for 8-week course
FAMILY FUN WORKSHOP: COMIC, CARTOONS, AND WORD BUBBLES
Sunday, May 3 from 1–3 pm in Mayerson Hall
Extend your enjoyment of the Sunday comics by bringing your family (middle-school age and older) to visit the exhibition and learn how Archie Rand combined art and words to relay familiar Bible stories. Then make your own comic about a story in the Hebrew Bible or a topic of interest to you. Everything you’ll need to make your own comic strip will be provided. We’ll see you in the funny papers!
Reservations required by April 27.
CLOSING DAY OF THE EXHIBITION
Sunday, June 28, 2020 1–5 pm in Mayerson Hall
Enjoy this last opportunity to self-tour Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible.
Programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
SKIRBALL MUSEUM: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 11 am–4 pm; Sunday 1–5 pm