VIDEO: Contemporary Artists’ Vision of Biblical Narratives

Featured artists: Archie Rand, Richard McBee and Robert Brandwayn. These three contemporary artists discuss their studio practice, process and the inherent challenges of working with Biblical narratives and themes.

Curators: Dorit Jordan Dotan and Judith Joseph.

This program is made possible with generous support by CANVAS.

About the artists:

Archie Rand (b. 1949) is an artist from Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Rand received his BFA in cinegraphics from the Pratt Institute, and also studied at the Art Student’s League of New York. His first exhibition was in 1966, at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery (NYC) and he has since had over 100 solo and over 200 group exhibitions. Mr. Rand’s work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. His recent book The 613 was lauded in the NY Times. Currently he is the Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College.

With a B.A. in music and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and studies in Art from The Ecole du Louvre in Paris, Robert Brandwayn’s work aims to understand how resilience, solidarity, and the creative spirit help migrant groups survive and thrive despite the interruption and longing being a migrant entails. Brandwayn’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in many countries including Colombia, Venezuela, China, and the United States. He was the winner of the Guest Artist Award during the New Artist in Japan exhibit at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Instagram: @brandwaynart

Richard McBee is a painter of Biblical subject matter concentrating on the most troubling and contentious Torah narratives, especially those that explore the role of women from unorthodox perspectives. He continues to write about Jewish Art, exhibit paintings, lecture and curate Jewish art exhibitions as a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon. His, exhibits over 300 of his artworks and 250 of his Jewish Art reviews.

The JAS Open Studios Program Series is supported by Advisor Yona Verwer and team members Cheselyn Amato and Chana Wiesenthal Elias.

Graphic by Dorit Jordan Dotan. Image by Archie Rand.