Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hasidic rabbi's pop art to go on display 

An exhibition of silk screens by Hasidic pop artist Rabbi Yitzchok Moully will be on display Sunday at the Chabad Jewish Center, located at 745 W. Main St.

One of the images in this exhibit, titled “Post Pop,” depicts a line of people – each dressed all in black except one, whose orange socks create a striking juxtaposition among the black silhouettes.

“You don’t need big dreads or tattoos to define individuality,” Rabbi Moully, also known as the “pop art rabbi,” stated in a press release. “In truth, Judaism really asks of us to find ourselves within the experience. It’s not about being a carbon copy. It’s asking us to find personal meaning within Judaism.”

The public is invited to a wine and cheese reception from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday to meet the artist and to view and purchase his work. At 11 a.m., Rabbi Moully will lead a dialogue about his work and how it relates to his spirituality and religion.

As a youth rabbi in New Jersey, he sees his work as a way to share his view of the Hasidic lifestyle and dispel images that it is rigid.

In his work, Shabbat candlesticks, which can be handed down generations in a family, share a canvas with a Zippo lighter. A Kiddush cup is next to a martini glass; a Torah next to an e-reader. Vibrant colors re-interpret ageless tradition.

“I want my work to be a conversation piece, the rabbi said in the release.” It’s not your grandparent’s Hasidic art. It’s a way for contemporary Jews and contemporary Americans to connect with each other.”


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