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Floods, Towers and Crime Scenes: Reading the Bible Through Art with Rachel Brodie

Class Titles/Dates/Times:
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cain & Abel: An Investigation of crime scene art from frescoes to photographs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Noah’s Art: Children’s book illustrations and the sinking of Bible stories for all ages.

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
A Tower of Babel: The language of architecture meets the deconstruction of theology.

About the Program:
Explore centuries of visual interpretation of Biblical stories with Rachel Brodie, Executive Director of Jewish Milestones.

For most of its history the Torah was “read” primarily through images carved in stone, pieced together from mosaics, and assembled in stained glass. The powerful hold these representations had on the popular imagination continues to impact our understanding of the Bible today. Yet, the role of the artist as interpreter of the text is often overlooked.

In this series, which is presented in conjunction with the exhibition As it is Written: Project 304, 805, we will explore three archetypal stories that have been depicted throughout the ages—Cain’s fratricide, the flood that spared Noah, and the ziggurat of Babel—through the study of texts and the basics of visual literacy. The class will also be “in conversation” with newly commissioned artistic responses to the Book of Genesis as part of As it is Written: Project 304, 805.

Rachel Brodie is a Jewish educator specializing in adult and family education. She is a co-founder and currently serves as the Executive Director of Jewish Milestones. In addition, Rachel teaches Jewish literature, history, and ethics at a wide variety of Bay Area institutions, serves as a scholar-in-residence around the country and facilitates many non-synagogue-based Jewish lifecycle rituals each year. She holds an M.A. in Midrash from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a B.A. in Literature and History from Brown University.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Jewish Milestones.

$10 CJM & Lehrhaus Members/$12 General Admission per class
$25 CJM & Lehrhaus Members/$30 General Admission per series Includes Museum admission.

For more information call the box office at 415.655.7881

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Added by jewishmuseumsf on December 22, 2009

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